FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Barcelona were shaken by Eintracht Frankfurt but took a first step in their bid to reach the Europa League last four after Ferran Torres equalized 1-1 in the second half in the quarter-finals. Thursday.
Torres canceled Ansgar Knauf’s first-half opener in a live match at Waldstadion, which the hosts finished with ten men after putting the favorites in the competition.
In the last eight other matches, West Ham United drew 1-1 at home to Olympique Lyonnais despite Aaron Cresswell’s dismissal at the end of the first half.
Jarrod Bowen opened the scoring in the 52nd minute after a fatal error from Jerome Boateng, only for Tanguy Ndombele to settle for the visitors after 66 minutes, exploiting from close range after Tite saved his way from Alphonse Areola.
Rangers lost 1-0 to Braga, and the Portuguese team rewarded their dominance five minutes before the end of the first half when Abel Ruiz scored with a powerful shot.
At the start of the match, Atlanta and RB Leipzig tied 1-1 at the Red Bull Arena.
Luis Morell put the visitors ahead after 17 minutes with a superb shot, with both sides hitting the woods in the first half.
Leipzig, who missed a penalty by Andre Silva before the hour mark, equalized in the 59th minute when Davide Zappacosta converted Angelino’s cross into his own net.
In Frankfurt, the hosts absorbed the pressure early on hoping to hit Barcelona in the break, but were in danger three minutes later when Kevin Trapp sent Torres’ shot over the bar.
Trapp was in it again to deny Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but the match was teetering in the way of the German side.
Sergio Busquets appeared to have brought down Rafael Santos Borre in the area before the end of the first half, but referee Serjian Jovanovic canceled the initial penalty request after reviewing the VAR.
Eintracht continued to advance, earning his reward three minutes into the second half when Knauf found the back of the net with a floating shot from outside the box after a poor clearance from Barcelona’s defence.
Oliver Glasner’s side continued to play with a low block and was punished in the 66th minute as Torres beat Trapp with a low shot after 1-2 with Frenkie de Jong, who had just come in.
Eintracht’s hopes of a late win were dashed in the 78th minute when Tota received a second yellow card for a tough challenge on Pedri Gonzalez, leaving his side to finish the match short man.