Barcelona vs Eintracht Frankfurt, Europa League: Final score 2-3 (3-4 ag), Barca crash out of Europe with bad home loss

Barcelona’s European journey in the 2021-22 season ended at the Europa League quarter-final stage thanks to a 3-2 loss to Eintracht Frankurt in the second leg at Camp Nou on Thursday. Barca played poorly from start to finish and were well beaten by an excellent Frankfurt side, and the BlaugranaXavi Hernández’s best trophy shot in Xavi Hernández’s debut season is gone in painful fashion.

FIRST HALF

The game started very badly for Barca as Eric García gave away a silly penalty knocking Lindstrom down in the box after just three minutes, and Filip Kostic stepped up the ante and scored Frankfurt’s opener.

The German side got off to a dream start and proved almost impossible to break, with a well-organized defense and excellent pressing. Barca showed good intensity and movement up front but never posed a real threat, and the visitors remained comfortable in their form.

And to make matters worse, Rafael Borré scored an absolute scream with a 30-yard rocket into the top corner, and Frankfurt doubled their lead 10 minutes before half-time. The goal stunned Barca, who looked desperate and out of ideas at the end of the half.

With 45 minutes remaining in their European campaign, Barca needed a second-half miracle as Frankfurt came very close to the biggest win in club history.

SECOND PART

The second half was a disaster: Barça continued to show no threat with the ball and were even more open at the back, and Frankfurt delivered the final blow: Kostic received the ball in the box and scored their goal with a powerful low shot with his left foot through the goal and into the bottom corner, and Eintracht had a three-goal lead to seal the deal.

The last 30 minutes were all about Barca showing some combat and dignity, and they certainly tried to go ahead and look for a goal or two. They got one thanks to a tap-in from Sergio Busquets, but the captain was offside and the goal was ruled out by VAR to add insult to injury. Busquets was not going to be denied, however, and scored a beauty from outside the box to make the scoreline less ugly. There was still time for a second when Memphis Depay scored a penalty in the 11th minute of added time, but it was the last kick of the game.

The final whistle has come to end Barca’s European adventure this season, and now it’s all eight games left to go. The league clinch a place in the Champions League next season. That was the main focus of this campaign anyway, but tonight takes away Barca’s best chance of winning a title. And Pedri is injured. A night to forget indeed.


Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Mingueza (Dest 61′), Araujo, Eric (L. De Jong 70′), Alba; Pedri (F. De Jong 46′), Busquets, Gavi; Dembele, Aubameyang (Adama 61′), Ferran (Memphis 80′)

Goals: Busquets (90+1′), Memphis (enclosure 90+11′)

Frankfurt: trap; Touré (Hasebe 90+9′), Hinteregger, Ndicka; Knauff (Chandler 90+9′), Rode (Hrustic 80′), Jakic, Kostic; Lindstrom (Hauge 80′), Borré (Ache 90′), Kamada

Goals: Kostic (pen 4′, 67′), Borré (36′)

Red card: I (90 + 10′)

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