The Polish striker only managed one shot as the Blaugrana were made to wait to secure qualification for the knockout rounds
Robert Lewandowski failed to score for the sixth straight game, and Barcelona rarely carved out any clear chances in a shock 1-0 loss to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Tuesday. The Poland striker, Barca’s most obvious attacking threat, was rendered anonymous by a dogged defense, as his side saw their hopes of getting out of their group delayed.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen was forced into a save early, denying a driven effort at his near post. He could do little about the game’s next big chance, though, as. Shakhtar worked the ball down the right, before Giorgi Gocholeishvili whipped a ball into the area for Danylo Sikan. His finish was a wonderful one, the big striker falling away from goal yet still managing to divert a looping header into the far corner.
Barca created little else at the start of the second half, and could have easily conceded more, had Ter Stegen not provided two more handy stops.
And Blaugrana frustrations only multiplied throughout the half. Shakhtar dropped deep, happy to sit on a 1-0 lead — a decision that proved prudent as Xavi’s side repeatedly failed to find space in a crowded final third. Lewandowski, the theoretical answer to such woes, barely had a kick as Barca failed to find a groove in a shock defeat.
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