Barcelona-Frankfurt, facts and stats | European League

Barcelona still had their sights set on the only major European trophy missing from their group after their 1-1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt in the UEFA Europa League quarter-final first leg, even though the German club is unbeaten in the competition this season and has never been seen before. Lost in Spain.

• After 17 consecutive years of appearing in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League, FC Barcelona failed to get out of its group this season. With only seven points, they finished third behind Bayern Munich and Benfica and qualified for the European League, advancing to the Round of 16 after beating Napoli and Galatasaray away after a draw at Camp Nou.

• Frankfurt remained unbeaten in the European Football League during the autumn, topping Group D with 12 points, ahead of Olympiacos, Fenerbahce and Antwerp to advance directly to the playoffs, where they eliminated Real Betis thanks to an own goal in the last minute of extra time. Time (2-1, 1-1).

He lives

Previous meetings
• The two teams separated 1-1 in the first meeting of the two teams in the UEFA competition. The hosts opened the scoring at Frankfurt Stadion with a superb shot from Ansgar Knauf, his first European goal, before Ferran Torres equalized after a superb team move. Eintracht finished the match with ten men after their Brazilian defender Tota was sent off in the 78th minute.

• In the first leg, Barcelona ended a losing streak of three consecutive matches against a German team – all against Bayern – as the Catalan team conceded 14 goals, and scored only two. Barcelona have won 20 of 29 home matches against German clubs, including the last 17 against teams other than Bayern. Bayer Leverkusen, the last non-resident team in Munich not to lose at the Camp Nou was Bayer Leverkusen, winning 1-0 in the 1987/88 UEFA Cup quarter-final second leg (1-0 on aggregate), the winning version of the club from across the Rhine.

• Barcelona met with German teams in 21 knockout matches, including the finals, and qualified 15 times. In the European quarter-final against German teams, the team scored 3 play-offs and 2 eliminations, despite its recent 8-2 loss to Bayern in Lisbon two seasons ago – the club’s biggest European defeat.

• Frankfurt’s first encounter with the Spaniards was their historic 7-3 defeat against Real Madrid in the 1960 Champions Cup final in Glasgow. However, the late own goal against Betis means that the Germans are unbeaten against Spanish opponents since then (5 wins and two draws), with a home record of two wins and one draw. Eintracht’s record in knockout matches against Spanish clubs is now 3 qualifiers and there are no eliminations.

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about the difference

Barcelona
• Barcelona finished third in the Spanish League 2020/21, the first time they finished outside the first and second positions since 2007/2008, when they also occupied third place. However, the Catalan club achieved a record 31st King’s Cup victory, defeating Athletic Club 4-0 in the final.

• Barcelona failed last season to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time since 2006/07, and lost against Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16 (1-4, 1-1). This year he scored only two goals – both in the 1-0 victory over Dynamo Kyiv – and finished third behind Bayern (0-3, 0-3) and Benfica (0-3, 0-0) in Group E. Ronald Koeman was sent off in October He was replaced the following month by former midfielder Xavi Hernandez.

• While this is Barcelona’s first season in the UEFA Europa League, their last UEFA Cup appearance was in 2003/04, when they reached the fourth round before being knocked out by Celtic (0-1, 0-0). Barcelona has never won the European Cup, never reached a final, and suffered eliminations in the semi-finals on four occasions – in 1975/76, 1977/78, 1995/96 and 2000/2001. His record in the quarter-finals of the competition is 4 playoffs and 3 eliminations. In all of the 38 quarter-final matches played at UEFA, Barcelona have won 25 times, but they have won only once the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

• Barcelona has remained silent in four of the last seven European matches at home, winning only three times, all with three goals. However, the Blaugrana remained unbeaten in their last ten matches in the European Cup and European League at Camp Nou (W5 D5), and kept six clean sheets. The last visiting team to win at this UEFA Cup stadium was Germany, with Bayern winning 2-1 in the 1995/96 semi-final second leg to take a 4-3 aggregate win.

• Barcelona qualified in 22 out of 27 after being tied in the first leg away in the UEFA competition, the last of which was against Napoli in the round of 16 of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League (1-1 away, 3-1 at home). They tied 13 back and forth 11 and qualified 11 in this scenario; Their last exit was after a 1-1 away draw in the 2002/03 Champions League quarter-final against Juventus (1-2 at home).

Eintracht
• After missing the European matches in 2020/21, Eintracht returned to participate in the group stage for the third time in the European League in four seasons – and the fourth in general – thanks to its fifth place in the German League. Last summer, he replaced coach Adi Hütter with Austrian Oliver Glasner, who was in charge of fourth-placed Wolfsburg last season.

• Eintracht qualified for the Europa League knockout stage in all of its four group stage matches, including reaching the semi-finals in 2018/19, where they were only denied a place in the final by losing on penalties against the eventual winners. Chelsea. The Germans won all six of their games that season – the only German club to do so – but they have won only three this year, two over Olympiacos (3-1, 2-1) and one over Antwerp (1-0), in plus three. Draws – 2-2 at home against Antwerp and 1-1 in both matches against Fenerbahce.

• The 1979/80 UEFA Cup winners qualified for the European League quarter-finals for the second time. They beat Benfica at this stage in 2018/19, winning away goals after losing 2-4 in Lisbon and winning 2-0 at home.

• The victory over Betis in Seville was one of only two in the last eight matches away from Eintracht in the knockout stage of the European League, a period in which they also tied by four. After winning three wins and one draw on their trips to Europe this season, the German club’s total away record in the competition is now 11 wins, 5 draws and 4 defeats.

• Frankfurt have qualified only once out of five after drawing, first-leg in the UEFA competition, against Inter in the Round of 16 of the 2018/19 UEFA Europa League (0-0 at home, 1-0 away). Their last exit in this scenario came after two 1-1 draws with Chelsea and a 4-3 penalty shootout defeat at Stamford Bridge. The German club’s only other draw in its 1994-95 quarter-final first leg is against Juventus, who won 3-0 in the second leg in Turin.

We know each other…

• Kevin Trapp (Frankfurt) and Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona) participated in 49 matches in the European Club Competition.

• Goalkeepers Trapp and Marc-Andre ter Stegen were crowned at the international level by Germany. Ter Stegen joined FC Barcelona in 2014 after four seasons in the Bundesliga with Borussia Mönchengladbach.

• Dutchman Sam Lammers (Eintracht) and Luke de Jong (Barcelona) are former PSV teammates (2016-19). De Jong was a player for Mönchengladbach in the 2012/13 season, with two of his six Bundesliga goals capturing victories over Eintracht – 2-0 at home and 1-0 away.

• Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s goal for Barcelona at Galatasaray in the Round of 16 was his 24th goal in the UEFA Europa League, from the group stage to the final, placing him third in the all-time top scorer in the competition, and tied with Monas Dabur and just behind him. Radamel Falcao (30) and Aritz Aduriz (26).

• Aubameyang was a Borussia Dortmund player from July 2013 to January 2018, scoring 141 goals in 213 matches. He scored six goals and provided assists against Frankfurt in nine matches in the German League, and also scored the winning penalty kick in the 2016/17 German Cup Final (2-1).

• Aubameyang also scored against Frankfurt for Arsenal in each of the group matches in the European League in 2019/20 (3-0, 1-2), as Daichi Kamada scored twice for the German team during the second meeting.

• French Barcelona striker Ousmane Dembele played alongside Aubameyang – and Frankfurt player Sebastian Ruud – in Dortmund in 2016/17, and scored 6 goals in 32 matches in the German League.

• Colombian Eintracht striker Rafael Boré spent the 2016/17 season on loan to Villarreal from Spanish club Atletico Madrid, with whom he never participated in the first team.

• Jesper Lindstrøm (Eintracht) and Martin Braithwaite (Barcelona) are both Danish internationals.

• Frankfurt is the only club in this season’s Europa League quarter-final that has previously won the title, in its case under the former UEFA Cup (1980), while Barcelona is the only previous European Cup/Champions League winner present in the quarters.

• Barcelona is the 224th team to participate in the UEFA Europa League, from the group stage to the final, and the thirteenth team from Spain.

• Barcelona is one of two domestic cup holders in the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals – along with Braga.

• Germany is the only country that has more than one club in the quarter-finals – Eintracht and Leipzig. This is the first time since 2011/12 that two Bundesliga teams have reached this stage in the tournament. No German team has ever won the European League.

• The qualifiers will face West Ham or Lyon in the semi-finals.

On penalties in the UEFA competition

• Barcelona: 5 qualifiers, 1 elimination
5-4 against Alkmaar, 1977/78 UEFA Cup Second Round
3-1 vs Ipswich Town, 1977/78 UEFA Cup third round
4-1 vs Anderlecht, 1978/79 European Cup Winners’ Cup second round
5-4 against IFK Gothenburg, 1985/86 Champions Cup semi-finals
0-2 vs Steaua Bucharesti, Champions Cup Final 1985/86
5-4 vs. Lech Poznan, 1988/89 European Cup Winners’ Cup second round

• Eintracht: 0 qualifications, 2 eliminations
4-5 against Salzburg, UEFA Cup quarter-finals 1993/1994
3-4 vs Chelsea, 2018/19 UEFA Europa League semi-final

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