Scott Parker says he is “unsure” he will still be boss of Club Bruges after Tuesday’s clash with Benfica knocked the Belgians out of the Champions League.
The former Fulham manager faced the difficult task of making up for a 2-0 loss in the first leg.
Perhaps he could not have foreseen such a devastating defeat, as they conceded five goals in Portugal to a 7-1 aggregate win.
Parker becomes the first English manager to concede five goals in a Champions League match, and with Club Bruges having won just two games since taking over at the end of December, he accepts that his future is out of his control.
Asked if he would still be manager of Sunday’s league match against Standard Liege, he told BT Sport: “I’m not sure. I have no control over it.
“I understand why you are asking me this question and it has probably been directed to me for several weeks.
“I really can’t control it. I’m not able to figure it out and you’re probably asking the wrong person. I’m fully committed to trying to reverse that, and that’s what I’m going to try to do.”
Benfica, who won the first leg 2-0, opened the scoring in the first half with a clever finish from Rafa Silva.
Goncalo Ramos then showed some great footwork to make it 4-0 on aggregate before jabbing from close range.
Joao Mario’s penalty and David Neres’ finish completed the victory before Bjorn Meijer scored a stunning consolation goal.
This is the second season in a row that Benfica have reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, although they never progressed further and were beaten by Liverpool at this stage last season.
“The result hits us hard,” said Club Bruges midfielder Hans Vanaken.
“The way it happened was also painful because we conceded goals too easily.
“I’m touched because we’ve had a great campaign. You don’t want to go out like this.”
Club Bruges rarely looked to turn the game around and Benfica even had the ball in the net after two minutes thanks to Joao Mario but was ruled offside.
Despite this early opportunity, the visitors did well to hold off for 38 minutes and were starting to look threatening as Silva scored, keeping his composure and controlling the ball from a cross before entering play.
From then on, Club Bruges capitulated as a draw looked beyond them and another fine finish, this time by Portugal striker Ramos, ended the match as a stand-up.
Mario’s punishment came on both sides of Ramos’ and Neres’ clinical finishes, but Meijer at least gave traveling fans something to cheer up with a superb finish for the first time in the top corner.
Since the inception of the Champions League, Benfica have lost all five quarter-finals they have played in, but this result and performance give them hope to take the next step.
- 6BahReplaced byMoraes JrOn 63′minutes
- 66Antonio SilvaReplaced byVerissimo da SilvaOn 88′minutes
- thirtyOtamendiBooked for 29 minutesReplaced byRodrigues da SilvaOn 74′minutes
- 61Morris Luis
- 22Lima Silva MachadoReplaced byNeres CamposOn 63′minutes
- 20João MárioReplaced byGoncalves NevesOn 74′minutes
- 27Fernandes Ferreira da Silva
- 88Gonçalo Ramos
- 2Moraes Jr
- 4Verissimo da Silva
- 7Neres Campos
- 15Goncalo Guedes
- 24Jumpe Soares
- 65Vela Rodrigues
- 87Goncalves Neves
- 91Rodrigues da Silva
- 77Mat Pedro LourencoReplaced byOdoiOn 63′minutes
- 94syllaBooked for 43 minutes
- 19OwlReplaced byNusaOn 75′minutes
- 20VanakenReplaced byRitaOn 75′minutes
- 14MeijerBooked for 48 minutes
- 70YaremchukBooked for 17 minutesReplaced byJutgleOn 62′minutes
- 10TongueBooked for 20 minutesReplaced byOnyedikaOn 45′minutes
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End of match, Benfica 5, Club Brugge 1.
End of second half, Benfica 5, Club Brugge 1.
Sample saved. Ferran Jutglà (Club Brugge) right-footed shot from the left side of the box saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Bjorn Meijer with a header pass.
Attempt blocked. Raphael Onyedika (Club Brugge) A right-footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Bjorn Meijer with a header pass.
The attempt failed. Casper Nielsen (Club Brugge) kicks in with his right foot from outside the box but misses the right from a set piece.
Lucas Verissimo (Benfica) foul.
Antonio Nusa (Club Brugge) wins a free kick mid attack.
Change, Benfica. Lucas Verissimo replaces António Silva.
Goal! Benfica 5, Club Brugge 1. Bjorn Meijer (Club Brugge) left-footed shot from the left side of the box into the top right corner. Assisted by Tajon Buchanan.
Attempt blocked. Ferran Jutglà (Club Brugge) A left-footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. He was assisted by Bjorn Meijer with a cross.
The attempt failed. Rafa (Benfica) strikes with his right foot from outside the box but misses to the right. Assisted by Alejandro Grimaldo.
Rafa (Benfica) wins a free-kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Raphael Onyedica (Club Brugge).
VAR decision: Benfica goal 5-0 Club Brugge (David Neres).
Goal! Benfica 5, Club Brugge 0. David Neres (Benfica) strikes with his left foot from the center of the box into the bottom right corner. Assisted by João Neves. Goal scored after VAR review.
Change, Club Brugge. Antonio Nusa replaces Kamal Sowah.
Change, Club Brugge. Mats Rits replaces Hans Vanaken.
Change, Benfica. Joao Neves replaces Joao Mario.
Change, Benfica. Morato replaces Nicolás Otamendi.
Goal! Benfica 4, Club Brugge 0. João Mário (Benfica) converts the penalty with a right kick into the bottom right corner.