Eintracht Frankfurt won their home game against Schalke 04. The Hessians are thus preserving the chance of winning the European Cup. Meanwhile, Schalke can say goodbye to international business.
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The horror series by Schalke 04 continues after a long period of fearful imagination. The very young Gelsenkirchen team lost 1: 2 (0: 1) on match day 32 of the Bundesliga at Eintracht Frankfurt and have been waiting for a success for 14 games and exactly five months. A club record.
Andre Silva (28th) took the Frankfurt goal with his seventh goal after the Corona break – he is the best striker in the league during this period. He therefore plays a key role in ensuring that the SBU still has the Europa League ranks in view two matchdays before the end of the season. In addition, captain David Abraham (50th) met for Frankfurt, Weston McKennie (59th) succeeded. Schalke’s Can Bozdogan saw the yellow-red card (77th).
Frankfurt dominated the first half
In the pouring rain, a game on a goal developed from the start, namely that of Schalke. The timid attempts of the guests to disrupt the Frankfurt game build-up from the center line fizzled out. The two back four had to do hard work – 75 percent possession of the ball in the first half in favor of Eintracht spoke volumes.
Even before Silva’s goal, the Frankfurt team intensified their move to the goal. Danny da Costa (16.) and Daichi Kamada with three deals (16./18./22.) Were still too imprecise, Silva then did it like a top scorer. The 24-year-old looked out Alexander Nübel in the Schalke box and pushed the ball into the far corner.
The reserved presentation of the guests was not (only) due to the failure of the past weeks. Schalke coach David Wagner had to replace a total of eight injured top performers, and the yellow-blocked Daniel Caligiuri was also missing. Therefore, there were six players in the starting eleven of the royal blue who were 21 years old or younger – and with Timo Becker (23) also a regular regional league player.
Schalke in halftime two much more offensive
Wagner switched to the second round in an offensive manner, bringing Rabbi Matondo to Becker. The Welsh youngster (19) could not really liven up the attacking game of the guests after overcoming adductor problems, but he attacked Frankfurt’s defenders more vigorously. To make matters worse, Schalke’s defense weakened.
Abraham easily got away from his opponents on goal and only had to hold his head out after Filip Kostic’s free kick on the second post. As a result, the Schalke were visibly frustrated to be dragged towards one or the other overly hard tackle, a sporting turn seemed miles away.
With McKennie’s connection, hope returned, however, after around 70 minutes Schalke presented itself with more determination and self-confidence. Matondo twice and substitute Michael Gregoritsch (75.) had the equalizer on their feet.
“We were outstanding until 2-1,” said Eintracht defense chief Martin Hinteregger at DAZN. “Unfortunately, we woke her up again by being careless. Then mistakes crept in, Schalke believed more and more in himself.”
Bastian Oczipka meanwhile practiced gallows humor. “We could just win again,” said Schalke’s defender at DAZN: “The least we can blame our boys for.”
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