Eintracht Frankfurt joined Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig in the UEFA Europa League quarter-final draw, thanks to a last-minute extra-time win over Spain’s Real Betis.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Real Betis (agg: 3-2, Frankfurt win after extra time)
Goals: 0-1 Iglesias (assist: Fekir) 90', 1-1 Rodriguez (assist: Kostic) 120'+1
Defending a 2-1 lead from the first leg in Spain, but with away goals a thing of the past, Frankfurt survived a couple of early scares as Miranda blazed over and had another effort charged down. Eintracht’s response was almost emphatic, but Borussia Dortmund loanee Ansgar Knauff’s drive from inside the area came back off the crossbar. Rafael Santos Borre missed a sitter late in the first half, though his blushes would have been saved by a late offside flag.
The hero of Frankfurt’s run to the 2018/19 semi-finals, Martin Hinteregger came up with a big block to deny Joaquin soon after the restart. Kevin Trapp then pulled off a sensational diving save to thwart Juanmi, but not before Filip Kostic had thundered a free-kick against the woodwork. Substitute Borja Iglesias fluffed his lines from eight yards out, only to atone with a 90th-minute tie leveller. Betis hit the crossbar in extra-time, but the Eagles won through at the last as Guido Rodriguez inadvertently turned in Kostic's 121st-minute free-kick.
- Frankfurt last reached the Europa League quarter-finals in 2018/19, beating Benfica on away goals on their way to the semis.
- Six of the starting line-up against Betis were involved in that fary-tale run.
- Eintracht won the competition under its former UEFA Cup guise, in 1980.
- They beat Borussia Mönchengladbach on away goals in the 1980 final, and could face Bundesliga club Leipzig in the last eight of this season's tournament.
- Kamada is Frankfurt’s top scorer in Europe this season with four goals. He’s also the highest scoring Japanese player in UEFA Cup/Europa League history with 10 in 18 games.
- Frankfurt extended their unbeaten run against Spanish opposition to seven games.
Frankfurt: Trapp (c) - Tuta, Hinteregger, N'Dicka - Knauff, Sow (Rode 104'), Jakic, Kostic - Lindstrom (Lammers 84'), Kamada (Hauge 66') - Borre (Paciencia 83')
Unused subs: Grahl, Hrustic, Toure, Hasebe, Chandler, Lenz, Barkok
Out: Ache (hamstring), Durm (ineligible), Ilsanker (ineligible), Ramaj (knee), da Costa (pelvis)
Coach: Oliver Glasner
Betis: Silva - Sabaly, Pezzella, Bartra, Miranda (Juanmi 46') - Rodriguez, Canales (William Carvalho 66') - Joaquin (c) (Lainez 66'), Fekir (Rodri 110'), Ruibal - Willian Jose (Borja Iglesias 78')
Unused subs: Robles, Bravo, Gonzalez, Ruiz, Bellerin
Out: Akouokou (ineligible), Montoya (Achilles)
Coach: Manuel Pellegrini
As it happened!
Decisive goal given as an O.G.UEFA's website shows that it was Guido Rodriguez who got the crucial touch on the ball to send Kostic's free kick past his own 'keeper. That most certainly doesn't change the aggregate score, however, with Die Adler advancing to the last eight by 3-2 on aggregate.
Amazing ending, congrats Eintracht
Would you honestly believe it? Sensational. Oliver Glasner is doing his best impression of an Eagle, arms spread wide as he races across the pitch. Just when we seemed all set for penalties, Hinteregger stooped to edge past the distraught Rui Silva, who really shouldn't have come for that, not that these home fans care. Frankfurt are into the last eight!
GOAL GOAL GOAL
SCENES ! Kostic lifts one very last free kick into the area and Hinteregger stoops to nod past the advancing keeper. Unbelievable ! The Eagles are going through !
GOAL!1 : 1
Hauge races into the Betis area but he's caught in two minds as to whether to shoot or pass and his indecision allows the visiting defenders in to clear.
Paciencia can't get any power behind a header from Jakic's inviting centre and Rui Silva is able to gather with ease. That was a decent chance for the hosts.
Ruibal sees yellow
Knauff powers down the wing and is upended by the tumbling Aitor Ruibal, who goes into the referee's notebook.
Betis hit the bar
So, so close for the visitors and it's Iglesias again in the right place at the right time after Lainez's shot was diverted into the the No. 9s path and his header bounces back off the upright.
We go again ...
The teams have 15 minutes to avoid a shootout.
Half time in extra time and it's tricky to see where a winner might come from here. Both sets of teams are out on their feet.
Hauge goes down in the Betis box with Pezzella in close attendance. Nothing doing, says the ref.
Lindstrom stretches to try and control a long ball on the right, but the Dane can't quite keep that under control. Some weary legs out there, unsurprisingly.
Kostic and Lainez clash down by the touchline and several players from both sides get involved. The referee breaks it up and we're underway once more.
Extra time underway
Frankfurt get the ball rolling in the first period of extra time. Are we to have a winner in the next 30 minutes or will we go all the way to penalties?
Extra time !
Amazing. Just when it looked like Frankfurt had done enough, Betis pop up at the death to send this game into extra time. We'll have 30 extra minutes to decide who goes through to the quarter finals.
Goal ! Iglesias
Borja Iglesias gets to the near post and converts Fekir's cross from the left ! Betis have done it right at the death. The men in green and white go wild.
Iglesias off target
Borja Iglesias lashes over from eight yards and out on the touchline, Betis coach Manuel Pellegrini slaps his hands atop his head. A huge chance for the visitors.
The stats show a combined total of 24 efforts on goal, Eintracht leading with 15 to Betis's nine. Still no goals thus far, though.
Time running out
Kevin Trapp takes his time over a goal kick. As things stand, the Bundesliga side are ten minutes away from reaching the Europa League quarter finals.
Kostic closestFilip Kostic's free kick from the right that found Rui Silva's right-hand post is the closest we've come to a goal in the second half.
Pezzella sees yellow
Pezzella upends Hauge and the Betis man is booked.
Super Trapp !
What a save from Kevin Trapp who denies Juanmi with a wonderful, flying one-handed stop. Top class.
Kostic hits the post
So, so close again for Eintracht, who have now hit the woodwork twice in this second leg, Kostic the latest to hit the frame of the goal with a free kick.
Eintracht eyeing progressFrankfurt have been victorious in all eight of their previous European ties in which they have won the first leg away from home. The Eagles are edging closer to extending that impressive run.
Hinteregger stands strong
Joaquin somehow squeezes through a gap but the Betis captain's shot is well blocked by the sliding Hinteregger. Great defending.
Fekir's corner creates some danger and Sabaly eventually gets a shot at goals which is deflected wide. Juanmi heads over from the subsequent corner.
Second half is GO !
We're back underway in Frankfurt. Betis make a change with Pellegrini throwing Juanmi into the mix, Miranda the player to make way.
All square at the break
Eintracht came closest to scoring in the opening 45 minutes, with Knauff very unlucky to find the woodwork after being played in by Sow. Oliver Glasner will be more than satisfied with Eintracht's efforts in that half. The Eagles maintain their 2-1 aggregate advantage.
Borre let off
Frankfurt fans have heads in hands as Borre diverts one wide when all on his own in front of the target. It's just as well for the Colombian forward that there was an offside flag up in the build up. That was a hell of a chance.
Miranda ok to continue
Miranda - previously down receiving treatment following a bang to the head - is back into the action following a brief scare.
Die Adler in controlEintracht are unbeaten in their last six games against Spanish opposition and Betis will need to redouble their efforts if they are to trouble Die Adler, who are bossing this game right now.
Willian José off target
Sabaly menaces down the right and wins Betis a corner. From the subsequent set-piece, Willian José sends a header over the top.
Tense encounterImpossible to predict which way this game will go. Betis opened the stronger of the two sides but Frankfurt have since found their confidence and are looking dangerous in attack.
The men in black look to have finally found their rhythm and are beginning to build some nice attacks. Sow lashes a low shot into the arms of goalkeeper Rui Silva from the edge of the area.
Off the bar !!!
A sudden burst forward from the Eagles ends with Sow threading a superb pass through for Knauff who prods a high shot goalwards and is left crestfallen as his effort cannons off the crossbar.
Verdiblancos edging it
The visitors are looking ever more sharper in attack as they take a foothold of this second leg. Miranda has a swipe at goal but his shot is defected away. Coach Glasner is calling for calm from the Eintracht bench.
First chance Betis
Loose defending from Frankfurt allows Joaquin plenty of space to cut back for Miranda, who blasts over the top.
The home fans are making plenty of noise as both teams size each other up in the opening stages.
Game on !
The ball is rolling in Frankfurt as the hosts look to make it through to the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals.
It's almost time
So, we're all set for what is only the second meeting between these teams in European competition. Lest we forget, Eintracht lead 2-1 on aggregate thanks to goals from Filip Kostić and Daichi Kamada in the first leg.
Betis going for it
An understandably attacking line-up from the visitors, given the circumstances. Sergio Canales is going to play as a nominal defensive midfielder with license to roam while Joaquin comes in to captain the side. William Carvalho drops to the bench.
As you were for Frankfurt
Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner was sufficiently happy with what he saw in last weekend's 2-1 win against Bochum as the Eagles start with the same XI tonight to that which began their successful Bundesliga encounter on Sunday.
Robles, Bravo, Gonzalez, Ruiz, Juanmi, Iglesias, Carvalho, Belerin, Lainez, Rodri
Betis starting XI
Silva - Sabaly, Pezzella, Bartra, Miranda - Rodriguez, Canales - Joaquin (c), Fekir, Ruibal - Willian Jose
Grahl, Hrustic, Lammers, Rode, Toure, Hasebe, Chandler, Hauge, Lenz, Barkok, Paciencia
Frankfurt starting XI
Trapp (c) - Tuta, Hinteregger, N'Dicka - Knauff, Sow, Jakic, Kostic - Lindstrom, Kamada - Borre
Pellegrini calls for big effort
Real Betis coach, Manuel Pellegrini, says his La Liga side will give everything they've got to turn this tie around as they start 2-1 behind on aggregate. "We'll try from the very start, convinced that we are capable but that's something you have to prove throughout the 90 minutes," the Chilean noted.
Eintracht fans set to make some noise
"We want to offer the Eintracht fans inside the stadium a great Europa League evening," Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner said in the lead up to tonight's game. "We're looking forward to a half-full stadium with 25,000 fans at Deutsche Bank Park, and that was after we had 4,000 with us in Seville (in the first leg)" the tactician added.
In Trapp Frankfurt trust
Eintracht's goalkeeper shared some interesting thoughts on how he sees tonight's second leg, saying, "When we deliver in a way that makes us strong on the pitch, we're hard to beat. It's all about progressing now and, in the final analysis, we have this [tie] in our own hands. We have to trust ourselves. If we do that, then it doesn't matter how the opponent performs."
Welcome along !
We're all set for tonight's BIG UEFA Europa League, Round of 16 second leg between Eintracht and Betis. The hosts hold a 2-1 advantage from the first leg and are in prime position to advance to the competition's last eight.