Edu Castro's men were consistently denied by Pedro Henriques in a heavy loss against the Portuguese side
Barça won't be in the Final Four of the European League after losing to Benfica (6-2). It was a match in which the Portuguese goalkeeper, Pedro Henriques, was inspired and only Sergi Panadero and Pablo Álvarez were able to find the net.
Two goals inside the first minute - from former Barça player Lucas Ordoñez on 23 seconds, and Sergi Panadero, after an assist from Pau Bargalló - set the tone, with Benfica 3-1 up by the break.
Edu Castro's side found no way past Henriques, and his excellence between the posts allowed his side to go 6-1 up before Pablo Álvarez bagged a late consolation. Focus will now turn back to the OK League, and the next match is on Saturday 17 April at the Igualada track (8.00pm) CEST.
Benfica, 6 Barça, 2
Benfica: Pedro Henriques, Valter Neves, Diogo Rafael, Gonçalo Pinto and Lucas Ordoñez -starters- Sergi Aragonès, Danilo Rampulla, Miguel Vieira and Edu Lamas Barça: Sergi Fernández, Pau Bargalló, Sergi Panadero, Nil Roca and João Rodrigues -starters- Aitor Egurrola, Helder Nunes, Matias Pascual, Ignacio Alabart and Pablo Álvarez
Goals: 1-0, Lucas Ordoñez (min. 1); 1-1, Sergi Panadero (min. 2); 2-1, Diego Rafael (min. 13); 3-1, Gonçalo Pinto (min. 19); 4-1, Sergi Aragonès (min. 37); 5-1, Lucas Ordoñez (falta directa) (min. 39); 6-1, Gonçalo Pinto (min. 44); 6-2, Pablo Álvarez (min. 49)
Officials: Joaquim Pinto and Ruben Fernadez. Blue cards for Helder Nunes, Sergi Panadero, Nil Roca and Diogo Rafael. Fouls: 19-18