Benfica boss Jorge Jesus is left stunned after Haris Seferovic’s shocking late miss at Barcelona
‘Never seen anything like it in 30 years as a coach’: Benfica boss Jorge Jesus drops to his knees after SHOCKING stoppage time miss of Haris Seferovic in Champions League game at Barcelona
- Haris Seferovic missed in Benfica’s Champions League match against Barcelona
- In stoppage time, the Swiss striker forfeited a chance to give his side a 1-0 lead
- A win would have pushed the Portuguese side into second place in Group E
- Benfica must beat Dynamo Kyiv in the final group match and Barca must lose
Benfica head coach Jorge Jesus described Haris Seferovic’s horrific miss against Barcelona in the Champions League as the worst he has seen in ’30 years’.
The attacker forfeited a huge opportunity to give Benfica a 1-0 lead over the Catalans and propel them to second place in Group E.
But the Swiss international’s tame effort on the counter-attack was toes wide, leaving the Portuguese side with an uphill battle to make it to the knockout stage.
Haris Seferovic (center) lost chance to put Benfica 1-0 in injury time against Barca
Benfica broke into stoppage time on the counter-attack and found themselves in a two-on-one situation. Darwin Nunez found substitute Seferovic enough space at the goal.
The Swiss striker did the tough part when he winked the ball over an onrushing Marc-Andre ter Stegen and found himself in front of an empty goal with a clambering Barcelona defender in tow.
But instead of breaking the Blaugrana’s hearts, Seferovic sent the ball wide from a few yards away, ending the game in a scoreless stalemate.
On the sidelines, Jesus fell to the ground stunned by the roar and after the game the coach claimed he had never seen anything like it.
On the sidelines, Benfica boss Jorge Jesus collapsed in horror from the miss
“I’ve never seen anything like it in 30 years as a coach, but it happened,” Jesus told CNN Portugal. “For me and for Benfica.”
Rather than help his side to second in the group by a point over Barcelona, Seferovic kept the Blaugrana’s hopes alive in the Champions League as Xavi’s first European game takes the lead and moves the club an inch closer to the last-16.
But despite the result, Jesus insisted he was proud of his side and although the odds were against them, he believed Benfica could move forward.
‘The team created opportunities, we left with a result that makes us dream’ [of advancing]”It doesn’t depend on us,” he said. “We have a chance if there is only one game left. We are in the mix with Barcelona, a team that wants to win the Champions League.
The Portuguese boss claimed he had never seen anything like a missed opportunity in ’30 years’
After the scoreless stalemate, Benfica now faces an uphill battle to advance to the last-16
“This can only make us proud for the fans, because the team behaved like a great team here.”
With one group stage match to go, Barcelona must beat Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich – who have already secured their place in the last-16 – to keep alive any chance of progress, as Benfica takes on Dynamo Kyiv.
If they beat Kiev and Barcelona suffer a defeat at the hands of Germany, Benfica will make it.
The Portuguese side could also come through if they win and Barcelona draw, as if they are tied on points, Benfica will prevail based on the head-to-head record of beating the Catalans 3-0 on matchday two.
The Portuguese side must beat Dynamo Kyiv in the final game of the group stage to advance