Eintracht Frankfurt entered the second leg against Betis Sevilla with a 2-1 lead from the first leg. Spain, which is fifth in the standings, has done well in La Liga and the Europa League so far and has given the Hessian players a tough battle right from the start.
It took a quarter of an hour before Frankfurt could place the first exclamation point. After a counterattack, Djibril Sow sent Ansgar Knauf a superb through ball, hitting the crossbar only (15 minutes). From that moment on, the home team dominated the match.
Although Eintracht put a lot of pressure on Betis before the break, Oliver Glasner’s team could not create any convincing chances to score and the score was 0-0 at the break.
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The second half started again with a good stage for the Seville guests. After a short time, however, aluminum is unlucky again for Frankfurt. Strong player Filip Kostić made a free kick from the right wing on the goal, which touched in fifth and then hit the crossbar (63).
On the other hand, substitute Juanmi tested Frankfurt player Kevin Trapp with a header, but the goalkeeper showed his level and kept his goal clean for the time being (65).
In the final stage, Betis attacked with Joker Borja Iglesias and the Spaniard should cause quite a stir. When Eintracht played mentally in the quarter-finals in the 90th minute, the strong defense slid down the left flank and enabled Nabil Fekir to cross in the middle. The same Iglesias was there and pushed to make Betis 1-0 (90th place), which meant extra time.
Both teams watched each other during overtime, and neither team wanted to risk making a mistake. Hess was clearly shocked by the late goal of the Spaniards, especially in the first half. Betis also did not invest much in the match, but he almost went for the second trick through Iglesias.
After a single shot from Juanmi and his end, the skewed ball landed in the far right corner of Iglesias. But this time he was not lucky either, I saw him bounced off the crossbar to the inside of the field (110′).
When the penalty shootout was imminent, referee Michael Oliver awarded Eintracht another free kick from the left wing in the 120th minute. Philip Kostic was executed and a cross was found on Martin Hinterger’s head who somehow hit the ball past goalkeeper Rui Silva and into the net.
It’s a real thrilling football game with a well-deserved lead for Eintracht Frankfurt.
Oliver Glasner (Eintracht Frankfurt coach): “In the 119th minute I was already thinking about the penalty shootout. What happened next was amazing, you had the feeling that the whole stadium wanted to celebrate on the pitch! We were actually under control beforehand, but in the end we were losing a little bit.”
Manuel Pellegrini (Real Betis coach): “Of course it is very emotional when you score a goal yourself in the last minute of normal time and then concede in the last minute. But this is football and that is why it is the most popular sport in the world. I am proud of the team, we did not miss it today, but unfortunately in earlier in the first leg.”
Kevin Trapp (Eintracht Frankfurt): “The Europa League has become a specialty for us. You can feel it again in the stadium today. 25,000 fans felt like 50,000! We showed that we can challenge the big teams. We are in the Europa League unbeaten this season, so why not make it to the final?”
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