Barcelona will face Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League quarterfinals.© AFP
Barcelona were drawn to play Eintracht Frankfurt in the quarter-finals of this season’s Europa League on Friday, while West Ham United will determine on Lyon. Exhibiting in Europe’s 2nd-tier club competition for the first time since 2004 following their exit from the Champions League in the neighborhood stage, Barcelona qualified for the quarter-finals by beating Galatasaray of Turkey 2-1 on aggregate. Xavi Hernandez’s aspect are unbeaten of their final 11 video games and are third in La Liga going into Sunday’s Clasico away to True Madrid.
Eintracht beat True Betis in time past regulation on Thursday to battle through and may per chance per chance per chance very successfully be at home in the first leg on April 7, with the return on the Camp Nou on April 14.
Frankfurt gained the UEFA Cup, the Europa League’s predecessor, in 1980. They reached the semi-finals in 2019 sooner than dropping to eventual winners Chelsea.
West Ham beat memoir six-time winners Sevilla, hosts of this season’s final, in the final 16 and may per chance per chance per chance very successfully be at home to experienced European campaigners Lyon sooner than going to France for the return.
Sixth in the Premier League, West Ham are through to their first European quarter-final since 1981.
If they take hang of it, they may per chance per chance face both Barcelona or Eintracht in the semi-finals, the first legs of which may per chance per chance per chance be place for April 28.
West Ham beat the German aspect in the semi-finals of the now-defunct Cup Winners’ Cup in 1976 sooner than dropping the final to Anderlecht.
Within the period in-between, Rangers’ reward for beating Pink Monumental name Belgrade in the final 16 is a tie in opposition to Portuguese club Braga, on paper the true tie they may per chance per chance per chance moreover enjoy hoped for.
The Scottish giants beat the an identical opponents in the final 32 two years previously. The essential leg shall be performed in northern Portugal.
The winner of that tie will growth to a semi-final in opposition to both Atalanta or RB Leipzig, who got a bye in the final 16 after would-be opponents Spartak Moscow were banned from Europe following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The final shall be performed on the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on May per chance well well fair 18.
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