Second Home Defeat of the Season

The last five home games against Freiburg had been Eintracht wins, but the opponent came to Frankfurt with some confidence after two wins in a row this season, and with their rising star Papiss Cisse (4 goals in 3 games). And they left the Commerzbank Arena as the winners this time, after beating Eintracht 1-0 in a close game.

Eintracht started the game with the exact line up that had been so successful away to Moenchengladbach, skipper Chris was on the bench again. The first chance fell to Freiburg when Nikolov had a great save from a Cisse shot in minute six. After a powerful run of Ochs three minutes later Jung crossed it in but Meier couldn’t finish the sharp pass on target. The eagles had more possession in the opening 15 minutes, and after a Tzavellas free kick from the left a Gekas header went just over the bar (17’). A moment later it was the same Greek combination, when this time from an open play situation Gekas chipped the ball against the post from a fine Tzavellas pass.

It was an open game with more attacking power on Eintracht’s side, in minute 24 a free kick by Koehler from the right side was blocked and fell to Schwegler whose long range shot went just over the bar (24’). Another dead ball situation came – there were quite a few for Eintracht - Tzavellas crossed it in, and this time Koehler’s close header was only denied by Freiburg keeper Baumann who got hold of the ball with a little luck (30’). About five minutes later Freiburg skipper Butscher came close to scoring but his shot from the left went just wide. Then it was the Eagles again, and Ochs with a great shot from about 25 meters came close but it was again well saved by Baumann. A lively game in front of a 40,600 crowd went into half time, with obvious advantages for the Eagles, although Freiburg never looked easy to play.

After the break the first chance came again from a Tzavellas run down the left, and again from a Gekas shot which went wide (50’). With half an hour to go Caio came on for Meier and right away took a long rage free kick, which was deflected by a Freiburg defender, and again Baumann had to give his all to save it. Gekas had another chance and then it was Nikolov who kept Eintracht’s clean sheet with a fine save from a Putsila shot (69’).

It became a tight affair with 10 minutes to go, while Eintracht had more possession (55%) Freiburg had a tad more shots (12, Eintracht 9). Then birthday boy Uemit Korkmaz (now 25 years of age) came on for Koehler. He did not have much to celebrate since Freiburg scored in the 89th minute; just when everybody was settling for a 0-0. After a fast break it was Rosenthal who was able to put the ball into Nikolov’s net.

A close game was over and the disappointed Eintracht fans will have to wait a little longer for the first home point this season. In a week’s time Eintracht will host 1. FC Nuernberg, while the tough mid week fixture away to Bayer Leverkusen will take place on Wednesday (20h CET, live match commentary on www.eintracht.de).

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