Results and highlights from Frankfurt vs. Barcelona: Ferran Torres equalises Ansgar Knauff’s opener

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Ferran Torres scored the equaliser as Barcelona drew 1-1 against a spirited Eintracht Frankfurt In the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final.

Frankfurt, backed by a fervent crowd, weren’t daunted by taking on Barcelona and the German side took the lead just after half-time as Ansgar Knauff scored with a superbly struck effort from the edge of the penalty area.

Barca had struggled to create many openings but they improved significantly following the introductions of substitutes Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie de Jong.

Both Dembele and De Jong were involved in an intricate move as the Catalans equalised in the 65th minute, with Torres applying the finishing touch.

Frankfurt ended the game with 10 men after Tuta was sent off for two bookable offences and they may live to regret some of the opportunities they missed in this game.

They also saw a penalty award in the first half overturned following a VAR check.

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Frankfurt limit Aubameyang’s threat

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been superb in front of goal since joining Barcelona, with nine goals in 13 games. However, Frankfurt worked very hard to limit the threat of the Gabon striker and he found it very difficult to get into the game.

Aubameyang remained on the pitch for the whole match but he was well marshalled by the Frankfurt defence, with Martin Hinteregger producing a particularly impressive display.

Knauff could have bright future

Knauff will hit the headlines for his goal, but his overall performance also deserves much credit.

The 20-year-old, who is on loan from Borussia Dortmund, struck fear into the Barcelona defence with his direct runs. He has already featured for Dortmund in the Champions League, and, on this evidence, deserves to be gracing that stage again in the near future.

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Barcelona result

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Barcelona result

1H 2H Final
Eintracht Frankfurt 0 1 1
Barcelona 0 1 1

Goals:
Knauff – FRA – 48

Torres – BAR – 65 (Assist: De Jong)

Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Barcelona live updates, highlights from Europa League clash

Full-time: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Barcelona. The sides are level following an entertaining first leg. Knauff put Frankfurt in front with a superb strike but Torres equalised for Barcelona with a neat finish.

90 mins: Hinteregger has been excellent at the back for Frankfurt. Can his team hold on to draw the first leg?

88 mins: Barcelona are continuing to push forward but can’t find a second goal yet. Frankfurt bring on Ache for Borre and Rode for Jakic.

85 mins: Dembele has been impressive since his introduction for Barcelona but time is running out for the Catalan club to get a winner in the first leg.

81 mins: Jakic is booked for a foul on De Jong. Frankfurt have performed admirably since going down to ten men and are showing a lot of spirit.

77 mins: RED CARD: Frankfurt are reduced to ten men, with Tuta getting a second yellow card. He stamped on Pedri’s ankle, with the red card the right decision. Now Frankfurt bring on Toure for Kamada. N’Dicka does well to turn in the area but he just can’t quite pick out Toure.

75 mins: Frankfurt are still looking to create openings and Jakic shoots wide, but Barcelona look the most likely team to go in front as things stand.

72 mins: Barcelona are playing with considerably more confidence now. Will they be able to go in front. Frankfurt send on Hauge in place of Lindstrom.

Here’s Torres’ goal for those in the UK:

GOAL – Frankfurt 1-1 Barcelona (Torres): Barcelona are level as Torres applies the finishing touch to an excellent move involving substitutes Dembele and De Jong.

Here it is for those in the USA:

Here’s Knauff’s goal if you are in the UK:

Here it is if you’re in the USA:

60 mins: Tuta is booked for a foul on Gavi. Barcelona then make a double change as Dembele and De Jong replace Traore and Gavi.

55 mins: Frankfurt are continuing to pose a significant threat going forward. Borre has a shot deflected behind for a corner. Just prior to that he got in a good position to cross but couldn’t quite locate a team-mate.

48 mins: Lindstrom misses a chance as Frankfurt look to go two goals up. The atmosphere continues to be superb.

47 mins: GOAL – Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Barcelona: Frankfurt have the lead and it’s a fantastic strike from Knauff. He does well to control the ball and then sends a perfectly struck volley beyond Ter Stegen’s reach from the edge of the area.

46 mins: The second half is underway. Will Frankfurt be able to keep up this intensity.

Half-time: Elsewhere in the Europa League, Braga are leading Rangers 1-0, while West Ham are drawing 0-0 with Lyon. Earlier RB Leipzig drew 1-1 with Atalanta.

Half-time: Frankfurt 0-0 Barcelona. It’s goalless at the break and Frankfurt will be pleased with their performance so far as they have caused problems for Barcelona. The German side also had a penalty appeal turned down following a VAR check.

45 mins: The game has got a bit fractious of late, with Kostic being booked for a challenge on Araujo, who was livid at how the Frankfurt player kicked the ball at him.

42 mins: Lindstrom wins a corner for Frankfurt, who are ending the half strongly.

39 mins: Frankfurt think they have a penalty after a challenge from Busquets on Borre after Ter Stefen spilled a cross. It’s checked by VAR and referee Srdjan Jovanovic decides that a penalty shouldn’t be awarded.

31 mins: Knauff has looked very lively for Frankfurt so far. The German team haven’t been fazed at all by the size of the task facing them.

25 mins: Jakic goes for goal for distance for Frankfurt but Ter Stegen is able to comfortably gather the ball. Barcelona look in control but the threat of Frankfurt can’t be discounted.

22 mins: Barcelona have been forced into an early change, with Clement Lenglet entering the fray in place of Gerard Pique, who is struggling with an injury.

14 mins: Barcelona are starting to gain a bit more control of the game now and are playing some neat passes – they’re looking to get Traore into the game at every opportunity. Aubameyang then finds the side-netting.

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9 mins: Gavi does well to cut out the danger following a cross. Frankfurt are playing with a lot of energy and are putting Barcelona under pressure in the early stages.

5 mins: Knauff has a shot blocked for Frankfurt and the ball eventually goes out for a corner, with Kostic forcing a save from Ter Stegen. Sow then misses an excellent change following an excellent break downfield from Lindstrom.

2 mins: Ferran Torres goes for goal and Trapp reacts well to tip it over the crossbar. There’s a fantastic atmosphere generated by the Frankfurt supporters.

Kick off: The game is underway. Will Barcelona prevail or could Frankfurt cause an upset?

15 minutes to kick off: Barcelona won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup on three occasions, but they are looking to win the Europa League for the first time in its current guise. The winners of this tie will take on the winners of West Ham vs. Lyon in the semifinals.

45 minutes to kick off: Frankfurt’s Sebastian Rode had been struggling with an Achilles problem, but he’s on the bench again tonight and could feature in the second half.

1 hour to kick off: It will be interesting to see how Barcelona’s front three combine – the trio of Traore, Aubameyang and Torres could prove difficult for the Frankfurt defence to handle.

Frankfurt team: Trapp – Tuta, Hinteregger, N’Dicka – Knauff, Jakic, Sow, Kostic – Lindstrom, Borre, Kamada

Subs: Grahl (GK), Hrustic, Lammers, Rode, Toure, Hasebe, Ache, Chandler, Hauge, Da Costa, Barkok, Goncalo Paciencia

Barcelona team: Adama Traore starts.

90 minutes from kickoff: Frankfurt will be aiming to make life difficult for Barcelona and they will look to make good use of the experience of players such as Kevin Trapp and Martin Hinteregger.

2 hours from kickoff: Barcelona will be looking to take a big step towards reaching the semi-finals of the Europa League when they take on Eintracht Frankfurt tonight. Xavi’s side have yet to be beaten in this season’s competition, but they have also ended up drawing their two first-leg fixtures so far.

How to watch Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Barcelona

UK USA Canada Australia
Date Mar. 7 Mar. 7 Mar. 7 Mar. 8
Time 20:00 BST 15:00 ET 15:00 05:00
TV channel BT Sport Extra 1 Paramount + DAZN Stan Sport
Streaming BT Sport Paramount + DAZN Stan Sport

 

UK: In the UK the game will be shown live on BT Sport Extra 1 and is also available to stream on BT Sport.

USA: The game will be broadcast on Paramount + in the USA and Spanish language coverage is available on fubo TV.

Canada: DAZN will be showing the game live in Canada.

Australia: In Australia the fixture will be available to watch on Stan Sport.

Source-The Sporting News 

 

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