Europa League quarter-final roundup
The Europa League quarter-finals threw up some very interesting, nail-biting, high-intensity matchups.
And when all was said and done, RB Leipzig, Eintracht Frankfurt, West Ham and Rangers booked their spots in the quarter-finals after seeing off Atalanta, Barcelona, Lyon and Braga.
Frankfurt will face West Ham in the semis, whilst RB Leipzig take on Rangers.
Upset of the round: Eintracht Frankfurt knock out Barcelona
Of all the quarter-final ties, Barcelona vs Eintracht Frankfurt looked the easiest to predict.
Barcelona have been transformed under Xavi Hernandez and their new-found form has pulled them from a potential Europa League place to up to second in La Liga.
Frankfurt, meanwhile, were languishing in midtable in the Bundesliga and conceding goals for fun. As a result, almost everyone expected Barcelona to ease past the German side. However, it was Frankfurt who went through to the semi-finals by an aggregate score of 4-3.
Game of the quarter-final: Barcelona 2-Eintracht Frankfurt 3
Barcelona and Frankfurt’s second leg meeting had absolutely everything; late drama that saw Xavi and co. threaten a comeback, a sending off, high-octane football and some simply spectacular goals from both sides on the day.
Neutrals could not have asked for a better matchup.
Tweet of the round
Declan Rice mocks Lyon’s Twitter admin:
This aged well😂👍 https://t.co/oYNOAE4DzK
— Declan Rice (@_DeclanRice) April 14, 2022
Goal of the round
We will once again go back to Barcelona’s tie with Frankfurt as over the two legs, both sides produced some simply sensational goals.
Ansgar Knauff’s opener in the first leg is very much worth a mention, as is Rafael Borre’s strike for the German powerhouse in the second leg.
However, it was Sergio Busquets’ long-range effort in the 91st minute of the second meeting that was arguably the goal of the round.
Sergio Busquets! 😳
Quality strike from outside the box! 🔥
Is there enough time after all? #UEL pic.twitter.com/fy2gHrf5Yt
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 14, 2022
Semi-final tie to watch: West Ham vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Rangers go into their tie with RB Leipzig as serious underdogs. So, West Ham and Frankfurt, who have both produced high-scoring, entertaining g matches this season, should be well worth the watch.
What the odds say
For all the latest Europa League odds, check out this link.
RB Leipzig are the current favourites to lift the trophy at 6/5 with bet365, whilst West Ham are currently available to be backed at odds of 2/1.
Both Eintracht Frankfurt (5/1) and Rangers (6/1) are clear outsiders to win the competition.