Europa League draw pits Barcelona against Frankfurt

Europa League draw pits Barcelona against Frankfurt

Europa League draw has pitted Barcelona against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Eintracht Frankfurt, the only club left in the competition to have won the Europa League, will be facing the tournament favorites Barcelona on 8th of April (PKT) at home in the first leg before travelling to Camp Nou for the second leg on 15th of April (PKT).

Barcelona made their way into the quarterfinals after overcoming Galatasaray while Frankfurt needed extra time to beat Real Betis 3-2 on aggregate. Frankfurt won the UEFA Cup, the Europa League’s predecessor, in 1980. They reached the semi-finals in 2019 before losing to eventual winners Chelsea.

Europa League draw also put West Ham, who beat record six-time winners Sevilla in the last 16, at home to experienced European campaigners Lyon before. West Ham are through to their first European quarter-final since 1981.

If they win it, they will face either Barcelona or Eintracht in the semi-finals, the first legs of which are set for April 28th.

Rangers who Red Star Belgrade in the last 16 will face the Portuguese club Braga, on paper the best tie any team could have hoped for. The Scottish giants beat the same opponents in the last 32 two years ago. The first leg will be played in northern Portugal.

The winner of that tie will progress to a semi-final against either Atalanta or RB Leipzig, who received a bye in the last 16 after would-be rivals Spartak Moscow were banned from Europe following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The final will be played at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium in Seville on May 18th.