Goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar shines in Slavia Prague’s 0-0 draw as Barcelona failed to score despite Lionel Messi’s magic for the first time in 46 home games. Kolar ensured that all Messi’s shots messaged to his net were well saved.
Goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar further put up a briliant save to keep out a Gerard Pique header from the following corner. Barcelona remain top of Champions League Group F, while Slavia Prague are no where close to top.
Barcelona have eight points from four matches while Borussia Dortmund and Inter Milan had four points each going into their 20:00 GMT kick-off at the Westfalenstadion.
Slavia Prague started the game very well but the exciting Nigerian striker Peter Olayinka couldn’t latch onto Petr Sevcik’s square pass in the fourth minute.
Barcelona were lacklustre at the early stage and their most effective attacking threat was full-back Nelson Semedo, who twice broke clear down the right, before wasting the final ball.
Messi, who terminated his move of scoring or giving assistance in his past 13 Champions League group-stage starts at the Nou Camp, tried most of his magic but was unable to drive home a winner.
The Barca talisman turned Michal Frydrych in his own half before bursting clear and firing a shot at goal, but his effort struck the crossbar.
Both Slavia Prague and Barcelona had goals cancelled for offside after VAR was consulted, as first Jan Boril’s close-range finish was cancelled, and then Arturo Vidal’s finish was chalked off after Messi was cautioned in the build-up.
Winger Ansu Fati, 17, was sent in from the bench in the second half and he quickly fed Messi with the outside of his right foot, but the Barca star could only send his shot straight at Kolar.
The La Liga champions face Borussia Dortmund at home in their next Champions League tie on Wednesday, 27 November (20:00 GMT), while Slavia host Inter Milan at the same time.
Sources: BBC, SurgeZirc UK Sport