Barcelona 2-3 Eintracht Frankfurt (Agg 3-4): Player ratings as Blaugrana crash out of Europa League


Barcelona crashed out of the Europa League quarter-finals with a 3-2 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday night, consigning them to a 4-3 aggregate loss despite a pair of stoppage-time goals.

Roared on by as many as 30,000 travelling fans squeezed into Barcelona’s Camp Nou, Frankfurt made a lightning start. As the ball tumbled out of the Catalan sky, Eric Garcia got a firm grip of Jesper Lindstrom, sending himself and the Dane to the turf to concede a third-minute penalty – the fourth spot-kick Barcelona have given away in their last two matches.

Filip Kostic duly converted to open the scoring on the night and give his side a 2-1 aggregate lead.

In a rerun of the first leg, Frankfurt loomed like a coiled spring around halfway, desperate for the player in possession to set off one of their pressing triggers – be it a backwards pass or heavy touch – and fly forward.

In the final ten minutes of the first half, Sergio Busquets’ peripheral vision was snowed out by a tundra of white shirts swarming around the ball. Frankfurt robbed possession for the umpteenth time, but Rafael Borre produced a once-in-a-lifetime strike to double the lead, ripping a venomous effort past Marc-Andre ter Stegen from 25 yards.



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