FC Barcelona have crashed out of the UEFA Champions League, succumbing to a disappointing 3-0 loss against German rivals Bayern Munich in the final group match. The Blaugranas had to win the final match, in order to qualify for the knockout stages of Europe’s number 1 competition but were no match for a strong Bayern Munich side at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern Munich scored two in the first half, courtesy of Thomas Mueller and Leroy Sane, and added more sheen to the scoreline with Jamal Musiala’s third goal to kill off the tie, paving the way for Barcelona’s exit from the Champions League.
FC Barcelona will play in the Europa League after 17 long years
However, Barcelona could have qualified for the knockouts despite their defeat if Dynamo Kyiv had managed to draw or claim a victory against Benfica. The Portuguese side did not let up and won by a convincing margin of 2-0 at home to seal the second spot in the group thereby earning an entry into the knockout stages of Europe’s elite competition.
The last time Barcelona had played in the Europa League was way back in 2003/04, even before Lionel Messi had made his debut for the club and they will once again be in the draw for the Round of 32 stages in the Europa League, come February 2022.
Barcelona have had a disastrous season so far and have now lost 2 consecutive matches, with Xavi as their manager, and the Spaniard has now lost 2 of the 5 matches he has overseen.