On the evening of April 7, the first meeting in the quarterfinals of the Europa League took place – Eintracht vs Barcelona.
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|Eintracht 1:1 Barcelona|
Goals: Knauff, 48 (1:0). Torres, 66 (1:1).
|Trapp, N`Dika, Hintergger, Tuta, Jakic (Rohde, 89), Sow, Kostich, Kamada (Toure, 80), Lindström (Hauge, 73), Borre (Ache, 89), Knauff.||ter Stegen, Pique (Langlais, 23), Araujo, Jordi Alba, Garcia, Busquets, Pedri, Gavi (de Jong, 62), Traore (Dembele, 62), Torres, Aubameyang.|
Warnings: Kostic, 45+2′. Tuta, 61′. Jakic, 82′.
Penalty: Tuta, 78′ (2nd foul).
Referee: Jovanovic (Serbia).
Barcelona, which has gained very good form, entered the match against German club Eintracht.
Already from the first half the guests began to play actively creating chances. Ferran Torres had a great opportunity to score, but goalkeeper Trapp was in place.
After the active pressure of the guests, the German club missed a good chance to take the lead when Jesper Lindström’s pass perfectly picked up Djibril Sow who found space in the penalty area, but the midfielder did not hit the target. The hosts also thought they had a penalty after Sergio Busquets fouled Rafael Santos Borra, but the decision was overruled by VAR as the midfielder clearly won the ball.
In the second half, Barcelona head coach Xavi hoped for an improvement in the game, but the visitors unexpectedly conceded. Barcelona failed to properly serve a corner kick and the ball went to Knauff on the edge of the field, and the German had enough time to control it to score a beautiful goal and delight the crowd.
It didn’t take long before the visitors made a few substitutions to remedy the situation. They brought in Ousmane Dembele along with Frankie De Jong. And after four minutes, the substitution worked. Dembele made a great tackle on Torres who shot past the visiting goalkeeper Trapp.
All chances for Eintracht to regain their advantage were exhausted after a second yellow card to Tuta, who made a late foul on Pedri.
In the end, the match ended in a draw. And everything will be decided in the second game in Spain at Camp Nou.