Barcelona fail to score for first time in three months

One of the defining features of Barcelona under Xavi Hernandez has been their ruthlessness in front of goal.

 

The Blaugrana had scored in 16 consecutive matches before their Europa League last-16 first leg against Galatasaray on Thursday evening.

 

However, for all of their efforts, they were ultimately frustrated by the Turkish side’s stubborn defence and Inaki Pena’s magnificent display in goal.

 

The last time that Barcelona had failed to score was on December 8, as they lost 3-0 to Bayern Munich in their final Champions’ League group-stage fixture.

 

Their goalscoring prowess has been clear since, and in their last four matches they have scored 14 goals, having found the back of the net four times against each of Valencia, Napoli and Athletic Club.

 

At full time, Barcelona centre-back Eric Garcia stated that his side will look to put things right in the second leg in Turkey next Thursday.

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“Our decision-making wasn’t as good as it has been recently,” he said.

 

“We will go there to give everything, and we will learn from today.

 

“We have to go into every match at 100 percent.

 

“Sometimes, when you are on such a good run, you think that you can win easily.

 

“The coach warned us that [Galatasaray] are a team which don’t deserve to be where they are in the table.”

 

Possession and shots

Memphis Depay had two big chances to open the scoring in the first half, but Inaki Pena pulled off two excellent saves.

 

Frenkie de Jong had a shot which rebounded off the post. Ferran Torres, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Pedri, Adama Traore, Sergio Busquets, Luuk de Jong, Jordi Alba and Ousmane Dembele all tried their luck, but they were unable to break the deadlock.

 

Barcelona had 68 percent possession and 15 shots, four of which were on target. Galatasaray had three shots, one of which was one target.

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