Europa League - Quarter-Final - 2nd Leg
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Eintracht Frankfurt win on away goals

From 4-1 down to Europa League semi-final - Frankfurt advance after thrilling tie

Eintracht Frankfurt players celebrate beating Benfica in the Europa League
Frankfurt have only lost one of their last 20 home matches in major European competition

Eintracht Frankfurt overturned a 4-2 first-leg deficit to defeat Benfica on the away goals rule and set up a Europa League semi-final with Chelsea.

Goals by Filip Kostic and Sebastian Rode sent the German club, who trailed 4-1 at one stage in the first leg, through to a first European semi-final in 39 years.

Valencia meet Arsenal after an aggregate 5-1 win over Villarreal.

The semi-final first legs take place on 2 May, with the return a week later.

Frankfurt fly Germany's flag in Europe

Frankfurt are enjoying a fine season under Austrian Adi Hutter, who only took over last summer.

Fourth in the Bundesliga table, last season's German Cup winners can now look forward to a first semi-final in a European competition since beating German rivals Borussia Monchengladbach in the 1980 UEFA Cup final.

Benfica, finalists in 2013 and 2014, were largely toothless although it required a dramatic last-minute save by Kevin Trapp to deny the Portuguese leaders.

Trapp produced a fingertip stop to deflect a strike from Argentine winger Eduardo Salvio on to a post.

Valencia ease through against Villarreal

Leading 3-1 from the first leg, Valencia eased into the semi-finals after a 2-0 win over La Liga rivals Villarreal at the Mestalla.

Valencia's goals came from 21-year-old Toni Lato and former Real Madrid midfielder Dani Parejo.

Valencia's players celebrate scoring against Villarreal in the Europa League
Valencia are unbeaten in four matches against Villarreal this season, winning three

Valencia will face Arsenal, managed by their former manager Unai Emery, in the last four.

The first leg will take place at Emirates Stadium.

Line-ups

Frankfurt

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 31Trapp
  • 19AbrahamBooked at 74mins
  • 20Hasebe
  • 3FaletteBooked at 78minsSubstituted forWillemsat 90+2'minutes
  • 24da Costa
  • 5Fernandes
  • 17RodeSubstituted forTorróat 86'minutes
  • 10Kostic
  • 11Gacinovic
  • 8JovicSubstituted forMendes Paciênciaat 76'minutes
  • 4RebicBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 1Rönnow
  • 6de Guzmán
  • 15Willems
  • 16Torró
  • 22Chandler
  • 23Russ
  • 39Mendes Paciência

Benfica

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 99Vlachodimos
  • 34Magalhães de AlmeidaSubstituted forGonçalves Oliveiraat 79'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 6Rúben Dias
  • 33Nivaldo Vieira
  • 3Grimaldo
  • 5Fejsa
  • 22SamarisSubstituted forAfonso Fernandesat 70'minutes
  • 27Ferreira SilvaSubstituted forSalvioat 72'minutes
  • 83Carvalho Fernandes
  • 79Sequeira
  • 14Seferovic

Substitutes

  • 1Svilar
  • 10Gonçalves Oliveira
  • 11Cervi
  • 18Salvio
  • 21Afonso Fernandes
  • 61Morris Luís
  • 97Reis Ferreira
Referee:
Daniele Orsato
Attendance:
48,000

Match Stats

Home TeamFrankfurtAway TeamBenfica
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home15
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home5
Away2
Fouls
Home12
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Eintracht Frankfurt 2, Benfica 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Eintracht Frankfurt 2, Benfica 0.

  3. Booking

    Jonas (Benfica) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Foul by João Félix (Benfica).

  5. Post update

    Makoto Hasebe (Eintracht Frankfurt) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Eintracht Frankfurt. Jetro Willems replaces Simon Falette because of an injury.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gedson Fernandes (Benfica) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Gonçalo Paciência (Eintracht Frankfurt).

  9. Post update

    Lubomir Fejsa (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Eintracht Frankfurt. Lucas Torró replaces Sebastian Rode.

  11. Post update

    Eduardo Salvio (Benfica) hits the right post with a right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right. Assisted by Alejandro Grimaldo with a cross.

  12. Post update

    Filip Kostic (Eintracht Frankfurt) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Rúben Dias (Benfica).

  14. Booking

    Ante Rebic (Eintracht Frankfurt) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Mijat Gacinovic (Eintracht Frankfurt).

  16. Post update

    Alejandro Grimaldo (Benfica) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  17. Post update

    Sebastian Rode (Eintracht Frankfurt) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Haris Seferovic (Benfica).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Sebastian Rode (Eintracht Frankfurt).

  20. Post update

    Jonas (Benfica) wins a free kick on the left wing.

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1B Leverkusen6411169713
2Zürich631276110
3AEK Larnaca6123612-65
4Ludogorets604257-24

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1RB Salzburg66001761118
2Celtic630368-29
3RB Leipzig62139817
4Rosenborg6015414-101

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Zenit St Petersburg632165111
2Slavia Prague631243110
3Bordeaux62136607
4FC Copenhagen612335-25

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dinamo Zagreb6420113814
2Fenerbahçe62227708
3Spartak Trnava621347-37
4Anderlecht603327-53

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Arsenal65101221016
2Sporting64111331013
3Vorskla Poltava6105413-93
4FK Qarabag6105213-113

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Real Betis633072512
2Olympiakos6312116510
3AC Milan6312129310
4F91 Dudelange6015316-131

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Villarreal6240125710
2Rapid Vienna631269-310
3Rangers61328806
4Spartak Moscow6123812-45

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Frankfurt66001751218
2Lazio6303911-29
3Apollon Limassol6213101007
4Marseille6015616-101

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1KRC Genk6321148611
2Malmö FF62317619
3Besiktas6213911-27
4Sarpsborg 086123813-55

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sevilla64021861212
2FK Krasnodar640288012
3Standard Liege631279-210
4Akhisarspor6015414-101

K

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Dynamo Kyiv6321107311
2Rennes630378-19
3FC Astana62227708
4FK Jablonec612368-25

L

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea6510123916
2BATE Borisov63039909
3MOL Vidi621357-27
4PAOK Salonika6105512-73
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