Europa League Barcelona held by Frankfurt, 10-man West Ham

Friday, April 8, 2022
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Europa League Barcelona Held by Frankfurt 10 Man West Ham

In a thrilling European Cup quarter-final clash between two of the top sides in the competition‚ Barcelona and Frankfurt were unable to find a winner. The match was decided on VAR review‚ as Barcelona's controversial penalty was ruled out. In the second half‚ Frankfurt went ahead after a Barcelona corner was cleared only as far as Knauff‚ who unleashed a dipping half-volley beyond Marc-Andre ter Stegen. Later‚ a combination between De Jong and Ousmane Dembele teed up Fernando Torres for Barcelona's equaliser. Frankfurt were reduced to 10 men in the final 12 minutes‚ but were unable to claim victory.

Europa League Barcelona vs Frankfurt

It's 0-0 at half-time in the Europa League Barcelona vs Frankfurt 10 man game. Barcelona are pushing forward without a second goal but Frankfurt keep up the pressure with the introduction of Ache and Rode. Barcelona are running out of time to win this game but Frankfurt have shown a lot of spirit despite going down to ten men. It's a tough match to call so it's worth watching. Barcelona started strongly and looked likely to win‚ although they were unable to score the opener. They pressed Frankfurt for the opening goal but couldn't breach their defence. Frankfurt had won a game in Spain this season‚ beating Real Betis 2-1 in the previous round. They sit just four points behind Barcelona in La Liga. The 10 men from Frankfurt could prove to be a real handful for Barcelona and they have a real chance of pulling a stunner in the Camp Nou next week. Eintracht Frankfurt‚ who finished with 10 men‚ will face Barcelona in the quarterfinals of the Europa League. The German side has struggled since their resurgence under Xavi Hernandez. They have beaten Napoli (4-2) and Galatasaray (2-1) on the road this season. Meanwhile‚ West Ham United fought back to draw 1-1 at home against Olympique Lyonnais.

RB Leipzig draw 1-1 at home to Atalanta

The first half started with Atalanta in control‚ but RB Leipzig quickly responded to a penalty by Dan Zappacosta‚ who headed in Angelino's cross and then bundled it into his own net. The goal was controversial and VAR briefly intervened to overturn the decision. Atalanta keeper Juan Musso saved Muriel's follow-up‚ but he was unable to keep out Davide Zappacosta's own goal from a corner. RB Leipzig and Atalanta are both struggling to replicate their previous form‚ with both sides dropping out of the Champions League. Despite their lowly positions‚ both sides played some spirited football‚ with Luis Muriel scoring the home side's opener in the 17th minute. RB Leipzig then missed a penalty with Andre Silva before Atalanta equalised through Davide Zappacosta's header. After a tense game‚ RB Leipzig will head to Lyon on a level note. Barcelona drew 1-1 with Eintracht Frankfurt‚ with Ansgar Knauff scoring the equalizer. RB Leipzig were also in action on Wednesday‚ drawing 1-1 at home to Atalanta. The Italian side were leading on the night‚ but Luis Muriel leveled it with a stunning free-kick in the 17th minute. Earlier‚ Dortmund had won 4-1 at the Allianz Arena‚ and it was expected that Eintracht would win the Europa League on Thursday. Despite this result‚ the German side should be confident after the win. Eintracht's recent run of bad luck continued as the first leg of their Europa League quarterfinal against Atalanta was drawn on Thursday. A win in this match would put the team in the semifinals of the Champions League.

Atalanta's Musso denies Andr Silva from the spot

Andalanta's Musso deny Andr Silva from the spot as Atalanta draw 1-1 with RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Thursday. The home side drew first blood in the 17th minute when Luis Muriel ran past Lukas Klostermann and slotted the ball into the top right corner. Musso also denied Andr Silva from the spot and Willie Orban from the rebound. West Ham‚ meanwhile‚ were denied by Zappacosta's own-goal after a clumsy challenge from the right side. The result was no surprise given the high standard of the two teams. Barcelona won the league last season but were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time since the arrival of Lionel Messi. Eintracht Frankfurt were 10 men when they played Barcelona in the Champions League. The German side is currently in second place in the league‚ while Barcelona are in second place in the Spanish league.

Atalanta hold West Ham to a draw in Europa League quarter-finals

After a tough Europa League campaign‚ Atalanta will be relieved to avoid drawing with West Ham. The Serie A side were one of the favourites‚ but the Italians came close to weakening the Italian side. On deadline day‚ the Serie A club went radio silent‚ with only RB Leipzig making a move for the Colombian striker. The Italian side's battling spirit earned Atalanta a 1-1 draw with RB Leipzig. West Ham‚ meanwhile‚ were hit by two attempts on goal and a goalkeeping error from Davide Zappacosta. RB Leipzig improved after half-time‚ however‚ and equalised just before the hour mark when Davide Zappacosta's header went in off the crossbar. The result leaves West Ham in the last eight of the Europa League and will face Lyon in the semi-finals. The two sides will face off on April 7 and the winners will play either Barcelona‚ Eintracht Frankfurt or RB Leipzig. If West Ham wins this tie‚ they will play Barcelona‚ RB Leipzig or Braga in the final. RB Leipzig will face Atalanta in the other quarter-final. The Europa League semi-finals will be held on April 7 and 14 and the final will be held in Spain. The draw for the final took place on March 30‚ and West Ham will face Barcelona‚ Marseille‚ Braga‚ or Rangers. With a draw‚ the Italian champions are assured of reaching the final of the competition. And this is where the rest of the season comes into play.

Marseille lose to PAOK Thessaloniki

The UEFA Conference League is in full swing with a game between Marseille and PAOK Thessaloniki scheduled for 7 April 2022. You can watch the game live through or stream it on the official site. The match is a must watch for fans of both teams. Marseille has already played a game at Panathaikos and another at Gent in the round of 16 play-offs. The results of the two games have left Marseille in second place in the Superliga table‚ and PAOK will now play in the UEFA Europa Coherence League next season. The first goal was scored by Dimitri Payet‚ who found Gerson and then opened the scoring. A half-volley from outside the Greek penalty area by Payet widened the lead. PAOK rallied in the second half‚ but failed to show anything good in the first 45 minutes. PAOK midfielder Charis Tsingaras struggled‚ so the Greek club introduced El Kaddouri at halftime‚ who deceived the PAOK keeper with his pace. Both teams are rooted in Greece‚ with PAOK Thessaloniki finishing third in the league and Marseille in the Europa League. PAOK had its best season in the recent past when they reached the knockout stage of the Europa League‚ where they were eliminated by Ajax. PAOK beat Fenerbahce in their home game‚ and drew 1-1 in the match against Panathinaikos in Constantinople. PAOK have a strong chance of making the final and reaching the Champions League.

Marseille beat PAOK Thessaloniki

A stunning Dimitri Payet strike was enough to help Olympic Marseille overcome Greek side PAOK Thessaloniki and earn a place in the quarterfinals of the Europa Conference League. Marseille are heavy favourites to reach the next round of the competition. After beating Basel and Gent in the last round‚ Marseille are set for another run deep into the competition. Their impressive start to the competition saw them win a commanding 6-1 over Qarabag. Payet is known for his highlight-reel goals. And his goal against PAOK was no different. Standing just 30 yards from goal‚ he unleashed a one-hopper into the upper-right corner of the goal. The goal was a beauty‚ as the striker beat PAOK keeper Alexandros Paschalakis to the ball. Cengiz Under's corner kick was delivered with pinpoint accuracy‚ and Payet lashed it into the upper 90. The Frenchman's goal was the highlight of the match for the fans. The strike came minutes before halftime. However‚ PAOK hit back through Omar El Kaddouri in the 48th minute to pull the Greek side level. Payet will now be in the semifinals for the first time in his career. The winner of this competition will face either Roma or Chelsea. In the other semifinal‚ Feyenoord or PSV will face one another.