Europa League: Ten-man Frankfurt hold Barcelona, West Ham pegged back

Europa League: Ten-man Frankfurt hold Barcelona, West Ham pegged back

Barcelona settled for a 1-1 draw with ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals. 

Barcelona almost took the lead early in the game as Torres' 25-yard pile driver was saved by Trapp and went over the bar. 

Frankfurt were in the driving seat and could have already scored two just before halftime. Barcelona had shown little apart from Torres' early chance. 

Minutes to halftime, Frankfurt were awarded a penalty after Busquests brought Borre down inside the danger zone. The centre referee pointed for the spot but Barcelona players were protesting and the referee had to go for a quick VAR check. After a brief check, the penalty was overturned.  

Frankfurt goal 

The hosts picked from where they left and were pressing Barcelona in the early minutes of the second half. After some build-up, Barca cleared and the ball landed dearly to Knauff who volleyed a spinning ball past Ter-Stegen.

West Ham United - Olympique Lyonnais

It was a tight contest that saw the two teams head into halftime without a goal. However, West Ham were reduced to ten men as Cresswell was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Dembele. 

The Hammers wanted a penalty after Antonio went down, but didn't get the decision. Seconds later, the ball bobbled through into the path of Bowen, his shot then took a deflection too and it bounced over the goalkeeper and into the net. 

The Catalans were pushing for a leveller and the pressure paid through Ferran Torres. Dembele, Torres and De Jong played one touch football around the Frankfurt defence, allowing the former Manchester City man to slot home from close range.

Lyon got their equalizer through Tanguy Ndombele. The former Tottenham man had got the equaliser. Tete’s low cross into the box is parried out by Areola, straight into the path of Ndombele via a deflected off Fredericks. Simple finish and Lyon were back on terms.

Red card 

Tuta was off for his second booking after a reckless challenge on Pedri minutes after Frankfurt wasted ANOTHER promising break.

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