28 Apr 2022 | 08:15 | Football
Barcelona were knocked out of the Europa League on Thursday as Eintracht Frankfurt secured a shock 3-2 win at Camp Nou to advance to the semi-finals.
After the first leg ended with a 1-1 scoreline in Germany last week, Barca is a highly appreciated team when winning at home against the 9th-ranked team in the Bundesliga.
But Frankfurt, inspired by the incredible backing of some 20,000 fans, outplayed the Catalan side, Filip Kostic scoring twice, the first being an early penalty, either side. is a beautiful long shot from Rafael Santos Borre.
Sergio Busquets equalized a goal for Barcelona in the 91st minute and then Memphis Depay scored in 11th minute of stoppage time as the hosts attempted a late comeback.
But it was too little, too late when Frankfurt sealed the final victory 4-3.
They will face West Ham in the fourth round after the Premier League side overcome Lyon.
“It was a blow for us. They deserved it,” said Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez, who was also unhappy about the number of away fans inside the stadium.
“Obviously it didn’t help us,” Xavi added. “It’s like a final, the fans split evenly. The club is checking what happened but it’s our fault.”
Barcelona have been unbeaten since December in all competitions and have risen to second in La Liga after beating Real Madrid 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu less than a month ago.
While that journey means Barca will no longer need the Europa League to qualify for next season’s Champions League, it presents a great opportunity for Xavi to add another trophy to his impressive first months on the throne. the coach.
Instead, Frankfurt made it through to the last four and the German club will now be crowned European champions for the first time since they won the UEFA Cup in 1980.
“What we’ve been through today money can’t buy,” said Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner. “These feelings will last forever.”
Goal time injury
They burst out of the box and Barca opened the scoring first, Eric Garcia knocked Jesper Lindstroem out of the box and Kostic saved the penalty after three minutes.
Barcelona were close to equalizing when Ronald Araujo’s volley was thwarted before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed home Ousmane Dembele.
But Frankfurt continuously put on counter-attack and in the 36th minute, they scored again. Dembele passed Busquets short in midfield and Frankfurt made a quick breakthrough.
Kostic poked a hole in the field for Borre, who advanced as Araujo was retreating and then launched from 40 yards, the ball thundering past Marc-Andre ter Stegen and into the net.
Frenkie de Jong came on for the injured Pedri in the first half and Barca almost got the early goal they needed but Aubameyang confusingly missed when he shot from close range.
In the opposite direction, Lindstroem could have subdued Frankurt but his shot was blocked by Ter Stegen while Barca wanted a penalty for using the ball with Borre but technical problems prevented the referee from being able to. review with VAR.
Both Aubameyang and Garcia came on and soon after, Frankfurt beat Barca with a brutal third goal as simple as that.
A throw-in went to Daichi Kamada, who had time to switch left for Kostic. Sergino Dest was slow to press into space and Kostic punished him, unleashing a shot that knocked Ter Stegen and sent the ball into the far corner.
Busquets, who had a goal ruled out by VAR, eventually netted a goal for Barcelona in the first minute of stoppage time.
Barca need two more. They should have scored, but Araujo’s shot was blocked and Luuk de Jong’s header missed the post.
Then they did, De Jong overtook Evan N’Dicka and Depay shot from position. There is no time for another attack.
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