Barcelona will face Eintracht Frankfurt within the Europa League quarterfinals.© AFP
Barcelona beget been drawn to play Eintracht Frankfurt within the quarter-finals of this season’s Europa League on Friday, while West Ham United will desire on Lyon. Appearing in Europe’s 2nd-tier club competition for the first time since 2004 following their exit from the Champions League within the team stage, Barcelona qualified for the quarter-finals by beating Galatasaray of Turkey 2-1 on combination. Xavi Hernandez’s aspect are unbeaten of their final 11 games and are third in La Liga going into Sunday’s Clasico away to Accurate Madrid.
Eintracht beat Accurate Betis in time past regulation on Thursday to transfer by and must be at home within the first leg on April 7, with the return at the Camp Nou on April 14.
Frankfurt won the UEFA Cup, the Europa League’s predecessor, in 1980. They reached the semi-finals in 2019 sooner than shedding to eventual winners Chelsea.
West Ham beat document six-time winners Sevilla, hosts of this season’s final, within the final 16 and must be at home to skilled European campaigners Lyon sooner than going to France for the return.
Sixth within the Premier League, West Ham are by to their first European quarter-final since 1981.
In the occasion that they seize it, they will face either Barcelona or Eintracht within the semi-finals, the first legs of that are dwelling for April 28.
West Ham beat the German aspect within the semi-finals of the now-defunct Cup Winners’ Cup in 1976 sooner than shedding the final to Anderlecht.
Meanwhile, Rangers’ reward for beating Crimson Extensive name Belgrade within the final 16 is a tie towards Portuguese club Braga, on paper the right tie they’d well additionally merely beget hoped for.
The Scottish giants beat the identical opponents within the final 32 two years within the past. The first leg will most likely be conducted in northern Portugal.
The winner of that tie will growth to a semi-final towards either Atalanta or RB Leipzig, who bought a bye within the final 16 after would-be competitors Spartak Moscow beget been banned from Europe following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The final will most likely be conducted at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on Could perhaps 18.
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