Frankfurt am Main Eintracht Frankfurt wanted to make everything clear in order to plan for the round of 16 in the Europa League. But Royal Antwerp makes life difficult for the Hessians.
Eintracht Frankfurt missed the premature group victory in the Europa League and must tremble about the direct entry into the round of 16.
The Hessian Bundesliga club came after a largely weak performance against the Belgian representative Royal Antwerp to a 2: 2 (1: 1) and needs at least one point in the group final on December 9 at Fenerbahce Istanbul to skip the playoffs and to buy the ticket for the round of the last 16 teams.
In front of 30,000 spectators, Daichi Kamada gave Eintracht the lead in the 13th minute, but Radja Nainggolan (33rd) and Ally Samatta (88th) turned the game around. Substitute Gonçalo Paciência (90 + 4) saved at least one point.
Glasner praises morality
“The fact that we have come back again shows our great morale”, praised Eintracht trainer Oliver Glasner on the TV broadcaster RTL. “It’s not yet firmly in first place, but at least a draw will be enough for us now. So it was still a very important goal. “Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, on the other hand, was annoyed about the missed opportunity:” It would have been more possible if we had pulled it off for 90 minutes. “
After the most recent 2-0 victory in the Bundesliga at SC Freiburg, Glasner trusted the same starting line-up, which began briskly and confidently. However, the necessary precision was initially lacking. The tour therefore came as a surprise. Timothy Chandler crossed from the right into the box, where Kamada converted directly into the penalty area. It was the third goal for the Japanese in this Europa League season.
Game control, but not ease
The hoped-for playful ease did not find its way. Rather, the guests almost came to a quick 1: 1. After an uncertainty from Kevin Trapp, Antwerp’s striker Michael Frey came free in the penalty area, but the Eintracht goalkeeper ironed out his mistake himself.
The Frankfurters controlled the game, but their offensive didn’t really get going. The Belgian goal was hardly in serious danger until the break. The compensation was therefore not undeserved. After a corner, Nainggolan volleyed the ball into the net, whereby his shot was deflected twice and was therefore untenable for Trapp.
After the move, the Hessians increased the pressure, but opportunities remained scarce. Only the fans of the Belgians caused a stir, as they burned down pyrotechnics after an hour in the stands. Shortly afterwards, Eintracht fans ignited a firecracker behind the guests’ goal, whereupon the English referee Paul Tierney briefly interrupted the game.
As soon as the game was released again, there was the next moment of shock for Eintracht. After a free kick, Ritchie De Laet poked the ball past Trapp into the far corner, but the video evidence saved Eintracht. Since the shooter was just offside, the hit was withdrawn. In the final phase it got turbulent again. When Eintracht looked loser again, Paciência was there.