Benfica 3-0 Barcelona: Extra strain on Ronald Koeman after Champions League defeat

Darwin Nunez opened the scoring for Benfica after 133 seconds

Benfica swept apart Barcelona to heap extra strain on boss Ronald Koeman, whose aspect have made their worst begin to a Champions League marketing campaign and are in peril of not that includes within the knockout stage for the primary time in 18 years.

Barca – additionally crushed 3-0 by Bayern Munich earlier this month – have misplaced their opening two matches within the competitors for the primary time, and sit backside of Group E.

Benfica received off to an lively begin and opened the scoring inside three minutes, when Darwin Nunez reduce inside and completed low into the close to nook.

Rafa Silva then clipped in a second after the break and Nunez netted a penalty in a cushty victory for the house aspect.

Nunez additionally hit the submit from out extensive after rounding stranded Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who made a rash choice to cost out of his space.

Luuk de Jong missed a wonderful probability to stage for the guests early within the first half when introduced with a seemingly open aim.

However Barca solely registered one effort heading in the right direction and had Eric Garcia despatched off for a second reserving with three minutes remaining.

Defeat means Barcelona face the prospect of not making the knockout stage for the primary time because the 2003-04 season, when they didn’t qualify for the Champions League.

The final time they did not progress from the primary group stage when enjoying within the competitors was within the 2000-01 marketing campaign.

Line-ups

Benfica

Formation 3-4-3

  • 99Vlachodimos
  • 4Veríssimo da Silva
  • 30OtamendiBooked at 33mins
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 22LazaroSubstituted forJuniorat 45+1′minutes
  • 28WeiglBooked at 72mins
  • 20João Mário
  • 3GrimaldoBooked at 62minsSubstituted forMagalhães de Almeidaat 75′minutes
  • 27Ferreira SilvaBooked at 56minsSubstituted forAfonso Fernandesat 86′minutes
  • 15YaremchukSubstituted forTaarabtat 75′minutes
  • 9NúñezSubstituted forMatias Ramosat 86′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Junior
  • 7Sousa Soares
  • 11Meité
  • 18Cunha Pereira de Pinho
  • 21Afonso Fernandes
  • 23Radonjic
  • 34Magalhães de Almeida
  • 49Taarabt
  • 77Aleixo Leite
  • 83Carvalho Fernandes
  • 88Matias Ramos
  • 91Rodrigues da Silva

Barcelona

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1ter Stegen
  • 4Araujo
  • 3PiquéBooked at 12minsSubstituted forPaez Gaviriaat 33′minutes
  • 24GarcíaBooked at 87mins
  • 20RobertoSubstituted forMinguezaat 89′minutes
  • 21de Jong
  • 5BusquetsSubstituted forGonzález Iglesiasat 68′minutesBooked at 86mins
  • 2DestBooked at 78mins
  • 16González LópezSubstituted forCoutinhoat 68′minutes
  • 17de JongSubstituted forFati Vieiraat 68′minutes
  • 9Depay

Substitutes

  • 6Puig Martí
  • 10Fati Vieira
  • 11Demir
  • 13Murara Neto
  • 14Coutinho
  • 15Lenglet
  • 22Mingueza
  • 23Umtiti
  • 26Peña Sotorres
  • 28González Iglesias
  • 30Paez Gaviria

Referee:
Daniele Orsato

Attendance:
29,454

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