Barcelona News: German side Eintracht Frankfurt beat Barcelona 3-2 (4-3 on aggregate) to qualify for the semi-finals of the Europa League. But the number of “away fans” in attendance at the stadium was the biggest talking point of the game.
The Blaugrana were the overwhelming favourites to win the Europa League this season. The Spanish giants dropped into the competition after finishing third in their UEFA Champions League group.
Xavi Hernandez had transformed Barcelona ever since he took over the club. The Spanish coach had overseen a successful winter transfer window as the club welcomed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres, and Adama Traore.
Owing to the impact of these players, Barcelona were on a 16-game unbeaten streak before the Europa League’s second leg against Eintracht Frankfurt. Hence the majority of the people expected them to go through to the semi-finals at home.
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Eintracht Frankfurt scored goals at timely intervals to end Barcelona’s hopes of winning a trophy this season. A late surge from the Blaugrana was not enough as Eintracht Frankfurt won 3-2 at the Camp Nou.
The German side opened the scoring in the 4th minute courtesy of a Kostic Penalty. Frankfurt would then double the advantage before halftime as Rafael Borris scored a wonder goal to make it 2-0 for the visitors in the 36th minute.
Eintracht Frankfurt were not done as Filip Kostic scored his second of the night to make it 3-0 in the 67th minute. Barcelona did score twice late in injury time courtesy of Sergio Busquets and Memphis Depay. But these goals were just consolation.
The German side were quite comfortable and would move on to the semi-finals of the Europa League. Eintracht Frankfurt will face Premier League side West Ham United in the next round.
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Around 30,000 Eintracht Frankfurt fans traveled to Barcelona to witness the Europa League game. They were not disappointed as they would see their side comfortably beat the Blaugrana at the Camp Nou.
The away fans had reportedly bought tickets from the season ticket holders that had decided not to attend the game. Given that it is Easter week, most Barcelona fans decided to skip the midweek fixture.
Owing to this, a white wall of fans was seen in the “home” section of the stadium. Hence Eintracht Frankfurt’s goals were greeted by a loud roar by the away fans inside the Camp Nou and this seems to have angered the Grada de Animacion.
Owing to this, The Barcelona Ultras decided not to return to their seats after halftime. They did this to protest the infestation of the away fans at the stadium. Hence showing a clear sign of anger towards the Barcelona fans that had sold their tickets to the away fans.
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