Europa League roundup: Barcelona, West Ham held; Braga edge Rangers
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Europa League roundup: Barcelona, West Ham held; Braga edge Rangers

Spanish giants Barcelona were forced to settle for a 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League first-leg clash on Thursday night. 

Xavi Hernandez's in-form Catalans were clear favourites going into the match, but the hosts put in a solid performance before a sold-out home crowd.

Ansgar Knauff opened the scores three minutes into the second half, but Ferran Torres equalised just after the hour mark. 

Frankfurt were then reduced to 10 men with 12 minutes to go after Tuta was shown a straight red card, but Barca could not find a winner.

The draw though makes the Blaugrana favourites for the second leg in Spain next week. 

“We put in a superb performance and didn’t allow them much in the entire 90 minutes,” said Knauff. “It’s almost a bit annoying that we didn’t hold on for the win, but anything is possible for the second leg.”

In another match, 10-man West Ham battled to a 1-1 draw at home against Lyon in an entertaining clash. 

With the match balanced at 0-0 going into the break, Aaron Cresswell was shown a straight red card for a foul on Moussa Dembele just before the half-time whistle. 

Despite being a man less, the Hammers drew first blood in the 52nd minute when Jarrod Bowen pounced on a Jerome Boateng error to find the back of the net.

The lead, however, lasted only 14 minutes as Tanguy Ndombele, on loan from Tottenham equalised for the visitors. 

In Portugal, Abel Ruiz scored a wonderful 40th-minute goal as Braga saw off Rangers 1-0.

Thursday night results;

  • Frankfurt 1-1 Barcelona
  • West Ham 1-1 Lyon
  • RB Leipzig 1-1 Atalanta
  • Braga 1-0 Rangers
  • Barcelona - Next Match
  • 13, Jul - 7:00pm
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