The European Cup high-flyers from Eintracht Frankfurt have made a crash landing in the Bundesliga. Three days after the sensational coup in the Europa League at FC Barcelona, the Hessians suffered a sensitive defeat with the 0: 2 (0: 2) at Union Berlin.
The European Cup high-flyers from Eintracht Frankfurt sank exhausted onto the lawn, the players from Union Berlin helped them back on their feet. The traveling fans celebrated the Hessians despite the crash landing at the Alte Försterei three days after the sensational coup in the Europa League at FC Barcelona.
“The fatigue was very present,” said coach Oliver Glasner after the 0: 2 (0: 2). DAZN: “The boys tried everything. But we weren’t able to win here today. That’s why it was a deserved defeat.”
At no time had the Frankfurters been able to build on the great performance at the Camp Nou, but the guest curve echoed: “European Cup, European Cup this year!”
Taiwo Awoniyi (17′) and Grischa Prömel (20′) scored the goals for the Irons, who underlined their European ambitions with their third win in a row. Coach Urs Fischer’s team also celebrated a successful dress rehearsal for the semi-finals in the DFB Cup on Wednesday (8:45 p.m.) at RB Leipzig.
Eintracht, on the other hand, has practically no chance of qualifying for an international starting place in the coming season via the Bundesliga. However, this is still possible with winning the Europa League.
Union Berlin wins thanks to Awoniyi and Prömel
After the strenuous quarter-final second leg in Barcelona, Glasner sent six new starting eleven players onto the field. National goalkeeper Kevin Trapp did not rotate out of the team for reasons of stress, he fell out due to a ligament strain in his wrist.
Jens Grahl stood between the posts for Trapp, and he got a lot to do in his first Bundesliga appearance in six years. After Genki Haraguchi’s head hit the post (12′), Awoniyi aimed more precisely five minutes later on a counterattack. Before that, the beefy Nigerian had beaten Martin Hinteregger with great physical effort.
At the second goal by Prömel, the home side were mentally and physically faster than Frankfurt. Just two minutes later, Prömel had a huge chance to make it 3-0, but the midfielder missed ten yards from goal.
Eintracht Frankfurt overwhelmed
The Unioners, who were greeted by the fans chanting “Stadtmeister, Stadtmeister!” after the clear derby victory at Hertha BSC (4:1), acted more purposefully and aggressively. For the at times completely overwhelmed Frankfurt there were signs of bankruptcy early on, Rani Khedira alone should have scored two more goals in the first half (27th and 38th).
Offensively, Frankfurt was harmless even after the change of sides, even the recently outstanding Filip Kostic was largely unregistered from Julian Ryerson. As Union shifted down a gear, the game rippled along for a long time in the second half. The first excitement was Awoniyi’s strong solo, but the finish was too weak (63′).
Union Berlin – Eintracht Frankfurt: The data of the game
Urs Fischer (Coach Union): “That was a great first half for us, the team did very well there. They kept stressing the opponents out. In the second half we were too passive, we chased the ball more and that took a lot of strength. That was it not in the way we planned, we’ll address that too.”
Oliver Glasner (Frankfurt Coach): “It was very clear today that we weren’t physically and mentally able to perform at our best. I take that on my head 100 percent. I didn’t succeed, after the last few weeks and what’s been going on here everything has happened to prepare the lads so that we can get to where we are today. The players tried everything again and gave everything after falling behind. In the second half we kept running, but we found it difficult to find space and creating clear chances to score.”