XAVI is on the brink of a horror Champions League exit as Barcelona were held at home to Benfica.
The Spanish giants drew 0-0 and remain second in the group, with German champions Bayern Munich home and dry, eight points clear.
But Benfica play bottom Dynamo Kiev in their final group stage, while Barca travel to Munich.
It means the LaLiga side could be in need of a win against Bayern, with Benfica sure to be favourites against Kiev.
A win at the Camp Nou Stadium would have guaranteed they a spot in the knockout stages for an straight season.
But they failed to capitalise in what was Xavi’s managerial Champions League debut.
Defender Ronald Araujo thought he had scored the crucial winner in the 83rd but the goal was disallowed for offside.
Benfica had their own chance in stoppage time when Haris Seferovic got past keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen but failed to find the net.
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Bayern won 2-1 at Dynamo in the other match to make it a perfect five in the group.
Benfica have not progressed past the group stage since 2016-17, when they were eliminated by Borussia Dortmund in the last 16.
Barca played well and looked in control from the start even but lacked creativity in front of goal.
Xavi was without Sergi Roberto because of an injury, while Sergino Dest, who also had been nursing an injury, started on the bench.
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