Barcelona: Pinto; Montoya, Puyol, Adriano
(Piqué 65'), Planas; Thiago, Alex Song, Sergi Roberto; Rafinha (Messi
58'), David Villa, Tello (Deulofeu 78'). 4-3-3.
Benfica: Artur; Maxi Pereira, Luisao, Garay, Melgarejo; Nolito (Bruno Cesar 62'), Matic, Andre Gomes, Ola John; Rodrigo (Almeida 73'), Lima (Cardozo 73'). 4-4-2.
A depleted Barcelona ended the group stage with a disappointing 0-0 draw in the Nou Camp on Wednesday evening. Tito Vilanova's side had already tied up top spot in their group a fortnight ago, and the coach put out a line-up almost entirely made up of reserve and B team players, Puyol the only certain starter in a first choice team. Four of the youngsters were actually making their Champions league debuts, including Rafinha, who lined up alongside his brother Thiago. Their opponents were still in with a chance of qualifying for the first knock-out round though, and they took advantage of Barça's weakened team to dominate the first half, with Spanish under 21 striker Rodrigo firing a shot wide when free on goal early on, and Pinto just getting enough on a Lima shot to turn it on to the post. Meanwhile David Villa was lacking the support he usually gets, and when he did get a couple of chances he fell in to the Benfica offside trap. The Portuguese side kept up the attack though, Rodrigo and ex Barça B forward Nolito failing to hit the target either side of half time. Vilanova eventually turned to Messi, but after firing a couple of free kicks wide, he injured his knee in a clash with keeper Artur, and worryingly had to be taken off on a stretcher (although the first reports are that the injury was not as serious as it looked). The Catalans held on with ten men for the last few minutes to add a bit more prize money to their piggy-bank, but the visitors' joy for picking up a point in the Nou camp was soured when they heard that Celtic had got above them after beating spartak Moscow, and they will now have to settle for the Europa League.