Barcelona thrashed Benfica 5-0 as the defence of their Champions League crown began with a comfortable home victory courtesy of two goals from Ballon d’Or winner Aitana Bonmatí.
The Barça captain Alexia Putellas opened the scoring when she headed in from close range after Caroline Graham Hansen’s shot deflected into her path. She doubled Barcelona’s lead after a header from Esmee Brugts had been saved.
Bonmatí got in on the act shortly before half-time and doubled her tally with a firm finish into the far corner.
“It’s good to start the season in the Champions League, scoring…