Eintracht Frankfurt held on to beat Barcelona 3-2, 4-3 on aggregate to advance to the semi-finals of the Europa League.
Frankfurt had a good start at Nou Camp and were pinning Barcelona in their own half. Eric Garcia wrestled down Jesper Lindstrom in the penalty area. Garcia got a yellow card for his troubles, and deservedly so, as his right arm was wrapped around Lindstrom’s shoulder and neck. Garcia is suspended for yellow card accumulation should Barcelona eventually advance.
Flip Kostic stepped up to take it and made no mistake as he delivered with a low-slotted effort past ter Stegen to set the significant German contingent amongst the crown into delirium.
Barcelona had responded well after the early opener, but it had all fallen apart! It’s Rafael Borre who did it all, cutting in from the left and letting loose from a good distance outside the top of the box. Nobody closed him down, and ter Stegen should be saving from that distance out, it was a mystery why he was so far from the effort.
It went from bad to worse for Barcelona as Frankfurt netted the third goal through Filip Kostić who received a beautiful pass from Kamada on the left side of the box before unleashing a shot past Barca’s keeper.
Inside the last five minutes, Barcelona pulled one back through Sergio Busquets, who flicked in the ball past Frankfurt’s keeper. However, after a quick VAR check, the goal was disallowed for an offside.
In the 92nd minute, Busquests scored another goal, a screamer from outside the box and that stood.
N’Dicka was sent off for a tackle on De Jong with Barcelona being awarded a penalty. Memphis Depay stepped up and converted from the spot but it was a little to late for the Catalans.
Olympique Lyonnais 0-3 West Ham United
West Ham United advanced to the semi-finals of the Europa League on Thursday night with a 3-0 victory, 4-1 on aggregate against Lyonnais at Groupama Stadium.
West Ham United meant business in the return leg with Craig Dawson giving the visitors the lead in the 38th minute. With a minute to halftime, Declan Rice doubled the lead for the north London side, putting David Moyes’ men in complete control of the second leg.
The Hammers picked from where they left as they grabbed their third immediately at the start of the second half thanks to Jarrod Bowen’s strike.
Frankfurt will now face West Ham in the last four of the tournament.