Tuesday, July 23

Eintracht Frankfurt sink Barca in Europa League quarters

Agencies

Eintracht Frankfurt stunned Barcelona with a dramatic 3-2 victory at the Nou Camp on Thursday to set up a Europa League semi-final against West Ham.

Following a 1-1 draw in the first leg, the German side stormed into a 3-0 lead in the second and looked in control before conceding two late goals from Barcelona.

Filip Kostic’s penalty and Rafael Borre’s superb strike were followed by another for Kostic after the break, the BBC reported. But Sergio Busquets’ effort and Memphis Depay’s penalty set up a tense finish.

According to the BBC, Frankfurt defender Evan Ndicka was also sent off for a second yellow card for what looked a soft foul on Luuk de Jong for the spot-kick, with nine minutes added on following a VAR malfunction.

But Frankfurt, who sit ninth in the Bundesliga, saw out a memorable victory to the delight of their almost 30,000 travelling fans.

Barcelona, on a superb run since the arrival of Xavi as manager, did not know how to cope with the Bundesliga outfit’s clinical counter-attacks and Frankfurt could have had more, the news agency further reported.

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