Barça-Eintracht (Europa League)
Barcelona can start plotting their route to the Europa League final after learning which teams were preventing them from reaching the Sevilla showpiece.
Xavi’s side are set to face Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt in the quarter-finalsbefore the winner of this meeting faces West Ham or Lyon in the semi-finals.
This competition represents the last realistic chance for Barcelona to end the season with silverware, given that they are out of the Copa del Rey and trail Real Madrid by 15 points in La Liga.
Head coach Xavi was appointed in November, taking over from Ronald Koeman, and his side edged out Galatasaray in the round of 16 as goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Pedri secured a 2-1 victory in the second leg at Istanbul after a scoreless first leg.
Eintracht booked their place in the round of 16 by overcoming another Spanish side, Real Betis, Thursday. It took a 120th-minute own goal from Guido Rodriguez to secure a 1-1 draw on the night and a 3-2 aggregate success for Eintracht, who won the UEFA Cup in 1980 but cannot equal Barcelona’s European heritage.
Barcelona have won the European Cup or the Champions League five times, but they never lifted the UEFA Cup or Europa League trophy.