Here are three surprising facts about Barcelona’s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals on Friday (15/04/22).
As is known, Barcelona just swallowed the bitter pill because it fell in the Europa League season 2021-2022. Having a chance to qualify for the semifinals, they were crushed by Eintracht Frankfurt .
Playing at their own headquarters, namely the Camp Nou Stadium, Barcelona had to fall behind first through Filip Kostic’s quick goal in the fourth minute via the penalty spot.
After that, Xavi Hernandez’s troops conceded again in the 36th minute through the action of Rafael Borre. The score 2-0 for Eintracht Frankfurt’s advantage lasted until halftime.
Despite having the upper hand in possession, the Blaugrana’s net was vibrating again thanks to a brace from Filip Kostic in the 67th minute.
Finally, Barcelona was able to reduce the gap in the 90+1 minute thanks to a goal from Sergio Busquest. Entering the 90+11 minute, the hosts were awarded a penalty after Evan N’Dicka committed a foul in the forbidden box.
Evan N’Dicka was finally given a red card by the referee. Memphis Depay, who advanced as the executor, managed to make the score 2-3 until the second half ended.
The score made Xavi Hernandez’s team have to lift their suitcase from the Europa League because they lost 4-3 on aggregate. On the other hand, Eintracht Frankfurt has the right to advance to the semifinals against West Ham United on 28 April 2022.
Behind Barcelona’s painful defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, there are some surprising facts. What are they? see the following description:
There are 30 thousand Eintracht Frankfurt fans at Camp Nou
There was a strange sight in Barcelona’s match against Eintracht Frankfurt in the second leg of the Europa League quarter-finals this morning.
This is because Barcelona’s headquarters, Camp Nou, was filled with about 30 thousand supporters from Germany. They came and sang in support of Eintracht Frankfurt.
This then makes Barcelona under pressure even though playing at home. The visiting team players were even more motivated to win because of the arrival of tens of thousands of supporters.
According to a report from AS , Blaugrana president Joan Laporta admits they missed out, despite confirming that Frankfurt fans bought tickets from an official source.
He was very angry and considered the presence of 30 thousand Frankfurt fans as a shameful incident.
“This is a shameful thing that should not be repeated. We have information about what happened,” said Laporta.
“It’s outrageous and shameful. What we can’t avoid are certain situations, but things like this have been allowed for years and from now on we have to be stricter.”
Barcelona’s unbeaten record is gone
The defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt meant that Barcelona’s unbeaten streak in the last 15 matches in all competitions has been lost.
Before meeting the German Bundesliga club, they were unbeaten in the last 15 matches. Barcelona recorded 11 wins and four draws.
Currently the best unbeaten record in the top five European leagues is still held by AC Milan. Stefano Pioli’s men recorded six wins and six draws from the last 12 matches.
Barcelona Always Weak Anticipation of Long-range Shots
According to statistics from Opta Jose, Barcelona have conceded eight long-range goals this season. This number is the highest since the 2005-2006 season.
As is known, Frankfurt’s second goal was born from a long-range shot scored by Rafael Santos Borre. The rocket kick was created at 36 minutes.
That is, Barcelona this season is weak in anticipating long-range shots. Of course this is homework for Xavi Hernandez if he does not want to swallow more problems.