FC Barcelona hosted Slavia Prague for the UEFA Champinos League hoping to improve their poor showing vs. Levante, but ended up earning just one point with a 0-0 draw.
The Blaugrana couldn’t get past Ondrej Kolar, who had the performance of his life by stopping 6 shots and preventing his side from being humiliated.
And, despite being knocked out of the competition, Prague’s players were trying to make the most of the experience of playing at Camp Nou, enjoying every minute of the game and trying to swap their jerseys with Barcelona’s superstars.
However, Kolar claimed only Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and a few players actually stayed to congratulate them on their performance, saying Lionel Messi and most players didn’t even shake their hands after the game:
“He (Ter Stegen) was waiting for me inside the tunnel. He stopped me and said he hadn’t seen such a good goalkeeping performance for a long time and that it was a pleasure to watch me play well with my feet. He waited for me after the match, which I take as the ultimate award.
To hear such praise from such a good goalkeeper, I had goosebumps. It was an amazing experience, but some of the other players… Messi and the others just left – some of them didn’t even shake our hands. It was sad. We were all looking forward to meeting these big players, we wanted to swap jerseys after the match, but they didn’t behave very well,” the goalkeeper told iDNES.cz.
Still, Kolar didn’t let that unsportsmanlike behavior ruin his day after their heroic performance at Camp Nou, stating he felt as if his club could’ve won the match:
“I live for soccer, playing at stadiums like this is the greatest thing for me. We were all looking forward to it – it’s every boy’s dream. And to have such a good game here? Amazing. To keep a team like this from scoring doesn’t happen to everyone.
We’re the first team in a long time to keep a clean sheet here, everyone knows that Barcelona is a goal factory. We survived a few hectic moments but it’s a pity that we didn’t score. I felt like we could have won,” he concluded.
As for Barcelona, they’re still leading the group with 8 points, with Borussia Dortmund and Internazionale fighting toe-to-toe for the second spot and a ticket to the next round.