Camp Nou - Barcelona 13/03/2002 - 20:45CET (20:45 local time)

Second group stage - Group B

Barcelona - Liverpool
0-0
 

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Draw maintains Liverpool's hopes

Published: Thursday 14 March 2002
Liverpool FC and FC Barcelona shared the spoils in a stalemate at the Camp Nou stadium.
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Published: Thursday 14 March 2002

Draw maintains Liverpool's hopes

Liverpool FC and FC Barcelona shared the spoils in a stalemate at the Camp Nou stadium.
FC Barcelona 0-0 Liverpool FC
Liverpool FC and FC Barcelona shared the spoils after a bruising UEFA Champions League stalemate at the Camp Nou stadium in their penultimate Group B match on Wednesday night.

All to play for
With the other match in the section also ending in a draw, Liverpool, four-time European champions, must now defeat AS Roma at Anfield next week to progress, while the Catalan side will need a victory if Liverpool do take all three points, but just a draw if the Italian champions win. 

Real menace
Liverpool earned the right to keep their Group B hopes alive with an uncomprimising display. Steven Gerrard, Danny Murphy and Dietmar Hamann presented the home side with a solid white wall to break through in midfield, tackling with real menace when the occasion required, while Stéphane Henchoz and Sami Hyypiä let nothing or no one get through the centre of defence all night long.

Defensive platform
Indeed, those five players provided the platform for the visitors to dominate most of the first half, with Gerrard going close twice from John Arne Riise crosses. On the first occasion the England midfield player just failed to make contact at the far post when he looked certain to score and, later in the half, headed just wide when he rose well above the home defence.

Missing Owen
But how Liverpool missed the injured Michael Owen. Emile Heskey held the ball up well and caused the wily Frank de Boer any number of problems until he went off injured in the second half, but he really needed his strike partner's pace alongside him to break the home side down. Jari Litmanen, back in front of his former employers, was a peripheral figure before being replaced by Vladimír Šmicer. The Czech fared little better. Liverpool have now scored just two goals in five games in this stage of the Champions League and they will need their talisman back next week if they are to progress.

Barcelona back

Barcelona's front three of Rivaldo, Patrick Kluivert and Javier Saviola had to dig deep for the first half-hour, feeding on scraps when they did appear and shooting from distance. As the half wore on, though, their sumptuous skills came more into play, with the slight Argentinian Saviola in particular showing just why he cost over €20m last summer. Indeed, he made Barcelona's best chance of the first period, breaking down the right side of the area to tee up an inviting cross for Luis Enrique, who failed to connect.

Merry dance
And it was Saviola who led Jamie Carragher a merry dance throughout the second half. After 66 minutes it was another of his crosses as he broke in from the inside-right position that Philippe Christanval headed against the post with Jerzy Dudek beaten. Carragher had been warned but was completely helpless when, moments later, Saviola put the ball through the England man's legs but skewed his shot wide. Saviola was given a rousing reception when he was substituted with three minutes to play, and he more than deserved it.
Last updated: 14/03/02 11.34CET

Related information

Team profiles

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Lineups

barcelona

Barcelona

liverpool

Liverpool

1
BonanoRoberto Bonano (GK)
12
DudekJerzy Dudek (GK)
3
F. de BoerFrank de Boer
2
HenchozStéphane Henchoz
7
SaviolaJavier Saviola
Substitution88
3
Abel XavierAbel Xavier
8
CocuPhillip Cocu
Yellow Card90
4
HyypiäSami Hyypiä (C)
9
KluivertPatrick Kluivert
8
HeskeyEmile Heskey
Substitution74
10
RivaldoRivaldo
13
MurphyDanny Murphy
Yellow Card12
17
ChristanvalPhilippe Christanval
16
HamannDietmar Hamann
Yellow Card39
21
Luis EnriqueLuis Enrique (C)
Substitution77
17
GerrardSteven Gerrard
Yellow Card25
Substitution80
23
CocoFrancesco Coco
18
John Arne RiiseJohn Arne Riise
24
PuyolCarles Puyol
23
CarragherJamie Carragher
28
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
37
LitmanenJari Litmanen
Substitution70

Substitutes

13
ReinaPepe Reina (GK)
22
KirklandChris Kirkland (GK)
5
AbelardoAbelardo
5
BarošMilan Baroš
Substitution74
6
Xavi HernándezXavi Hernández
7
ŠmicerVladimír Šmicer
Substitution70
14
GerardGerard
Substitution77
20
BarmbyNick Barmby
Substitution80
15
RochembackFábio Rochemback
21
McAllisterGary McAllister
18
GabriGabri
25
BišćanIgor Bišćan
22
GeovanniGeovanni
Substitution88
29
WrightStephen Wright

Coach

Carlos Rexach (ESP) Philip Brian Thompson (ENG)

Referee

Kyros Vassaras (GRE)

Assistant referees

Simeon Tsolakidis (GRE), Igor Sramka (SVK)

Fourth official

Georgios Borovilos (GRE)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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