Martin Hinteregger’s last-gasp equaliser helped Eintracht Frankfurt to a 1-1 draw after extra-time to advance into the UEFA Europa League quarterfinals after edging Actual Betis 2-1 on combination, whereas Bayer Leverkusen had been eradicated by Atalanta 1-0 (4-2 on combination) within the spherical of 16.
Frankfurt began the conflict on Thursday night time understanding that Betis would want one purpose for extra-time and at the least two to progress into the subsequent spherical.
The hosts wanted solely 14 minutes to create the primary clear-cut alternative of the match, as Ansgar Knauff rattled the bar following a through-ball from Djibril Sow, Xinhua stories.
Betis lacked in penetration and posed no risk for Eintracht goalkeeper Kevin Trapp within the first 45 minutes, whereas Rafael Santos Borre’s shot from a promising place was dominated offside in closing phases of the primary half.
After the break, Frankfurt remained on the entrance foot and will have opened the scoring, however Filip Kostic’s free-kick hit the crossbar within the 63rd minute.
Betis nearly shocked the Eagles in opposition to the circulate of the match as Trapp needed to tip Juan Miguel Jimenez Lopez’s harmful header across the submit two minutes later.
It was a warning because the guests from Spain shocked Frankfurt within the dying seconds after substitute Borja Iglesias completed off Nabil Fekir’s good build-up work, forcing the hosts into extra-time.
Either side had been exhausted however Betis almost doubled their benefit within the 109th minute when Borja Iglesias headed onto the bar.
Nevertheless, Frankfurt had the final chortle as Hinteregger deflected a free-kick cross together with his proper shoulder previous Betis keeper Rui Silva within the final minute to attain the successful purpose.
“We’re relieved after all. What an unbelievable sport we’ve got seen. We conceded a really late purpose and had been shocked however we recovered in extra-time and fought again to ebook a spot within the subsequent spherical,” stated Frankfurt head coach Oliver Glasner.
Elsewhere, Atalanta additionally advance into the quarterfinals for the primary time within the membership’s historical past after Jeremie Boga’s last-gasp purpose edged hosts Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 (4-2 on combination). Leverkusen performed offensively minded however couldn’t end its possibilities and overturn the 3-2 loss at Bergamo.