Europa and Conference League results, On a Thursday slate that was everything but dull, goals were hard to come by in the opening legs of the Europa League quarterfinals, but red cards and drama were everywhere. The highlight was Eintracht Frankfurt’s 1-1 tie with Barcelona at home, in which the hosts managed 16 shots while losing the possession war. Ansgar Knauff’s goal shortly after half-time was canceled out by Ferran Torres, who scored after a wonderful build-up. The encounter might have been a watershed moment for Frankfurt, but Tutu’s expulsion in the 78th minute ensured they’d have to cling on for dear life in the closing minutes.
Europa League scores
RB Leipzig 1, Atalanta 1
West Ham 1, Lyon 1
Eintracht Frankfurt 1, Barcelona 1
Braga 1, Rangers 0
Conference League scores
Feyenoord 3, Slavia Prague 3
Marseille 2, PAOK 1
Bodo/Glimt 2, AS Roma 1
Leicester City 0, PSV Eindhoven 0
Barcelona, like Galatasaray in the round of 16-second leg, will have a lot of work ahead of them, but they’ll be confident coming to Camp Nou while still in the tie. Bodo/Glimt has officially become Roma’s nightmare team, speaking of work to be done. Hugo Veltesen, who had previously beaten Jose Mourinho’s team twice in the Europa Conference League group stage, was once again the spoiler, scoring in the 89th minute for the home triumph.
Roma fared well in the first half, with Lorenzo Pellegrini scoring just before halftime, but Ulrik Saltnes wiped it out in the 56th minute. You never know what to expect from Roma these days, which adds to the allure of their games. And it’s difficult to call this an upset when the upstart club hasn’t lost to you three times.
West Ham also battled in their 1-1 draw with Lyon, although David Moyes will probably be pleased with the result given the circumstances. Aaron Creswell received a straight red card for a dangerous challenge in which he was adjudged to have hauled down Moussa Dembele.
While the contact was minor and it was difficult to argue that it was a clear rejection of a goal-scoring opportunity, these are judgments that must be left to the referees.
Jarrod Bowen scored the first goal for West Ham in the 52nd minute after Pablo Fornals intercepted Gusto’s pass. The subsequent deflection was just enough to bring the ball to Bowen, who essentially rolled it into the net.
West Ham would not be able to maintain their advantage, as Tanguy Ndombele scored on his former London rivals after Tete’s attempt was blocked. While Creswell will be unavailable for the second leg in France, West Ham has proved that they can never be counted out of a game.