MATCHDAY: Barcelona, Roma look to advance in Europe

A look at what’s happening in European soccer on Thursday:


All four quarterfinal matchups are well-poised with three of them tied at 1-1 from the first leg. That includes one involving Barcelona, the title favorite looking to win the one trophy not in its collection. The Spanish team, playing in Europe's second-tier competition for the first time since 2004 (when it was called the UEFA Cup), got a second-half equalizer from Ferran Torres against Eintracht Frankfurt last week. West Ham and Lyon are also tied 1-1 heading into the second leg in France, as are Leipzig and Atalanta ahead of the return match in Italy. Portuguese club Braga travels to Scotland protecting a 1-0 lead over Rangers.

Barcelona's Pedri runs for the ball during the Europa League quarter final, first leg soccer match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Barcelona at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, April 7, 2022. (AP PhotoMichael Probst)


Norwegian champion Bodo/Glimt will be without its coach for possibly the biggest match in its history. Kjetil Knutsen was suspended for his part in a brawl with Roma's goalkeeping coach, Nuno Santos, near the locker rooms in last week's first leg that was won 2-1 by Bodo/Glimt thanks to an 89th-minute goal. Bodo/Glimt's appeal was dismissed by UEFA on Wednesday. Roma was beaten 6-1 away by Bodo/Glimt in the group stage, representing the heaviest defeat of Jose Mourinho's managerial career, while the teams drew in Italy. Marseille leads PAOK Thessaloniki 2-1 ahead of the return match in Greece, while PSV Eindhoven vs. Leicester (0-0) and Slavia Prague vs. Feyenoord (1-1) are tied going into the second legs of Europe's third-tier competition.

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Roma players celebrate after the goal by Lorenzo Pellegrini during the Europa Conference League quarterfinal soccer match between Bodo Glimt and AS Roma at Aspmyra stadium, Bodo, Norway, Thursday April 7, 2022. (Mats TorbergsenNTB via AP)