The intermediate objective must wait: the “Euro-Eagles” have missed a course in their favorite competition, at least for the moment. On the penultimate matchday of the Europa League against Royal Antwerp, Eintracht Frankfurt did not get more than 2: 2 (1: 1) and due to the lack of support in the side game they have missed the first knockout round, which was tied to the group’s victory.
In order to avoid the exhausting detour between the second round with duels against a third of the group in the premier category, the team of coach Oliver Glasner must deliver again on December 9 at Fenerbahce Istanbul. Daichi Kamada (13th) and Goncalo Paciencia (90 + 4) ensured by their goals that SGE, which recently showed rising form in the league, remained undefeated in this European Cup season. Radja Nainggolan (33rd) and Mbwana Samatta (88th) scored for the oldest club in Belgium.
“We really wanted to win, we risked too much and were blocked,” Glasner told RTL: “But the equalizer was very important, now one point is enough.”
The coach had asked his team to “close the bag” on the first match point. However, it is forbidden to underestimate the Belgian vice-champion in the European standings without a win. “We must not think that everything is already prefabricated,” warned the Austrian. On the contrary, the “same consequence” is needed as in the recent successful streak of three consecutive wins in competitive matches.
And it showed that his eleven, unchanged from 2-0 in Freiburg, in front of 30,000 spectators, won many balls in dangerous areas – and was rewarded with the first skillful attack of the effort. Timothy Chandler crossed halfway to the right, Kamada run from five yards. Even after that, the 2019 semi-finalist remained decisive in the game, but often acted too imprecisely in the final third.
The Belgians, who started with former Bundesliga pros Birger Verstraete, Michael Frey and Viktor Fischer, were initially only dangerous by standards. The ex-Nuremberg Frey (16th) could not take advantage of an error by Kevin Trapp before Evan Ndicka deflected a volley from Nainggolan after a poorly given corner.
After the break, the Eintracht became more erratic and the combination game, which was largely fluid in the first round, weakened more and more. The Hessians also revealed more gaps in the back without injured defensive leader Martin Hinteregger. After a gunshot from Eintracht supporters and the treatment of ex-Cologne Verstraete, the match had to be put on hold in the meantime.
Frankfurt – Antwerp: The constellations
Frankfurt: Trapp – Tuta, Hasebe, Ndicka – Chandler, Jakic (90th Rode), Sow, Kostic – Lindström (78th Hauge), Kamada (90th Paciencia) – Borre (69th Lammers). – Trainer: Glasner
Antwerp: Butez – Vines, Almeida, Dessoleil, De Laet – Nainggolan – Dwomoh (66th Yusuf), Verstraete – Fischer (76th Johannes Eggestein), Frey, Samatta. – Trainer: Priske
Europa League: The group D table
# TeamSp.SUNToreDiff.Pkt.1Eintracht Frankfurt53209: 54112Olympiakos Piraeus53028: 6293Fenerbahce Istanbul51226: 7-154Royal Antwerp50235: 10-52