Berlin (AP) – After winning his 500th game as head coach including dream goal, Adi Hütter had good jokes.
“If he didn’t look like a Japanese, I would have thought he was an Austrian, maybe a good skier,” commented the 50-year-old coach from Eintracht Frankfurt, commenting on Daichi Kamada’s soccer slalom run in preparation for the goal of the currently accurate André Silva . Hütter also had reason to be happy with him: The 24-year-old Portuguese, borrowed from AC Milan, advanced with his two goals in the 4: 1 of the Hessen at Hertha BSC to the best goal scorer in the Bundesliga since the restart after the Corona break.
Substitute during the break, Silva got going, scoring five and six in the seventh Eintracht game since the league sequel. “On the bench, I figured out how to help the team when I come in,” he said afterwards. The good thing from a Frankfurt point of view: The Berlin hosts had to defend their lead by Krzysztof Piatek (24th minute) in Saturday’s empty Olympic stadium after a red card shortly before the break against man-decker Dedryck Boyata. Or better, try it. “Everyone was full of self-confidence because we were one more man. I came in with my power, that’s it,” said Silva with a laugh. And apt.
Because it happened quickly. Bas Dost (51.) equalized, Silva gave the lead after the class solo from Kamada by hacking goal (62.) and Evan Ndicka (68.) provided for the first and then again Silva (86.) for final decision. A win for the mood after the frustrated defeats in the league a week before in the Rhein-Main derby against FSV Mainz 05 and on Wednesday in the DFB Cup semi-final at Bayern.
The last remaining doubts about remaining in the league have been resolved, with 38 points there is even a small chance of seventh place, which is five points away and would entitle to participate in the Europa League qualification. “We would have to win all three games and are still dependent on the competition,” said Hütter. “If it was enough in the end, it would of course be sensational,” said goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.
In terms of points, the Berliners are tied, so Labbadia has fulfilled the first mission as a new Hertha coach: Goodbye relegation battle. The first loss as a coach against a Eintracht team was painful. “We just cashed in the goals too easily,” complained the 54-year-old native of Hesse. After Per Skjelbred’s injury after a good half an hour and the dismissal against Boyata, security and stability were lost – however, the surprise moments were missing, at least on the offensive, regardless of the lead.
Endurance runner Vladimir Darida did not only want to make the first home defeat under Labbadia more numerically inferior: “The red card was a point, but a team with ten players can defend it better. Unfortunately, we did not do that.” This Tuesday the Berliners want to do better at SC Freiburg. Frankfurt have a day more break, they will receive FC Schalke 04 on Wednesday. It will be shown whether Hütter is in a joke again.