Frankfurt fans raid Barcelona’s Nou Camp home seats for Europa League tie

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Barcelona were forced to play in front of a hostile crowd in their Europa League tie against Eintracht Frankfurt, despite being at home.

Reports suggest 30,000 Eintracht Frankfurt fans made the trip to Catalunya for the quarter-final match-up, and it was obvious that many of them were able to get tickets. Despite the away allocation selling out, thousands of Frankfurt shirts could be seen around the Nou Camp seating bowl.

Those fans were treated to the best possible start, too, as the German side took the lead just 3 minutes into the match to take a 2-1 aggregate lead. Eric Garcia brought down Jesper Lindstrom inside the six-yard box, with Filip Kostic firing his penalty home.

If there was any doubt about the number of away fans in attendance at the start of the game, the roar when Kostic dispatched his penalty proved otherwise. The stadium erupted as if a Blaugrana player had scored rather than an away player.

An hour before the match kicked off, videos on social media showed away fans dotted around the stadium singing and dancing in support of their side. Further videos earlier in the day had showed the supporters making their way through the streets of Barcelona enjoying their day out.

Frankfurt had just 5,000 fans in the away end, which sold out quickly after going on sale. After that sell-out, Barcelona chiefs had reportedly feared they would face being the away side in their own stadium, despite the 98,000 capacity.

Barcelona went into the game as heavy favourites after securing a 1-1 draw in the first leg last week, and were expected to go through to the final four, where West Ham could await. The Hammers travelled to France to face Lyon after a 1-1 draw of their own in the first leg.

The Europa League is one of the few trophies Barcelona haven't won, but head coach Xavi is determined to change that. Speaking before the game, he said: "[Winning the Europa League] wasn't an objective at the start of the season, because we wanted to win the Champions League. But the circumstances brought us here.

"This is a different competition. Perhaps not as valued as the Champions League but it is a European competition and one that we are looking forward to winning. The team is very motivated and prepared."

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