Today’s European League fixture at the Palau Blaugrana was an absolute humdinger, with intensity, tension and goals, with Benfica coming back from three down to snatch a draw when it had looked at one moment like Barça would be celebrating a handsome victory.
The Portuguese side were two goals down with three minutes to go and it wasn’t until the dying seconds that Nicolia pulled level at 5 each.
It means Barça were unable to certify qualification for the next round, although with a three-point lead at the top of the table, the Catalans are still very much in pole position to do so.
Barça’s now switch their attention back to the league and a game on Wednesday (9.15pm CET) away to Caldes Recam Làser.
Barça: Sergi Fernández, Pablo Álvarez, Pau Bargalló, Sergi Panadero, Helder Nunes, Matias Pascual, Nil Roca, Ignacio Alabart, Joao Rodrigues.
Benfica: Pedro Henriques, Valter Neves, Diogo Rafael, Carlos Nicolia, Lucas Ordoñez, Albert Casanovas, Edu Lamas, Jordi Adroher, Vierinha.
Goals: Helder Nunes (1-0, min 3); Helder Nunes (2-0, min 18); Jordi Adroher (2-1, min 18); Pablo Álvarez (3-1, min 24); Lucas Ordoñez (3-2, min 26); Nil Roca (4-2, min 27); Pau Bargalló (5-2, min 35); Jordi Adroher (5-3, min 36); Jordi Adroher (5-4, min 47); Carlos Nicolia (5-5, min 49).