Against Eintracht Frankfurt this Thursday at Camp Nou for the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals, FC Barcelona were eliminated after a match in which it sank (3-2). Undefeated for 15 games before this meeting, Xavi’s team was unrecognizable despite a late start.
Barca missed his subject. Unbeaten since 20 January, Xavi’s team suffered a defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt (3–2) in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals this Thursday, and therefore ended up drawing (1–1). Done.
Already shaken last week in Germany, the Catalan team was quickly embraced by its rival. Having already conceded three penalties against Levante last Sunday, FC Barcelona committed a foul in their field in the third minute, where Eric Garcia hooked Jesper Lindström. Filip Kostik commanded the change with a shot from the left side.
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If Ousmane Dembele was stirring fast, Frankfurt has not changed its intentions, due to several occasions such as the cross addressed to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (9th). Rafael Santos Borey, not attacked by defence, scored the break goal on a wonderful strike from 25 meters (36th).
Despite the possession of the ball, the Blaugrana club had a hard time getting clear chances. On a new cross from Dembele, Aubameyang completely missed the mark (48th) when he was alone in front of the goal. The Gabonese had another heated opportunity on an action from the French international, but Kevin Trapp intervened (54th).
Marc-Andre ter Stegen repeated an attempt by Jesper Lindström (57th) to leave his team alive. Barca could have received a penalty for a possible hand fault by Sacks in the field (60th), but the referee, after consulting with video aid, did not budge.
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Notably inactive in defense with the absence of Gérard Pique and Daniel Alves, the Blagrana club sank on the action starting from a touch (67th), where Koस्टिकtic had plenty of time to adjust his strike for his double. Was. Xavi later tried to move to a three-man defense, but his players suffered losses and faced water.
Looking at the end of the match, Barcelona may still have some regrets for taking too long to react. The video referee first denied Sergio Busquets (89th) a goal in an offside position. The midfielder pushed the ball into the back of the net after an off-centre free kick, where he took advantage of a light scuffle. But the Busquets had the quality of not giving up, bringing down the score with a brilliant volley (90th) outside the field. At the end of nine minutes of extra time, Memphis Depay scored a 3–2 penalty on Luc de Jong following a foul by Ivan Nadika. But the final whistle blew after the Dutchman’s change of no result.
For Barca, having experienced a group stage elimination at the end of the Champions League return to the Europa League this season, the disappointment after this failure against ninth in the Bundesliga is inevitably great. Especially since Pedri came out on the break, looking with a thigh injury, to be replaced by Frankie de Jong.