Barcelona suffered a severe defeat against Portuguese host Benfica 3-0 in the second round of the European Champions League for Group E on Wednesday at the Stadium of Light.
Benfica scored early through Uruguayan Darwin Nunez 3, then Rafa Silva added the second goal 69, before Nunez converted a penalty kick announced by Italian referee Daniele Orsato for a handball on American back Sergio Dust to a third goal 79.
To add to Koeman’s pain, defender Eric Garcia 87 was sent off after receiving a second warning.
This is Barcelona’s second consecutive loss, with the same result, after it fell to Bayern Munich at Camp Nou in the first round.
Barcelona is going through a very difficult period with its Dutch coach, Ronald Koeman, affected by the departure of Argentine star Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain.
This fall in Benfica’s test comes as severe as a difficult confrontation awaits him on Saturday in the Spanish capital against Atlético Madrid, the defending champion in the local league.
Koeman had hoped to postpone the administration’s decision to abandon him by winning, counting on the good morale of his players after beating Levante 3-0 on Sunday in the seventh stage of the league.
But the Portuguese winds came against the desires of the Catalan ships, as the match began with early pressure from Benfica, and Nunez scored the goal in the third minute with a wonderful individual effort inside the area before hitting the floor to the right of German Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
After several attempts by Barcelona to amend, the first half ended with Benfica leading 1-0.
In the second half, Silva scored the second goal for Benfica in the 69th minute, as he took advantage of Derbaka inside the area and shot into the empty goal.
In the 76th minute, the referee awarded a penalty kick to Benfica after resorting to the VAR technique, so Nunez blew it and deepened the Catalans’ garage.
This is Barcelona’s fourth defeat in the last 5 matches in the Champions League, with one draw and without any victory, they scored two goals and conceded 14 goals.