Jesper Lindström gave Eintracht Frankfurt another three. The Hessians won the Rhein-Main duel against FSV Mainz 05.
The victory in the prestige duel was something like the icing on the cake for Eintracht Frankfurt. With the 1-0 (1-0) in the Rhein-Main derby against FSV Mainz 05, the successful catch-up in the Bundesliga was continued. With 27 points, the Hessians are back in the middle of the fight for the international top spots – after the miserable start that was not to be expected at all.
Jesper Lindström (35th) secured the three for Frankfurt, who had recently got better and better. Six wins in the last seven games – so Eintracht can celebrate Christmas with great satisfaction.
The SGE also impressed in the derby against Bo Svensson’s team. For the Mainz team, however, it was a bit of a damper to the end of a successful year. “We would have liked to have taken something with us at the end, if you look at the half-season, then it was a solid season,” said FSV sports director Martin Schmidt at Sky, “some would not have believed us capable of that.”
Possibly the Rheinhessen lacked the strength and liveliness after the 4-0 gala against Hertha BSC. Schmidt: “Maybe a little exhausted after the Hertha game. But it is an unnecessary defeat. There was a rebellion, but that was not enough to take a point here.”
Frankfurt: Hrustic just hits the bar
It took around ten minutes for Eintracht to pick up the pace after a leisurely initial phase. The Hessians sometimes combined extremely well, acted as energetically as in previous weeks, but initially only rarely came to dangerous deals.
FSV goalkeeper Robin Zentner only had to intervene in a long-range shot by Filip Kostic (23rd). The SGE nevertheless earned the tour with a courageous appearance in front of 15,000 fans. After an outstanding pass from Rode, Rafael Borre put his offensive partner Lindström in the limelight, who pushed in without any problems.
The Mainz coach Svensson, who had started his tenure against Hessen (0-2) at the beginning of the year, did not seem satisfied at all. His team never found their intense game in the first round, which had made them so strong last time.
Only at the beginning of the second half did the guests appear dangerously in front of Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. The previously inconspicuous Jonathan Burkardt (47th) aimed too imprecisely. The game was determined by the Eintracht and also came to the better opportunities – the substitute Ajdin Hrustic (61.) put the ball from a distance on the crossbar.
The Mainz team’s initial momentum quickly fizzled out after the break, while Frankfurt pressed on the second goal. Thanks also to the strong Lindström, the hosts kept moving forward quickly, but missed the early decision through Borre (67th).
Eintracht Frankfurt – FSV Mainz 05: The coach voices
Oliver Glasner (trainer Eintracht Frankfurt): “I am super happy and satisfied with the result and the performance. It was the question mark for us whether the players could go to their limits again – they have proven that. I am going with great joy and great pride on my well-deserved Christmas vacation. “
Bo Svensson (Trainer FSV Mainz 05): “The first half wasn’t at the limit, Eintracht was clearly better. That annoys me a lot. We thought we’d manage and hopefully the game will give us what we need without investing anything. It was kind of a highlight on Tuesday. I feel like we leaned back a bit. That was also a bad performance on my part. “