Barcelona was knocked out of Europe by Eintracht Frankfurt after a dreadful performance at the Camp Now. With a dramatic 3-2 upset victory at the iconic Catalan venue, the German team advanced to the Europa League semifinals, sending the visitors past Barcelona 4-3 on aggregate.
Barcelona had 75 percent possession but failed to create significant chances, with only 10 total shots compared to Frankfurt’s 15, the most of which came in the last minutes as the hosts desperately sought a late miracle. Barcelona’s few opportunities went begging, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang squandering the best one shortly after halftime.
After a foul by Eric Garcia in the fourth minute, Kostic scored a penalty, and Barcelona was unable to respond. Rafael Borre’s excellent goal put the Germans up 2-0 at halftime, and it would get even better after the break. After an hour, Kostic scored his second goal from open play, thus ending Barcelona’s European ambitions.
Sergio Busquets scored a late consolation goal with a stunning strike that belonged in a better game but was unfortunately wasted in an otherwise boring effort. Memphis Depay’s penalty conversion was the game’s final play, resulting in a 3-2 final score in the second leg.
Aside from Frankfurt’s deadly counter and comfortable defending, the match’s story was the estimated 30,000 Frankfurt fans who traveled to Barcelona, dotting the Camp Nou in white.
Barcelona vs. Eintracht Frankfurt final score
4th min — FRA — Filip Kostic (pen)
36th min — FRA — Rafael Borre
67th min — FRA — Filip Kostic
91st+ min — BAR — Sergio Busquets
100th+ min — BAR — Memphis Depay (pen)
Full-time: Barcelona 2-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
The whistle blows on the stroke of the restart, and Barcelona is eliminated from the Europa League 4-3 on aggregate.
It’s a famous win for the German side at one of the most famous grounds in the world, while Barcelona’s quest for a first Europa League championship is over. A calamitous performance from the hosts produces a shocking result, as a reported 30,000 Frankfurt fans were on hand to watch the action at the Camp Nou.