Europa League: Frankfurt stun Barcelona to set up semi-final tie with West Ham

Eintracht Frankfurt beat Barcelona 3-2 and 4-3 on aggregate to advance to the Europa League semi-finals.


Frankfurt had a good start at the Nou Camp and he was studying Barcelona in his own half. Eric Garcia saved Jesper Lindstrom in the penalty area. Garcia was given a yellow card for his troubles, and deservedly so, as his right arm was wrapped around Lindstrom’s shoulder and neck. Garcia was suspended for accumulating a yellow card should Barcelona eventually advance.

Flip Kostic stepped up to take it and did nothing wrong as he delivered with a low-profile effort past Ter Stegen to put the big German unit amongst the crown in a rave.

Barcelona responded well after the early opening match, but everything fell apart! It was Rafael Buri who did it all, breaking in from the left and pulling a good distance out of the top of the box. No one shut him down, and Ter Stegen should have saved from that distance, it was a mystery why he was so far off such an effort.

Things went from bad to worse for Barcelona as Frankfurt scored the third goal through Philip Kostic, who received a beautiful pass from Kamada on the left side of the penalty area before firing a shot past the Barcelona goalkeeper.

In the last five minutes, Barcelona managed to reduce the difference through Sergio Busquets, who hit the ball past the Frankfurt goalkeeper. However, after a quick VAR check, the goal was disallowed for offside.

In the 92nd minute, Bosquists scored another goal, screaming from outside the penalty area and stopping.

N’Dicka was sent off for an interference on De Jong with Barcelona receiving a penalty. Memphis Depay went up and turned but it was a little late for the Catalans.

Olympique Lyon 0-3 West Ham United

West Ham United qualified for the semi-finals of the European League on Thursday evening with a 3-0, 4-1 aggregate victory against Lyonnais at Groupama Stadium.

West Ham United headed for action in the second leg as Craig Dawson gave the visitors the lead in the 38th minute. A minute before the break, Declan Rice doubled the lead of the North London side, putting David Moyes’ men in complete control of the second leg.

The Hammers picked where they left off as they snatched away their third at the start of the second half thanks to a Jarrod Bowen shot.

Frankfurt will now meet West Ham in the last four of the tournament.