Summary of the Europa League quarterfinals
The Europa League quarter-finals produced some very interesting, exciting and high-intensity matchups.
And when all was said and done, RB Leipzig, Eintracht Frankfurt, West Ham and Rangers booked their place in the quarter-finals after beating Atalanta, Barcelona, Lyon and Braga.
Frankfurt will face West Ham in the semi-finals, while RB Leipzig will face Rangers.
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Surprise of the round: Eintracht Frankfurt eliminates Barcelona
Of all the quarter-final ties, Barcelona vs Eintracht Frankfurt seemed the easiest to predict.
Barcelona have transformed under Xavi Hernandez and their new form has taken them from a potential Europa League spot to second place in La Liga.
Meanwhile, Frankfurt languished in the middle of the Bundesliga table, conceding goals for fun. As a result, almost everyone expected Barcelona to easily overtake the German team. However, it was Frankfurt who advanced to the semi-finals with an aggregate score of 4-3.
Quarterfinal match: Barcelona 2-Eintracht Frankfurt 3
The second leg between Barcelona and Frankfurt had absolutely everything; late drama that saw Xavi and company. predict a comeback, an expulsion, high-octane football and some simply spectacular goals from both teams on the day.
The neutrals couldn’t have asked for a better matchup.
tweet of the round
Declan Rice mocks Lyon’s Twitter admin:
This aged well 😂👍 https://t.co/oYNOAE4DzK
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) April 14, 2022
goal of the round
We return once again to Barcelona’s tie with Frankfurt, as in both games, both teams produced some simply sensational goals.
Ansgar Knauff’s opening goal in the first leg is worth mentioning, as is Rafael Borre’s strike for the German powerhouse in the second leg.
However, it was Sergio Busquets’ long-distance shot in 91St. minute of the second match that could be said to have been the goal of the round.
Sergio Busquets! 😳
Quality shot from outside the area! 🔥
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 14, 2022
Semi-final tie to watch: West Ham vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Rangers come into their draw with RB Leipzig as serious underdogs. So it’s worth watching West Ham and Frankfurt, who have produced high-scoring and entertaining matches this season.
what the odds say
For the latest Europa League odds, check this link.
RB Leipzig are current favorites to lift the trophy at 6/5 at bet365, while West Ham are currently available to be backed at 2/1.
Both Eintracht Frankfurt (5/1) and Rangers (6/1) are clear strangers to win the competition.
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