Stress has piled up on Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman after the membership made their worst-ever begin to a Champions League marketing campaign with a 3-0 defeat at Benfica.
Barcelona had been behind after simply three minutes in Portugal, when Darwin Nunez scored on the close to publish.
He then added a penalty with 11 minutes to play, after Rafa Silva’s second-half strike, to match the scoreline Bayern Munich beat Barca by of their opening Group E fixture.
To compound Barcelona’s evening to overlook, Eric Garcia was despatched off late on.
The Catalans are already 5 factors behind La Liga leaders Actual Madrid domestically and now face an uphill battle. If they don’t qualify for the knockout phases of the Champions League, it is going to be for the primary time since 2003/04.
Barca’s sorry stats
- Barcelona have misplaced their first two matches in a UEFA European marketing campaign for the primary time for the reason that 1972-73 UEFA Cup, once they misplaced each legs to FC Porto and had been eradicated.
- Regardless of solely taking cost of eight Champions League group stage matches as Barcelona supervisor, solely Louis van Gaal (5 in 32 video games) has misplaced extra such matches with Barca than Ronald Koeman (3 in 8 video games).
- Barcelona have misplaced 4 of their final 5 Champions League matches (D1), as many as they misplaced of their earlier 39 matches (W25 D10 L4).
- Just one workforce has ever reached the Champions League knockout phases after dropping their first two group stage matches with a aim distinction of -6 or worse, as Barcelona have this season – Lyon in 2007-08, who reached the final 16.
Bayern thrash Dynamo Kiev
In the meantime, Group E leaders Bayern Munich had been a category aside as they hammered Dynamo Kiev 5-0 on the Allianz Area, with Robert Lewandowski including two extra to his tally for the season. The Poland striker now has already scored 13 objectives in 9 video games this time period.
Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting additionally received on the scoresheet as Bayern cruised to a victory which strikes them two factors clear on the high of the pool and underlines their standing as a serious contender for the crown.
English sides taking part in catch-up
Atalanta moved high of Group F with a 1-0 win over Younger Boys, with Matteo Pessina hitting the online for the hosts, who had restricted their Swiss guests to simply three pictures at aim in the course of the recreation.
Younger Boys at the moment are stage with Manchester United, one level behind the Italian aspect, after Cristiano Ronaldo’s last-gasp heroics grabbed them victory over Villarreal.
Additionally in that group, Zenit St Petersburg – who at the moment are stage on three factors with Chelsea – racked up a club-record win within the Champions League by smashing 4 previous Malmo, whose trigger wasn’t helped by Anel Ahmedhodzic’s 58th-minute pink card.
In Group G, Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi turned the youngest participant to attain two penalties in a single Champions League match, because the 19-year-old helped his membership to a 2-1 win at house to Lille, who responded by way of Burak Yilmaz.
And Ivan Rakitic penalty grabbed Sevilla a late equaliser as they drew 1-1 at Wolfsburg within the group’s different recreation. The Croatian coolly transformed after Wolfsburg’s Josuha Guilavogui was despatched off with 5 minutes remaining.