Barcelona have been dumped out of the Europa League on Thursday as Eintracht Frankfurt pulled off a shock 3-2 victory at Camp Nou to progress to the semi-finals.
After the primary leg completed 1-1 in Germany final week, Barca have been sturdy favourites to win at house towards a aspect sitting ninth within the Bundesliga.
However Frankfurt, impressed by an unimaginable travelling help of round 20,000 followers, outplayed the Catalans, Filip Kostic scoring twice, the primary an early penalty, both aspect of a shocking long-range strike by Rafael Santos Borre.
Sergio Busquets pulled one again for Barcelona within the 91st minute after which Memphis Depay scored a penalty within the 11th minute of harm time because the hosts tried a late comeback.
However it was too little, too late as Frankfurt sealed a momentous 4-Three mixture win.
They are going to face West Ham within the final 4 after the Premier League aspect cruised previous Lyon.
“It’s a hammer blow for us. They deserved to go through,” mentioned Barcelona coach Xavi Hernandez, who was additionally sad on the variety of away followers contained in the stadium.
“Obviously it didn’t help us,” Xavi added. “It was like a final, the fans evenly divided. The club is checking what happened but it was an error on our part.”
Barcelona have been undefeated since December in all competitions and have surged as much as second in La Liga after thrashing Actual Madrid 4-Zero on the Santiago Bernabeu lower than a month in the past.
Whereas that run means Barca ought to not want the Europa League to qualify for the Champions League subsequent season, this was an incredible probability for Xavi so as to add a trophy to what has been a powerful first few months as coach.
As a substitute, Frankfurt undergo to the final 4 and the German membership will now be eyeing a primary European triumph since they gained the UEFA Cup in 1980.
“What we have experienced today no money can buy,” Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner mentioned. “These emotions will last forever.”
Harm time objectives
They exploded out of the blocks and Barca gave them a head begin, Eric Garcia flattening Jesper Lindstroem beneath a excessive ball within the field and Kostic driving within the penalty after three minutes performed.
Barcelona went near an equaliser as Ronald Araujo’s volley was palmed away earlier than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang headed Ousmane Dembele’s cross simply over.
However Frankfurt stored pouring ahead on the counter and within the 36th minute they scored once more. Dembele’s go for Busquets fell brief in midfield and Frankfurt broke quick.
Kostic scooped in-field for Borre, who superior on the retreating Araujo after which unleashed from 40 yards, the ball thundering previous Marc-Andre ter Stegen and into the web.
Frenkie de Jong changed the injured Pedri at half-time and Barca virtually grabbed the early objective they wanted however Aubameyang inexplicably missed the ball from a yard out on the again submit.
On the different finish, Lindstroem may have put Frankurt out of sight however his end was blocked by the appropriate foot of Ter Stegen whereas Barca needed a penalty for a handball towards Borre however technical issues prevented the referee from reviewing with VAR.
Aubameyang and Garcia each went off and moments later, Frankfurt hit Barca with a 3rd that was as ruthless because it was easy.
A throw-in was headed onto Daichi Kamada, who had time to shift left to Kostic. Sergino Dest was sluggish to shut the area and Kostic punished him, unleashing a shot previous Ter Stegen and into the far nook.
Busquets, who had already had a objective dominated out by VAR, lastly lashed one in for Barcelona within the first minute of harm time.
Barca wanted two extra. They need to have gotten one however Araujo’s end was blocked and Luuk de Jong headed large.
Then they did, De Jong barged over by Evan N’Dicka and Depay ending from the spot. There was no time for one more assault.
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