A goal from Ferrán Torres, pure Tiki-Taka, saved a draw for Barcelona against Eintracht Frankfurt that he had gone ahead with a great goal from Ansgar Knauff and that in the first half he had had the Catalan team on the ropes at the point of intensity and physical display.
As in the old days: Barcelona, led by Ferran, scored a great goal with pure Tiki-Taka [Video]
The first situation worth mentioning was an opportunity for Barcelona with a shot from outside the area by Ferrán Torres which forced Kevin Trapp to yield to a corner kick with a good save.
However, after Barcelona began to suffer throughout the first half. Eintracht, at the point of intensity and strength, managed to put the game on their ground.
Barcelona had more of the ball but had no control or arrival and Eintracht launched quick attacks after each recovery of the ball, bringing danger to Marc André Ter Stegen’s goal.
In the 10th minute, Gavi had to deflect to a corner before a good cross from Filip Kostic from the left. Barcelona only came back in minute 17, in a fortuitous play that began with a poor clearance by Martin Hinteregger that hit Ferrán Torres and the ball fell at the feet of Pierre Emerick Aubameyang who finished off against the outside net.
However, Eintracht continued to be more dangerous and dictating the game, sometimes going to the limit of the regulations.
In minute 28, in another counterattack, Sergio Busquets saved against Rafael Borré in the small area. The central referee, Serbian Srdjan Jovanovic, initially sanctioned a penalty but it was corrected after reviewing VAR footage showing that Busquets had touched the ball first.
The statistics sheet at the end of the first half gave two pieces of information that said a lot about how the game had developed: Barcelona had 64 percent possession of the ball, but had only shot twice towards the goal against eight of the Eintracht.
Already in the second half, in the 48th minute, Eintracht went ahead with Ansgar Knauf’s shot into the top corner from outside the box taking advantage of a rebound after a corner. Shortly after, Eintracht had the opportunity for the second at the feet of Lindström. The tone of the game continued to be that of the first half.
Eintracht, after the advantage, fell back a bit but the counterattacks were still dangerous.
In minute 62 Xavi Hernández moved the bench. Gavi, who was having trouble with intensity on split balls, gave way to Frenkie de Jong, who was key in Barcelona’s draw, and Adama to Ousmane Dembelé.
Dembelé started the tie play. He put the ball in the area for Ferran who scored behind a wall with De Jong. The two new ones responded immediately.
In addition to the tie, the game seemed to have a twist. Barcelona began to gain in security and Eintracht began to show physical wear.
In many divided balls, Barcelona began to be the team that arrived a moment earlier and Eintracht closed the spaces less.
In ’79, Eintracht was left with ten men due to Tuta’s expulsionwho saw his second yellow card for a foul against Pedri.
From then on, everything seemed to have served Barcelona, who monopolized the ball and combined close to the area although he continued to have problems generating clear arrivals.
In the end, Eintracht listened gratefully to the final whistle, although the missed chances in the first half surely left a bittersweet taste.
Barcelona, meanwhile, despite the problems it went through, had more to come and is now in a position to settle the tie at the Camp Nou.