Barcelona’s poor week continued with an uninspired goalless home draw against Czech Republic minnows Slavia Prague in the Champions League.
Under-fire head coach Ernesto Valverde required a firm reaction after the weekend’s staggering 3-1 loss – from one-goal ahead – versus Levante. The limp La Liga holders, however, failed to respond in a Group F-contest from which Lionel Messi rocked the crossbar in the first half and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, from the Argentine’s pass, had a tap-in ruled out for offside after the interval.
The visitors also had their moments, despite registering only 38-per-cent possession, and midfielder Lukas Masopust witnessed his first-half injury time rebound also denied for the same reason.
This stalemate denied leaders Barca the chance to virtually guarantee progression to the round of 16, while Slavia will almost be eliminated if a victor emerges from Borussia Dortmund v Inter Milan.