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Trapp Happy Despite Benfica Defeat

Trapp Happy Despite Benfica Defeat

Kevin Trapp is confident two away goals will be enough to ensure Eintracht Frankfurt can eliminate Benfica from the Europa League.

The Bundesliga side’s goalkeeper was beaten four times in the quarter-final first leg in Portugal on Thursday as 19-year-old Benfica forward Joao Felix became the youngest player in Europa League history to score a hat-trick, while Ruben Dias also scored for the hosts.

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Frankfurt had been hit by the sending off of defender Evan N’Dicka after just 21 minutes, but they did level the tie at one stage when Luka Jovic scored on 40 minutes.

The tie looked over at 4-1 but substitute Goncalo Paciencia’s late goal has given the side a glimmer of hope ahead of next week’s second leg. “The result isn’t really a fair reflection of the game,” Trapp told DAZN. “We actually produced a really good performance, but we’ve conceded too often.

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“We played well, though, and can’t forget we were a man down for much of it and we still managed to produce a real threat in front of goal. “Tonight, we have the right to be disappointed, but next week we have to turn a new leaf.

“We could have let our heads drop at 4-1, but we persevered and hopefully a 4-2 loss will be enough, come the end of the second leg. “We’ve got to stay positive, analyse what went wrong and quickly put it behind us.

We did a lot of things really well tonight, and the second leg is still to be played.”

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