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Rebić Return Not Enough As Chelsea Beat Frankfurt In Penalties

May 9, 2019


Ante Rebić vs. Chelsea


After being suspended for the first leg last week in Germany, Ante Rebić’s introduction into the Europa League semifinals wasn’t enough for Eintracht Frankfurt as they fell to Chelsea in a penalty kick shootout.

The first leg ended 1-1 in Frankfurt which means Frankfurt needed to score in London in order to progress to the Europa League Final.

Rebić got the start and played 91 minutes but was taken off just before the 30-minute extra time period began. He was given a 7.4 grade for his efforts.



The match was more meaningful for Frankfurt as Chelsea have already booked their spot in the Champions League next season by finishing in the top four in England. Eintracht Frankfurt currently sit in fourth place in the Bundesliga. The Europa League champion receives an automatic berth.



Instead, it will be Mateo Kovačić and Chelsea in the Europa League final against city rivals Arsenal. Kovačić played the maximum 120 minutes but did not take a penalty.



This is the first time in European history that the Champions League Final and the UEFA Cup/Europa League finalists will all come from the same nation – England.




Ante Kvartuč
Posted By: Ante Kvartuč 16 comments

  1. Razbijač says:

    These past 2 Days, we’ve had some of the greatest comebacks in Football. THIS IS WHY WE LOVE THE GAME! This is why we watch it!

    Let’s hope today’s ties are just as pulsating!

  2. Razbijač says:

    Now the million kuna question is….which Hrvat in the Chelsea-Frankfurt tie to root for???

    I’ll go with Rebic, as he hasn’t won a major trophy. And Kovacic already has a coupla CL trophy’s. Besides Matteo won’t be at Chelsea next season due the the blues transfer ban, rumor has it he’s heading back to Inter.

  3. Razbijač says:

    Seems like Lovren and Rakitic weren’t the only Hrvati involved in the CL Semis….there’s a kid on Ajax squad named Dominik Kotarski.

    He’s 19 yrs old and a back up goalie, spent his youth career at Dinamo. Anyone have any intel on this kid??

    Now Ajax are known for developing youth talent, let’s hope they make something outta this kid. ‘Cause we sure need to beef up the goalie department!

  4. CroatiaU14 says:

    I saw a few things about how Frankfurt fans are confident that Rebic will have an impact on the game today and lead them to a Europa League final. I am really hoping to see Rebic with a goal, assist, or just a good performance. Could we see Rebic making a switch to a much bigger club? Not sure if Frankfurt is going to want to let go of Jovic and Rebic (and possibly Haller too) in the same summer transfer window. Rebic has had the most impact on the Frankfurt squad this season, and is drawing a ton of attention to himself.


    Dominik Kotarski has been getting a ton of time with the Ajax second team (Jong Ajax) which is very good for him. Ajax will probably trade Onana (their current keeper) over the summer to a larger club because he has had an outstanding season. This will possibly lead the Ajax coaching staff to giving Kotarski minutes on the first team. IF things do not work out with Kotarski, we cannot forget about Dinko Horkas (20) that plays for the Dinamo Zagreb Youth team with all the other young stars. He won two penalty shootouts (back to back) in the Youth Champions League and made a huge breakaway save vs. Bayern in that Premier League tourney final game (although they lost 2-0). He also saved his side against the Hajduk Split youth team with a beautiful stop from a shop about 6 yards out.

  5. The truth says:

    I just looked at Euro qualifying standings and it really hit me how precarious Croatias position is. Id probably give them a 50/50 chance of finishing top 2

  6. Horvat says:

    The truth,

    Wishful thinking. Does this somehow make you feel better about Croatia’s world cup performance?

    Remember, everyone says we clearly deserved to win the tournament.

  7. Razbijač says:

    Rebic out but Kovacic on the pitch in extra time….

    If there is anytime for him to score his first goal for the Chelsea…NOW would be a good time!

  8. Jamon Iberico says:

    Why was Rebic taken off? I’m sure he would have scored a PK. Stupid coach.

  9. Razbijač says:

    Rebic was a BEAST today!

    He bullied the opposition as usual, holding up play, turning, passing clever balls to his fellow players.

    @ Jamon iberico

    Rebic was subbed off ’cause he was outta gas. Ran his socks off as usual.

  10. gbvh says:

    found it amusing/weird that the goalies dove emphatically left/right for each PK (i think?). then when that Frankfurt defender, who had a helluva game, shot his, goalie stood dead centre and stopped with his feet.
    i don’t know enough about him to know his PK tendencies (if he has any) but that was either great hunch, homework, or fix!!!!

  11. Jamon Iberico says:

    Look at that picture. That faggot forearmed Rebic in the neck. Next game Rebic should elbow him in the nose.

    Lamest CL and Europa I’ll be sure to not watch or give a shit about.

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