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Eintracht Frankfurt v Barcelona Live Commentary, 07/04/2022

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1 - 1
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A. Knauff (48)
Ferran Torres (66)
Deutsche Bank Park

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Thanks for joining us for live coverage of the 1-1 draw between Eintracht Frankfurt and Barcelona, in the first-leg of their Europa League quarter-final.
The tie is finely poised ahead of the second leg in Barcelona, and both sides will fancy their chances of making it through to the semi-final of the competition. Both teams will have domestic duties first though with the Spanish side travelling to Levante in LaLiga while Glasner's men will host SC Freiburg, before the teams do battle again in the second leg on 14th April.
The referee blows the whistle on what was an absorbing first-leg, with the game finishing 1-1. The visitors nearly took the lead after just three minutes, but an excellent save from Trapp was enough to tip a Torres shot from distance wide as it looked destined for the top corner. The hosts themselves should've been in front minutes later, but Sow showed a lack of composure as his first-time effort in space in the box went wide. The referee awarded a penalty to the German side late in the first-half after Busquets brought down Borre, however a VAR check showed that the Spanish midfielder got a toe to the ball and the decision was overturned to ensure the game went to the break goalless. That changed early into the second half, when a corner was only headed out to Knauff on the edge of the box. The wide man took a touch, before lashing a brilliant effort past the diving Ter Stegen to give his team the lead. They were pegged back though on 66 minutes, when an excellent move ended with De Jong squaring for Torres. The former Manchester City man was able to find the bottom left corner to make it 1-1. Eintracht Frankfurt went down to 10 men on 78 minutes, when Tuta received a second yellow card but Xavi's men couldn't take advantage and the game finishes one apiece.
90' + 3' FULL-TIME: EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 1-1 BARCELONA
90' + 2' Time is running out if either side want to take a lead into the second-leg.
90' The fourth official puts up his board and indicates that there will be three minutes of additional time at the end of this match.
S. Rode
K. Jakić
Eintracht Frankfurt
89' Glasner puts on Rode for Jakic.
R. Ache
R. Borré
Eintracht Frankfurt
89' Borre is replaced by Ache.
88' Lenglet jumps highest to get to a corner from the left, but his deflected header goes harmlessly wide as he perhaps should've done better.
86' Xavi's men are looking the more likely to grab a late winner here, as they look to take a lead back to Spain.
84' Trapp flaps at a deep Dembele cross, but Knauff is able to hoof it upfield before any visiting player can take advantage.
K. Jakić
Yellow Card
Eintracht Frankfurt
82' Jakic is booked now for bringing down De Jong, as the Dutchman drove forward with the ball.
A. Touré
D. Kamada
Eintracht Frankfurt
81' Kamada comes off for Toure, in a defensive change forced by the sending off.
80' Can the visitors take advantage of Tuta's red card?
78' Tuta is sent off!!! The centre-back receives a second yellow card for a really late challenge on Pedri as the young Spaniard beat him to the ball, and the hosts will play the rest of this game with 10 men. He can't really have any complaints, with both of his cards being fully warranted.
76' Jakic shoots from distance, but it skims harmlessly wide of the left post.
75' Garcia does well to get down low to head away a cross, as it came at him at an awkward height.
J. Hauge
J. Lindstrøm
Eintracht Frankfurt
73' Lindstrom is replaced by Hauge.
72' A free-kick routine from the visitors is thwarted, as Alba's first-time cross from a Dembele layoff was quickly blocked by Kamada.
70' All of a sudden, the hosts are looking a little fragile at the back. Ndicka is only able to nod a cross from the left back into the danger area, before Sow finally hacks it clear.
68' With the game level once more, which team can kick on and wrestle back control of the tie?
F. de Jong
Assist
Barcelona
66' De Jong was able to excellently square the ball for Torres, who found the bottom corner with his effort.
Ferran Torres
Goal
Barcelona
66' The visitors are level!!! It's a brilliant team goal that does it, as Dembele, De Jong and Torres all link together with one-touch passing before the latter digs a shot into the bottom corner to make it 1-1.
65' The Barcelona players are growing increasingly frustrated at the referee, as they feel the majority of the 50/50 decisions are going the way of the hosts.
63' Torres does superbly to get past Tuta and drive into the hosts' box, but he fires his shot way over.
O. Dembélé
Adama Traoré
Barcelona
62' Dembele comes on for Traore.
F. de Jong
Gavi
Barcelona
61' Gavi makes way for De Jong.
Tuta
Yellow Card
Eintracht Frankfurt
61' Tuta is yellow-carded for cynically bringing down Gavi as the young Spaniard skipped past him.
60' Ter Stegen shows great composure to wait for the ball to get into his own box so he can pick it up, despite Borre bearing down on him.
58' Aubameyang has scored 24 goals in the Europa League. Can he find another here to get his team back on level terms?
56' The ball is played into Borre in the middle, but he can't turn and get a shot away in time and the ball is poked away for a corner, which then comes to nothing.
54' The hosts are unbeaten in eight meetings with Spanish sides in European competition.
52' Barcelona have had 62% of the possession so far in this match, yet they've only registered one shot on target.
50' How big could that goal end up being? It's fully deserved too, as the German side looked very threatening in the first period.
A. Knauff
Goal
Eintracht Frankfurt
48' What a goal!!! A superb strike from Knauff has put his side into the lead. A corner from the right was headed out, but only to Knauff outside the box. The wide man takes a touch, before firing a half-volley at goal. Ter Stegen is at full stretch, and is still nowhere near the ball as it flies into the top corner as the scoreline is now 1-0 to the hosts.
48' There are some light appeals for a penalty as Lindstrom hits the deck in the box under challenge from Garcia, but the referee completely dismisses them.
46' The hosts get us back underway for the second period.
Both sides will be desperate for a decent first-leg result before the return fixture at Camp Nou. Will either side gamble and go for the win in this first game?
We go to the break with the scoreline 0-0, despite both sides having decent chances. It was the visitors who nearly took the lead early on, as Trapp made a world-class save at full-stretch to tip a Torres shot from distance past the post. The hosts then should've been in front just minutes later, when a Lindstrom cross found Sow in the middle of the box in space. The Swiss midfielder shot first time, but could only place it well wide as it looked as if he couldn't miss. The German side were then awarded a penalty on 37 minutes, when a Ter Stegen fumble left the ball loose in the Barcelona area. Borre appeared to get there first, before being brought down by Busquets. However, the referee went to the VAR pitchside monitor to check his decision and ruled that the Spanish midfielder got a toe to the ball, and overturned his decision as we go into the interval goalless.
45' + 3' HALF-TIME: EINTRACHT FRANKFURT 0-0 BARCELONA
F. Kostić
Yellow Card
Eintracht Frankfurt
45' + 2' Kostic goes in the book for booting the ball at Araujo, after the referee had already blown for a foul.
45' The referee adds on three minutes at the end of this first half.
43' Lindstrom watches a deflected effort go behind for a corner, after Busquets chased his shot down.
41' That's a big let off for the visitors, and they will be glad to get into the break goalless as the German side have looked threatening in recent minutes.
39' No penalty!!! The referee Srdjan Jovanovic goes to the pitchside monitor to check the spot-kick award, and the replays show that Busquets actually got his toe to the ball first. Jovanovic reverses his decision, much to the hosts' disappointment.
37' Eintracht Frankfurt have a penalty!!! Ter Stegen can only palm a cross from Kostic back into the danger area, and Busquets catches Borre as the forward tried to reach the rebound. The striker appears to get there first and goes down, and the referee points to the spot straight away. This will be checked by VAR though.
36' Kostic swings the ball in, but Lenglet is there to nod away before Lindstrom lashes a wild effort from range well over.
35' Araujo blocks off Kostic as the wide man played the ball past him, and the hosts have a free-kick in a dangerous crossing position.
33' Can either side find a goal before half-time?
31' A clever move from the visitors nearly ends with Aubameyang poking into an open goal, but it just evades the former Arsenal striker's toe. The flag later goes up for offside anyway.
29' Ter Stegen is able to gather a Knauff cross at the second attempt, before Borre can stab the rebound home.
27' Kostic decides to go for goal, despite having options to his right. He may regret his decision now, as his shot is quickly blocked by Araujo before getting anywhere near Ter Stegen's net.
25' Jakic shoots from way out, and his tame effort bounces through to Ter Stegen.
C. Lenglet
Piqué
Barcelona
23' Lenglet comes on for Pique, in an early enforced change.
22' The visitors have conceded 14 goals in their last three games against German opponents in European competition.
20' Busquets is well-placed to intercept a Lindstrom cross into a decent area, halting the potential danger.
18' Aubameyang smashes into the side netting, as he fails to pounce on a loose pass in the home defence.
16' This is the first ever meeting between these sides in Europe.
14' Traore shows great skill and pace to get to the byline, but his cross is cut out by Hinteregger before Aubameyang can get anything goalwards.
12' Aubameyang looks to latch onto a long through ball, but his touch takes him wide and he is forced to check back, allowing the hosts to get back into position.
10' Gavi is again involved defensively, as he makes a vital interception in his own area to stop a cross reaching Knauff at the back post.
9' Alba sends a delightful cross into the box, but none of his teammates are there to turn it in as the full-back looks on frustrated.
8' It's been a very lively start to this game, and both sides are looking to get on the front foot. Who can make the breakthrough?
6' Big miss! A quick Frankfurt counter ends with Lindstrom picking out Sow in the middle. The midfielder tries to hit it first time, but sidefoots well wide when it looked as if he was going to put his team into an early lead.
5' There's an important block by Gavi to divert a Knauff shot for a corner, after Barcelona didn't switch on to a quick throw from the hosts.
3' What a save! Torres lets fly from 30 yards out, and it looks to be arrowing into the top corner. However, Trapp dives across to tip it behind for a corner at full stretch. It was a great effort by Torres, outdone by an even better stop from the home goalkeeper.
1' The visitors kick us off and we are underway. Which of the teams will make the better start?
The two teams make their way onto the pitch ahead of kick-off in this huge European clash.
Visiting boss Xavi Hernandez goes with three alterations from the 1-0 victory over Sevilla in their last match, as Araujo slides across to right-back while Garcia will come in at centre-half. Gavi and Traore are the other two players to come in, as Dembele and De Jong drop to the bench.
Home head coach Oliver Glasner makes one change from his side’s 0-0 draw with Furth at the weekend, with Hinteregger replacing Hasebe at the heart of the defence. Lindstrom and Kamada continue to play either side of Borre up top.
SUBS: Nicolas Gonzalez, Ousmane Dembele, Clement Lenglet, Arnau Tenas, Martin Braithwaite, Alejandro Balde, Neto, Frenkie de Jong, Oscar Mingueza, Riqui Puig.
BARCELONA (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia, Jordi Alba; Pedri, Sergio Busquets, Pablo Gaviria; Adama Traore, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres.
SUBS: Jens Hauge, Jens Grahl, Sam Lammers, Aymen Barkok, Makoto Hasebe, Timothy Chandler, Ragnar Ache, Almamy Toure, Ajdin Hrustic, Goncalo Paciencia, Sebastian Rode, Danny da Costa.
EINTRACHT FRANKFURT (3-4-3): Kevin Trapp; Tuta, Martin Hinteregger, Evan Ndicka; Ansgar Knauff, Kristijan Jakic, Djibril Sow, Filip Kostic; Jesper Lindstrom, Rafael Borre, Daichi Kamada.
The visitors reached this stage of the competition after beating Galatasaray 2-1 on aggregate in the previous round, having previously been knocked out of the Champions League group stage after only finishing third. They sit second in LaLiga, winning their last six consecutive league matches.
The hosts come into this game after overcoming Real Betis 3-2 on aggregate in the Round of 16, having remained unbeaten as they topped Group D previously. They currently sit ninth in their domestic league, and have a lot of work to do in their remaining games if they want to reach the European qualification spots for next season.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final between Eintracht Frankfurt and Barcelona.