Barcelona were forced to settle for a draw in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Xavi Hernandez’s men had to come from behind to secure the draw and will have to produce a winning performance back in Catalonia to progress to the semi-finals.
Barca got off to a far from ideal start in Germany, with Gerard Pique limping off with what appeared to be an adductor injury in the 27th minute.
Frankfurt produced a solid first half and got their reward three minutes after half-time when Ansgar Knauff put the home side in front.
¡QUÉ BOMBA! 🚀 Ansgar Knauff (20|🇩🇪) la agarró de llena y venció la estirada de Ter Stegen en la ida de los CUARTOS de la #UEL.
Fiesta total del Eintracht Frankfurt en casa. Los de Oliver Glasner quieren dar el BATACAZO ante el Barcelona de Xavi.
— Express Futbol (@ExpressFutbolCL) April 7, 2022
Barca responded well, but the were forced to come up with something special to undo a tight Frankfurt side.
Some brilliant link-up play between Ferran Torres and Frenkie de Jong saw Barca equalise in the 66th minute.
This Move By Dembele While Creating The Chance That Led To The Barca Goal Further Backs My Argument That — He's The Only One Who Actually Learned The Most From Messi.
A Typical Messi Move…pic.twitter.com/BX386IcZaV
— Alan (@Harbiodinho) April 7, 2022
After a neat one-two, Torres slotted the ball home with a neat finish across his body. Frankfurt went on to have a man sent off when Tuta received a second yellow card in the 78th minute But Barca couldn’t take full advantage and will return to Camp Nou on level terms ahead of next week’s