Barcelona and Shakhtar continue to be embroiled in drama, marking the tragic climax of Messi's last season.

 Barcelona and Shakhtar continue to be embroiled in drama, marking the tragic climax of Messi's last season.

The Catalan team wasted an easy opportunity to qualify

At a time when things were moving towards an easy qualification for Barcelona to the round of 16 of the Champions League, the Catalan team decided to give its fans more suffering.

A strange and unexpected loss to Shakhtar Donetsk by an unanswered goal, postponing the team's passage to the knockout stage, amid fears of a drama that could turn things upside down.

Qualification would have been the first for Barcelona since the departure of Argentine star Lionel Messi from the team in 2021, after which the team continually headed to the European League due to failure in the group stage.

Current indicators may not indicate that this will happen again, but why did Barcelona fail to qualify?

Conciliation will not work every time
After losing to Real Madrid in El Clásico, Barcelona returned to victory again this week with a very difficult victory over Real Sociedad with a goal without a response in the Spanish League.

Barcelona won despite the modest performance shown by coach Xavi Hernandez's team, including poor planning, defensive shakiness, and a lack of effectiveness and influence in front of goal, so the success was served by a late goal from Ronald Araujo.

Today, against Shakhtar, Barcelona showed a great deal of randomness, as the team was content with possession only without effectively influencing the Ukrainian team’s goal, with the percentage reaching 46% compared to 36% for Shakhtar.
The hosts and the fans have 4 balls on goal compared to only one ball for Barcelona, ​​a number that reflects the lack of offensive organization despite playing with great force, with the presence of Rafinha, Robert Lewandowski, Ferran Torres, and Joao Felix coming out in the second half.

A new date with drama
With a little focus, Barcelona could have qualified for the round of 16 in Group H with ease, as its score would have risen to 12 points, compared to 6 for Porto, which plays tonight against Royal Antwerp, and only 3 points for Shakhtar with two matches remaining.

But the current situation is that Barcelona leads the group with 9 points, compared to 6 for Porto and Shakhtar, and 0 for Royal Antwerp, so qualification is postponed to the last two rounds in a new dramatic scene.

The same scene was repeated in the 2020/2021 season, Messi's last with the Catalan team, in which Barcelona topped the group after winning the first 5 matches and played against Juventus in the last round, revealing the drama that Barcelona knows its way well on the continental level.

The match was at Camp Nou, and Barcelona lost it 3-0 in a resounding surprise and rose to second place. It was the first time that any team topped its group in 5 rounds and qualified as runner-up.

The irony of fate is that Barcelona's qualification in second place made it fall to Paris Saint-Germain, leaving the competition in the round of 16 after a 1-1 draw in the Parc des Princes and a 4-1 loss in the Camp Nou.

This is what Barcelona fans currently fear, even though things seem easy for Antwerp and Porto, but any possible scenario cannot be ruled out because European torment is not new to fans of the Catalan team!

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