Thanks to the exciting away win, Eintracht reached the semi-finals of the European League and meets West Ham there.
“One still going, one still inside,” echoed through the Camp Nou fifteen minutes before the end. Indeed, those cheers surpassed even the most optimistic of the 30,000 Eintracht fans who traveled to Catalonia for the second leg of the quarter-finals.
Barcelona is shockingly negative
However, Frankfurt’s fourth goal in Barcelona at this point was neither deserved nor surprising. In the biggest game in the club’s recent history, the Hessians presented themselves to the task from the start and thanks to Philippe Costek, took the lead in the fourth minute. The Serbian easily converted a penalty after Eric Garcia hits Jesper Lindstrom to the ground.
It was the perfect start to an unforgettable evening in Frankfurt. In the 32nd minute, Rafael Borre confirmed that the supposed underdog managed it all for once: the Colombian enjoyed an astonishing amount of freedom just a few meters from the edge of the penalty area and fired without hesitation – leaving Marc-Andre ter Stegen behind. However, everyone who expected an angry reaction from “Blaugrana” was mistaken.
The hosts wake up too late
The Hessians also dominated the match and crowned their performance after 67 minutes with Kostik. The midfielder took advantage of another negative defensive behavior by the Catalans and fired exactly into the left corner.
Barcelona managed to reduce the difference to 1:3 in extra time through Sergio Busquets (91), but woke up too late. Even a penalty kick in the ninth and final minute of extra time was no longer enough for the Spaniards. After Memphis Depay’s goal to make the score 2-3, referee Soares Dias stopped the match.
For Frankfurt, this is the second qualification to the semi-finals of the European League in 3 years. In the fight for the final ticket, the Bundesliga club travels to London again: instead of Chelsea, as in 2019, the opponent there is called West Ham.
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