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Barcelona held at the Deutsche Bank Park by 10-man Frankfurt

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Barcelona drew 1-1 against Eintracht Frankfurt in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-final.

The visitors had an excellent chance when Ferran Torres’s long shot was saved by Trapp. The hosts’ counter-attack appeared to be lethal as well.Moreover, they also had a chance when Sow lacked finishing in front of the goal as the ball found him unmarked in the box. 

In the first, Frankfurt was awarded a penalty when Barcelona captain Busquets made a risky challenge. However, after a VAR check, the penalty was overturned. This resulted in both teams going into the second half goalless.

In the second half, soon after three minutes, Frankfurt took the lead. Because they won a corner and that corner was headed to Knauff, Knauff took a touch and smashed it past Ter Stegan from outside the box.

Barcelona equalised in the 66th minute when De Jong squared the ball to Ferran. The buildup to that goal included Dembele and a brilliant exchange of passes between Ferran and De Jong.

Later, Frankfurt were down to 10 men when Tuta received his second yellow card in the 78th minute. However, Barcelona were not able to take advantage of that and score a goal. 

Barcelona will try to play better in the second leg as it is their home game.

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