Eintracht Frankfurt botched the dress rehearsal for the showdown at Camp Nou. After the exhilarating first leg against FC Barcelona, Oliver Glasner’s team disappointed in a 1-2 (0-1) loss to SC Freiburg.
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Coach Oliver Glasner and his players trudged disappointed and shaking their heads across the pitch, Nils Petersen received the congratulations of his teammates a few meters away, beaming. SC Freiburg’s super joker caused a hangover after the European Cup party with his goal to win 2-1 (1-0) at Eintracht Frankfurt.
“Freiburg was more efficient. We work a lot, but the lack of callousness is lacking,” complained Sebastian Rode at DAZN. Due to the defeat, the Hessians botched the dress rehearsal for the showdown at FC Barcelona on Thursday, and international places in the Bundesliga are also becoming increasingly distant.
The Frankfurters hardly followed up on the strong first appearance in the quarter-finals of the Europa League against Barca (1: 1) and only came to an interim equalizer through Filip Kostic (54th). Vincenzo Grifo (27th) and Petersen (69th), on the other hand, kept Freiburg in the middle of the European Cup race after the fuss about Bayern Munich’s change posse.
Christian Streich also celebrated his 105th Bundesliga victory with the Breisgauers – and overtook the previous record coach Volker Finke. “The win is worth its weight in gold,” said Petersen after his 101st goal for SC and his 33rd goal as a joker.
The Frankfurters had to flip the switch between the two evenings of celebrations against the Catalans. Compared to the magical night on Thursday, Glasner left it with two changes, Rode and Jens Petter Hauge rotated into the starting XI.
After being interrupted at the beginning by the protest of two environmental activists who tied themselves to the goalposts with cable ties, there was little momentum in the Hessians. Although Frankfurt controlled what was happening, Rafael Borre (11th) and Ansgar Knauff (17th) only managed harmless shots.
Freiburg: Grifo scores with the first chance
The people of Breisgau, whose appeal against the 4-1 defeat by Bayern on Friday was rejected, also needed warm-up time in front of 47,000 spectators. During the first offensive action, however, Grifo completed an exemplary counterattack to take the lead.
Frankfurt remained pale – and had to digest another setback after a good half hour. Driver Djibril Sow left the field injured and was replaced by Kristijan Jakic. It was initially unclear whether Sow would be available again in Barcelona.
Even after the break, the Hessians made an effort. However, Jesper Lindström was offside when the game was supposed to equalize. Only a little later, Kostic scored after a wonderful pass from Hauge – the Serb (57th) narrowly missed a double strike from distance.
The goal gave the Hessians noticeably new impetus – especially on Kostic’s left side. While Freiburg hardly created any chances, the SBU kept getting dangerous. Out of nowhere, however, Petersen, who had been substituted just before, headed in after a free kick. Ajdin Hrustic (84th) missed the equalizer after a shot at the post.
Eintracht Frankfurt – SC Freiburg: The voices of the coaches
Oliver Glasner (Eintracht Frankfurt): “We’re brutally disappointed with the result. It took us 15 to 20 minutes to shake off Thursday. I have a lot of respect for what the lads then delivered. Freiburg won because of their efficiency. We’re not going to let the unfortunate defeat knock us down .”
Christian Streich (SC Freiburg): “I’m happy about the win, but I’m also not so happy about a few things. The power that Frankfurt put on the pitch after the game on Thursday, I have to take my hat off to that. We were really lucky today because we weren’t the better team.”