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Europa League: Barcelona Xavi ‘four’ Hernandez was held to a goalless draw yesterday, as Inaki Pena frustrated parent club.

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 10: Coach Xavi Hernandez of FC Barcelona during the UEFA Europa League match between FC Barcelona v Galatasaray at the Camp Nou on March 10, 2022 in Barcelona Spain (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Barcelona were held to a 0-0 draw by Turkish giants Galatasaray as the Catalans couldn’t get past their goalkeeper who is currently on loan at the Turkish club.

Inaki Peña frustrated his parent club to help Galatasaray retain a good chance to qualify for the next stage in the Europa League.(Getty Images)

Barcelona could not take advantage of playing in front of their home crowd and have left everything to play for in Turkey next week as theywere held to a goalless draw by Galatasaray in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

Frenkie de Jong went closest for the La Liga side when he struck the post in the second half from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s overhead kick.

Former Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis thought he had earned the visitors an unlikely late win but his sublime finish was ruled out for offside.

Memphis Depay twice went close to giving Xavi’s side a first-half lead.

The Dutchman’s curling free-kick was saved by Galatasaray goalkeeper Inaki Pena, before Depay was denied again by the Barcelona loanee with a low drive that was heading for the far corner.

The tie ended 0-0 as Galatasaray held on to keep the tie level and alive ahead of next week’s second leg in Turkey.

The Uefa Europa League trophy.(Getty Images)

UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Results 

 FC Porto 0-1 Lyon

Real Betis 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt

 Sevilla 1-0 West Ham United

 Barcelona 0-0 Galatasaray

Rangers 3-0 FK Crvena Zvezda

Sporting Braga 2-0 AS Monaco

Atalanta 3-2 Bayer Leverkusen

UEFA Europa League Round of 16 Second Leg Fixtures & Date. 

Thursday, 17th March 2022

 Galatasary v Barcelona

 Bayer Leverkusen v Atalanta

FK Crvena Zvezda v Rangers 

 AS Monaco v Sporting Braga

 Eintracht Frankfurt v Real Betis

 West Ham United v Sevilla

 Lyon v FC Porto

The Red Bull Leipzig vs Spartak Moscow tie has been cancelled due to UEFA’s decision to suspend Russian clubs from their tournaments. The Bundesliga team will progress directly to the quarter-final stages.

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