Erran Torres has capped off a fluid team move to give Barcelona a platform to bring back to Camp Nou next week after Xavi Hernandez’s side were troubled by a spirited Eintracht Frankfurt side.
But for better decision-making, the Bundesliga side could easily have been way ahead before the former Manchester City striker finished from close range after Torres, Frenkie De Jong and Ousmane Dembele played around the defense in a few keys.
Ansgar Knauff had put Frankfurt ahead just minutes after the break with a superb volley from outside the box after a first half in which his side consistently opened up Barca.
The pace of Frankfurt’s attack kept them behind a high line time and time again, but the final pass into the box looked destined to drag on a penalty spot at every opportunity.
Rafa Borre had a penalty canceled after Sergio Busquets’ challenge was given the benefit of the doubt on second viewing, but Frankfurt continued to cause problems.
Even when there were just ten men left after Tuta was sent off with around ten minutes to go, they looked dangerous on the counter as Barca failed to convert their possession into anything meaningful. .
As a result, the Germans have little to fear in the second leg.