Although last weekend was already on top in the competition against Levante and although the first leg ended in a 1-1 draw, Barcelona were still the favorites at the Camp Nou.
But the 15-match unbeaten streak came under fire a few minutes later, and not by chance in a European home match: Kostik led Frankfurt with a penalty.
The hosts were given the ball, of course, afterwards (they had 69 percent possession before the break), but the German guests – shot by the particularly boisterous fans – were very sharp in the transition period.
After 37 minutes, Puri completely silenced the hearts of Catalans: his cruise missile left Ter Stegen without a chance.
With a much-needed foot wipe, the German goalkeeper gave his side a lifeline an hour before a new German reacted very sharply, in a corner kick by Kostic who had no story soon after.
Rimontada was out of the question, although things were still chasing for a while when Busquets fired 1-3 into the goal and Depay managed to convert a penalty after 11 minutes of extra time in an urgent and chaotic final stage.
There was no further start, which put Frankfurt off, which, however, did not steal qualification with a perfect plan.
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