03.10.2021
Bundesliga

Magnificent Eagles stun Bayern

Martin Hinteregger (32’) and Filip Kostic (83’) got the goals as Eintracht Frankfurt recovered from Leon Goretzka’s opener (29’) to claim their first victory in Munich in nearly 21 years.

Goretzka put the Bundesliga leaders ahead just before the half-hour mark, but Hinteregger equalised for Oliver Glasner’s side with a thumping header from Kostic’s corner. Kevin Trapp made a string of impressive saves in the second half before Kostic drilled home with seven minutes remaining to hand the Eagles their first league win of the season and a first away victory over the record champions since November 2000.

Three changes for Eintracht

Glasner made three changes to the Eintracht side that secured a late win at Royal Antwerp in the Europa League on Thursday. Sam Lammers, Ajdin Hrustic and Makoto Hasebe – who Glasner said was struggling with fatigue in the aftermath of the trip to Belgium – dropped to the bench, with Stefan Ilsanker, Tuta and Jesper Lindström starting in their place. Hinteregger, who complained of circulatory problems in midweek, was also passed fit to start.

Eagles fight back after tough opening

Eintracht had to withstand heavy Bayern pressure from the get-go and were fortunate not to fall behind when Robert Lewandowski headed over the bar with five minutes on the clock. Trapp reacted well when Kristijan Jakic inadvertently diverted a Bayern free-kick towards his own net, before Niklas Süle fired wide from Thomas Müller’s pass.

Bayern made their dominance count just shy of the half-hour mark, Goretzka capitalising on an error by Hinteregger before slotting coolly into the far corner. Leroy Sane was denied by Trapp moments later, before Hinteregger made amends for his earlier lapse in concentration with a powerful header past Manuel Neuer to restore parity. Both teams spurned chances to take the lead in a frantic end to the first half, Neuer thwarting Almamy Toure at one end and Serge Gnabry rattling the outside of the post at the other.

Kostic the hero

The Eagles made a bright start to the second period, but Bayern were always a threat and Trapp produced an extraordinary save with his right leg to prevent Lewandowski from nodding the hosts back in front. The Germany international goalkeeper then kept out Gnabry and Sane in quick succession as Julian Nagelsmann’s side began to turn the screw once more.

Gaps started to appear in the Bayern rearguard as the hosts pushed forward in search of a second goal. With seven minutes left to play, Djibril Sow won the ball deep inside the Bayern half before teeing up Kostic on the left of the penalty area. The winger took a touch before rifling an unstoppable effort past Neuer and into the far corner, sending the traveling Eintracht fans into ecstasy.

Summary

What a way to get your first league win of the campaign! Eintracht rode their luck at times with Trapp the busier of the two goalkeepers, but the Eagles battled so hard and deserve enormous credit for fighting back from Goretzka’s opener. It was worth the wait, wasn’t it?

SGE line-up

Trapp – Tuta, Ilsanker, Hinteregger – Toure (Da Costa 61’), Sow, Jakic, Chandler – Lindström (Hauge 61’), Borré (Lammers 77’), Kostic

Goals

1-0 Goretzka (29’)
1-1 Hinteregger (32’)
1-2 Kostic (83’)

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