Due to Benfica’s win over Dynamo Kyiv, the Blaugrana will have to settle with the Europa League next year.
Barcelona’s worst Champions League campaign in two decades came to an end on Wednesday, as they were eliminated from the group stage after another thrashing by Bayern Munich.
The Catalans headed into their final game in Group E battling Benfica for second place, knowing they could have to chase a result at the Allianz Arena.
Bayern, on the other hand, scarcely broke a sweat in dismantling Xavi’s men, while the Portuguese team took the three points required to advance to the last 16 as runners-up to Bayern.
Barca was ahead of their opponents on points following November’s 0-0 stalemate with Benfica, but they were also at a significant disadvantage before kick-off on Wednesday.
With a win over Dynamo Kyiv, the Blaugrana would have no choice but to beat Bayern, who had already thrashed them 3-0 at Camp Nou and were on route for a perfect six victories out of six.
Benfica had little trouble dismissing Dynamo 2-0, while Bayern thrashed Barcelona 3-0 thanks to goals from Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, and Jamal Musiala.
The Catalans have not failed to get past the first group stage of the Champions League in 21 years, with the last time their campaign ended before Christmas in 2000-01.