Benfica 3 – 0 FC Barcelona: Catalans on the Verge of Champions League exit

Benfica handed FC Barcelona their second defeat in as many matches in the Champions League after a dismal display from the Catalans away from home.

Barca were coming off of a resounding 3-0 victory against Levante at home over the weekend before they met their Waterloo at Benfica who opened scoring in the second minute of the game.

Despite Barca controlling possessions and having the upper hand in the first half, they failed to convert any of the open chances they created. This has become increasingly worrying, especially as the players seem to go ballistic in front of the post as opposed to scoring even the cheapest of goals that fell their way.

In the end however, Benfica never failed to utilize their chances, and added two more goals before the full time whistle to complete their riot on the night. The win now means Barca has lost their first two matches in the UCL for the first time in as many years.

The defeat also means Barca now comfortably sit at the bottom of the table in their group. Barca are now on the verge of being eliminated at the Group stage of the competition unless they win all their remaining matches going forward.

Tactically, Koeman disoriented the team by choosing to upscale the entire squad into an alien formation instead of sticking with what worked. With this massive display of ineptitude and crass mismanagement of match strategy when it counts most, the countdown officially begins to when the Dutchman will receive the sack letter.

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