FT. Benfica 3-0 Barcelona: LIVE updates, reactions, stats, ratings

✍️ Summary of the game:

Despite conceding an early goal, the game didn’t look completely lost in the first half, as Koeman’s men created several chances. However, Luuk de Jong missed two sitters and the Catalans went to half time 1-0 down.

Also in the first time, Koeman replaced Pique with Gavi, but kept the 3-5-2 formation as he sent Frenkie, our most dangerous player upfront, to the backline.

After the break, the Catalans were simply awful, They were barely able to create any chances as they looked disorganized upfront. In defence, Blaugrana were terrible as well, allowing too many chances.

Finally, an unlucky handball from Dest resulted in a penalty, which Darwin converted to make the final score 3-0.

⏰ Full time!

⏱️ 85-90′: Barca still unable to get with the ball into the attacking third. Memphis flagged offside. Benfica end the match with the ball at their feet, much to Barac’s embarrassment.

AwkwardBoy (Reddit): “I don’t even fell anything at this point in the match, Koeman should just fucking resign if he has some shame and love for the club as he always says.”

mntgoat (Reddit): “I’m not gonna jump on the gate García train but this is his second red in just a few matches this season.”

🔄 Sub: Mingueza IN | Roberto OUT

🟥 Eric Garcia sent off after seeing a second yellow.

🟨 Nico booked for a tactical foul.

⏱️ 79-85′: No attacking system in place for Barca so far. Everyone is trying to create something based on individual skill but nothing comes out of it. Benfica’s counters remain dangerous.

blodreinaFCB (Twitter): “Madrid lost yesterday too, but not in this manner.”

RoyNemer (Twitter): “What do we get first? Koeman praising himself and saying he lacks a proper Barcelona squad or Ter Stegen coming out with his heroic speech of how they will come back stronger?”

⚽ 78′: Goal, Darwin Nunez from the spot. Benfica 3-0 Berca.

BlaugranaSZN_ (Twitter): “I’ve never seen a team so weak everywhere on the pitch. We have no attacking threat and we are soo fragile on defence. Possession doesn’t mean shit.”

talkfcb_ (Twitter): “Koeman has gone from boasting about “only” losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich to getting annihilated by Benfica. But thanks to him, we have a future.”

🟨 Sergino Dest booked for a handball. Penalty awarded to Benfica.

⏱️ 69-75′: Barca seem to be in panic mode as they cannot build anything of substance and end up allowing even more attacks. The second goal served as a confidence boost for Benfica.

fansjavimiguel (Twitter): “A deep reflection regarding Sergio Roberto’s extension is necessary, even if he accepts a pay cut.”

Terrible-Brother-293 (Reddit): “People who said Garcia would be better than Lenglet should be psycho.”

⚽ 68′: Goal, Rafa Silva. A good combination from Benfica leads to a shot from Joao Mario. Ter Stegen saves the first attempt but can do nothing about the second shot. Benfica 2-0 Barca.

Pek-Man (Reddit): “Alright, this is over. Not just this game but this campaign. We’re finishing third if we’re lucky. If we keep up this level, we’re finishing bottom of the group with 3 points taken at home against Dynamo. This is beyond disgraceful. An absolute disgrace to the jersey and the badge. I’m done with Koeman after tonight. I’ve been defending him and saying that we need him to guide the young players of the future but we can’t accept this. He has to go. Now.”

chris_atallah (Twitter): “That has to be the nail in the coffin. Get Koeman out of the club.”

AJA0044 (Twitter): “Okay he needs to get sacked asap. I really can’t have Barça not at least finish 2nd in the group.”

🔄 Subs: Nico, Coutinho, Fati | Busquets, Pedri, Luuk de Jong OUT

⏱️ 61-65′: Memphis fouled near the penalty box but the Catalans cannot take advantage of the free kick. Benfica able to string a few passes together amid Barca’s poor pressing.

indetroititrust (Reddit): “I don’t see any process in creating chances, it’s all random. And zero runs being made in behind the defence.”

allas_FCB (Twitter): “Barca is tanking champions league so they can focus on the league. Smart.”

⏱️ 56-60′: Luuk de Jong misses another big chance. At least Barca are looking to create more at the moment, although crosses are the preferred option.

Pek-Man (Reddit): “Take Luuk de Jong off, put him on a plane, send him back to Sevilla, and never again touch anyone called de Jong except if he’s called Frenkie. Seriously. At this point I’d rather see us use Rodado up there.”

andreuginola (Twitter): “I start to suspect that Luuk de Jong was signed so that we value Braithwaite more and that we don’t think he’s that bad when he plays.”

⏱️ 51-55′: Massive mistake from Ter Stegen who gets out of his goal but doesn’t get to the ball first. Luckily, Nunez’s shot hits the bar. Barca are yet to realize the second half has started, it appears.

NealGardner_ (Twitter): “These players want Koeman out so badly, they’re literally running out of their own goal.”

faiosa (Reddit): “Serious question, has anyone noticed Roberto at all on the pitch today? Legit forgot he was even out there.”

🟨 Eric Garcia booked.

⏱️ 46-50′: Benfica very active right from the start. Ter Stegen does well to save Otamendi’s shot from outside the box. Darwin gets in a 1v1 situation but offside is called later, and he missed his shot anyway.

MartinsFCB (Twitter): “No changes which means Luuk de Jong is still on the pitch and Frenkie is still playing as a centre back. It’s like Koeman is just throwing shit at the wall hoping it eventually sticks.”

lukzee (Reddit): “Poor Koeman. Went for the guaranteed 0:0 draw with Luuk’s and Roberto’s offensive efficiency. Too bad he got unLuuky with that quick goal. Probably has some tactics he want’s to try in the Europa League.”

⏰ Second half!

📝 Here are our half-time ratings:

Impressed: Araujo 8.5, Pedri 8, Frenkie 8

Good/average: Memphis 7, Dest 7, Busquets 6.5, Roberto 6, Gavi 6 (subbed in)

Poor: Ter Stegen 5.5, Pique 5 (subbed out), Garcia 4.5, Luuk 4

✍️ Brief summary of the game so far:

Terrible start from Barcelona as they conceded inside just third minutes. Darwin Nunez easily beat Eric Garcia on the left, cut inside and shot at the near post, with Ter Stegen slow to react.

After the goal, Benfica mostly sat back, although they had a few counters and positional attacks as well.

As for Barca, the Catalans managed to create several good chances, with Pedri and Frenkie setting up Luuk inside the penalty box just for the striker to fail miserably. Memphis has been active upfront but he looked too individualistic at times.

⏰ Half time!

⏱️ 41-45′: The game slows down towards the end, with Benfica looking to interrupt Barca’s rhythm. Memphis attempts a run, trips and falls inside the penalty box with no foul called by the referee.

seblang4818 (Reddit): “It feels like we are playing the exact same patterns every time in attack and it does nothing. Do we seriously have no other strategies or plans or anything?”

valverdismoCdA (Twitter): “I hope for a red card for Koeman in the Champions League so that we can win something.”

⏱️ 36-40′: The Catalans get the ball back but cannot create anything worthwhile. Eric’s long-range shot is too weak and too wide.

mntgoat (Reddit): “I actually agree with taking Pique out, he was on the edge of a red.”

BlaugranesBarca (Twitter): “Stop complaining about timewasting and fix your damn team, Ronald. He does this every game. It’s so annoying.”

⏱️ 31-35′: Darwin breaks away on a counter but Araujo outmuscles him. Ronald really solid so far (not the coach). Benfica dominating possession lately.

CaptnGuardiola (Twitter): “You know that annoying mosquito during hot summers, he harasses you, sticks to your body, and even if at some point you think you finally got rid of him, he always ends up coming back to harass you. Well that’s probably how forwards feel when facing Araujo.”

FApor_elmundo (Twitter): “Ronald Koeman maintains his formation despite Gavi’s substitution. It makes no sense to drop Frenkie de Jong back, he’s been shining, especially in attack, with his runs hurting Benfica. An incredible tactical decision from the Dutch coach.”

🔄 Sub: Gavi IN | Pique OUT

⏱️ 26-30′: Frenkie sends Memphis through with a good pass but Depay’s shot takes a deflection and goes wide. Corner played low but Frenkie’s shot is blocked. Luuk misses a huge chance from inside the penalty box.

cule4444 (Reddit): “Luuk de Jong somehow managed to be WORSE than we thought. How has he managed to make a living playing football this long.”

Blayasensat (Twitter): “Benfiac are defending badly, quite a lot, in fact. It appears that Barca cannot take advantage of it. Roberto on the right is no threat and the team lacks danger to trick Lisbon’s defensive line.”

⏱️ 21-25′: Benfica already in a deep block when out of possession as Barca crow around their penalty box. A few minutes in, the home side manage to get the ball under control.

nich2701 (Reddit): “There is no point to the attack. Loads of build-up but as soon as the ball is in the final third, the entire squad shrivels up like a c*ck in Siberia.”

⏱️ 16-20′: Pedri’s long ball reaches Roberto but Sergi cannot head it to the striker, intercepted by the goalkeeper. Pedri, again, with a shot from outside the box but it goes wide.

DianaKristinne (Twitter): “Y’all made Pedri shoot from distance! Do you understand the desperation level of that child in order to actually do that?”

historyhuhhh (Twitter): “Koeman really wants that sacking paycheck, ain’t no way he thinks this is his best line-up.”

FunkyFre5h (Reddit): “Apart from that brainfart at the start we are doing fine so far.”

⏱️ 11-15′: Incredible miss from Luuk who can’t send the ball into an empty net, great block by the defender, though. Roberto finds Frenkie inside the box but De Jong misses his shot.

Xemmafrendo (Twitter): “Luuk De Jong is going to have me in a clinical depression by the end of the season.”

ewankenobi (Reddit): “At least we’re creating chances. Still think we can win this.”

🟨 Pique booked.

⏱️ 4-10′: Benfica register another shot on goal but Ter Stegen saves it this time. Barca struggling to get into the opposite box. Memphis attempts a pass inside but it’s blocked by the defender.

anobrain_12 (Reddit): “We back to our reality after beating the sh*t Levante side.”

CuleDeCahmberi (Twitter): “Not even 3-5-2, the hell. 5-3-2. And don’t tell me anything. Five defenders against Benfica. And not the Benfica of Eusebio and Bela Guttman, no.”

⚽ 3′: Goal, Darvin Nunez. The Uruguayan easily beats Eric Garcia and shots to the near post, with Ter Stegen unable to do anything. Benfica 1-0 Barca.

black_bury (Reddit): “Stegen near post again smh.”

dermotmcorrigan (Twitter): “Pep’s unwillingness to use Eric Garcia at City was not just because he was heading back to Barca, seems pretty clear.”

⏰ Kick-off!

👀 The last time Barca played Benfica at the Estadio Da Luza was way back in 2012, with the Catalans winning 2-0. However, Barca’s last match at Benfica’s stadium was actually the 8-2 loss to Bayern Munich.

👉 Starting XI reminder

Barcelona XI (3-5-2): Ter Stegen – Araujo, Pique, Garcia – Roberto, F. de Jong, Busquets, Pedri, Dest – Memphis, L. de Jong.

Benfica XI: Vlachodimos – Verissimo, Otamendi, Vertonghen, Grimaldo – Weigl, Lazro, Mario – Yaremchuk, Silva, Nunez.

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