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Barcelona corrected at home and eliminated, Nkunku propels Leipzig to the semi-finals … What to remember from the quarter-finals return

While Lyon suffered the harsh law of West Ham (3-0) in the return quarter-final of the Europa League, Marseille on the other hand shone and won their ticket for the semi-finals of the Europa League conference on Thursday April 14. Big disappointment for FC Barcelona, ​​eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League, which fell (3-2) at home in the quarter-finals of the Europa League. For its part, RB Leipzig qualified thanks to a great night Christopher Nkunku, author of a double. Here is what to remember from the matches of the European evening.

Christopher Nkunku climbs another step

He was the king of the evening. French Christopher Nkunku scored twice, including a penalty he won himself, against Atalanta on Thursday, allowing RB Leipzig to qualify for the semi-finals of the Europa League. It is his 30th goal in all competitions this season.

Beyond having allowed the qualification of his club, the Habs also made history by becoming the second greatest player from Leipzig to reach the bar of thirty achievements in a season since the rise of the team in the Bundesliga. during the 2019-2020 season, and Timo Werner (34 goals). And his season is not over.

Christopher Nkunku invites himself among the biggest artificers this season in becoming the 4th top scorer in the European Cup with 15 goals, behind Karim Benzema (18), Robert Lewandowski (17), Kylian Mbappe (16). Leipzig thus remains on a dynamic of 13 games without defeats in all competitions (9 wins, 4 draws). RB will face Rangers, who defeated Braga (3-1) after extra time.

FC Barcelona humiliated at home

FC Barcelona falls from above. After fifteen consecutive games without defeat in all competitions, the failure is painful for Barça. The Catalan club suffered the blow on Thursday at Camp Nou, with this defeat (3-2) in the quarter-final second leg of the Europa League against Eintracht Frankfurt. Jostled in the first leg (1-1), Xavi’s players failed to find the fault among the Germans.

Dominated throughout the match, Barça was led (3-0) approaching the last twenty minutes of the match. The two goals in added time with late goals from Sergio Busquets (90+1) and Memphis Depay (90+9) didn’t change anything.

Filip Kostic, author of a double in the 4th (penalty) and 67th minute, notably led the Germans into the last four to face West Ham, winner of Lyon. For Kevin Trapp, who almost stopped Depay’s penalty, this return to Camp Nou ends in a completely different way than during the comeback suffered in the goal of PSG, five years ago, in the Champions League. “Before you ask me, yes, what I experienced here in 2017 is well forgotten now.”said the former Parisian goalkeeper after his team qualified.

Leicester-AS Roma in the semi-final of the Europa League Conference

The meeting was however badly embarked, but Leicester turned the situation in its favor. Led by one goal by PSV Eindhoven in the quarter-final second leg, the English scored two goals in the final minutes. James Maddison in the 77th minute followed by Ricardo Pereira in the 88th were the players in this game.

After the 0-0 first leg, this victory (2-1) thus qualifies Leicester in the semi-final of the Europa League Conference. This is a first for the English club, which had never before reached this stage of the competition. Leicester, 9th in the Premier League, will face AS Roma, winner of Bodo Glimt in the semi-finals. Because Roma flew over Bodo / glimt (4-0), while Feyenoord dominated Slavia Prague (3-1) to find OM.

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