Benfica defender Nicolas Otamendi humiliated young Barca star Ansu Fati.
FC Barcelona traveled to Lisbon last night to face Benfica in the second round of the Champions League group stage.
Ronald Koeman’s men were beaten 3-0 by Bayern Munich at Camp Nou in the first match of the C1 group stage and were keen to win again, but they did not. Benfica humiliated them by also winning 3-0.
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Barcelona sit sixth in La Liga and have had a mixed start to the season. The Catalans have struggled to start their new era after losing Lionel Messi to Paris Saint-Germain.
After this result, even the most ardent of Koeman supporters will admit that his days at the club are numbered. Things have gone too far.
It only took three minutes for Barcelona to fall behind. Benfica cut into his defense like hot butter, with Eric Garcia very exposed.
Darwin Nunez then intervened to deliver a fatal blow and bring the score to 1-0. Things got worse in the second half: Rafa Silva doubled Benfica’s advantage in the 69th minute, before Nunez scored his second goal and Benfica’s third in the 79th.
Garcia then saw red in the 87th to compound Barcelona’s misfortune. At the end of the game, in stoppage time, Benfica center-back Nicolas Otamendi was seen talking with Barcelona striker Ansu Fati, who entered the second half.
The Argentinian seemed to ask Fati who he was; The 18-year-old Spaniard inherited the number 10 from Messi, who left for free to PSG last summer.