Tasked with the duty to overturn their first-leg performance against Eintracht Frankfurt that ended in a 1-1 draw, Barcelona were struck by the axe on their shin in the first half.
A genuinely bizarre decision from Eric Garcia saw Frankfurt given a penalty in the first three minutes, which was brilliantly converted by Filip Kostic. He then assisted Rafael Borre in the 36th for an absolute belter of a strike from outside the box.
With a little over 20 minutes to go, Barcelona were hit again by Kostic. The already silent Camp Nou could not bare to watch as the stands started to get empty.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen: 7
Could not do much about the three goals but made an excellent save that would have been insult to injury.
Oscar Mingueza: 5
Could not cope against Kostic and was ineffective in possession. Eventually gave way for Sergino Dest, who did a much better job in much less time.
Ronald Araujo: 5.5
While Araujo was decent defensively, his passing was questionable, if not horrid. Also, it is worth wondering should he have given Borre the amount of space he did for the second goal.
Eric Garcia: 3
Gave away another needless penalty for the second game running, which was the start of a terrible performance. His decision making put the team on the back foot in the opening three minutes, which was the start of a humiliating exit.
Jordi Alba: 4
Jesper Lindstrom and Ansgar Knauff made a mockery of Alba’s defensive prowess, running circles around him on the wing.
Pedri came on to change the game on the weekend but was far from convincing tonight as he struggled to get any grip on the midfield.
Sergio Busquets: 6
Busquets continued to struggle during defensive transitions and was played out of the park by Frankfurt’s midfield, and clearly needs some rest. Scored a gasp goal in the 90th minute, but it was a mere consolation.
Gave his all through the 90 minutes, making some amazing defensive interventions. Made a smart near-last man tackle that earned him a yellow, but it does not matter, anyway.
Ousmane Dembele: 7.5
Dembele was the only player who had some impact for Barcelona in the first half, but did not get any output to his name. Created a couple of very good chances for Aubameyang and kept the ball rolling in the second half as well. Alas, it was not enough.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: 3
Fourth subpar outing for Aubameyang in a row – and that is sugarcoating it. Had no awareness, failed to combine with his team, and on top of everything, missed a sitter.
Ferran Torres: 7
Torres had his fair share of individual brilliance, but there were several moments where his decision making was questionable at a lot of moments. Should have tried to involve his teammates instead of playing hero ball.
Frenkie de Jong: 7
Came on to change the game, creating a superb chance for Aubameyang, but could only do so much as his teammates lacked any sort of intensity in the final third.
Adama Traore: 2
Too predictable, as he has been since the start of March. Made little to no impact.
Sergino Dest: 4
Spent most of his cameo playing as a third centre-back. Did not do much wrong, though.
Luuk de Jong: 6
Took only six touches but did enough to win a penalty in the dying minutes. Game-changing, as always.
Memphis Depay: 6
Converted the penalty, which was a better contribution than most.