Five-time champions FC Barcelona have been knocked out of this season’s UEFA Champions League after a 3-0 loss at the Allianz Arena to Bayern Munich.
The Catalan giants needed to win on Wednesday to avoid dropping to the UEFA Europa league for the first time in 20 years but were helpless at the hand s of the Bavarian giants.
Portuguese side Benfica won 2-0 at home to bottom placed Dynamo Kyiv to qualify for the knockout rounds. Their win further stamps Barcelona’s Europa homecoming.
It’s the first time since 20 years that the Los Cules won’t be playing a part in the knockout rounds of the prestigious European cup competition.
Group winners Bayern completed the group winning all games thereby joining Liverpool and Ajax as they only sides to finish their group stage games with a 100% win percentage.
The hosts took the lead through Thomas Muller four minutes past the half-hour mark before adding the second courtesy of a brilliant strike from Leroy Sane two minutes to halftime. Bayern netted their third of the night through youngster Jamal Musiala to compound the woes of Xavi and his men.