Eintracht Frankfurt shows mentality after the premiere success in the Champions League and seals the historically bad start of Stuttgart with the 3-1 win at VfB.
The Eintracht professionals dragged themselves happily, but with their last strength to their cheering fans. Four days after the premiere victory in the premier class, the Frankfurters followed up with a hard-fought 3-1 (1-0) win at VfB Stuttgart for the outstanding Daichi Kamada.
While the mood in Hessen was good before the international break, there were only long faces at VfB.
“We were in the game from the first second,” said Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp sky. “We know we have the level to play further up.” After eleven points so far, this requires the will to “take the steps that hurt.”
Makoto Hasebe also praised the attitude shown: “We have a lot of games, there is a tiredness there. But we showed mentality.”
Stuttgart sets a negative record
Stuttgart, on the other hand, remained without a win in the seventh game of the season – that has never happened in VfB history. “Three goals conceded from set pieces is far too many,” said sporting director Sven Mislintat after the “momentum game” and admitted: “The second goal pulled the plug on us a bit.”
Last week, the Swabians had achieved a respectable win with a 2-2 win at FC Bayern.
But now captain Sebastian Rode brought Eintracht into the lead in the 6th minute in front of 47,500 spectators in the sold-out arena. The strong Kamada made it 2-0 (55th), Tiago Tomas (79th) scored the goal for Stuttgart. Then Kristijan Jakic (88th) made everything clear for the guests. This victory was “enormously important” in view of the tight table, Rode agreed.
Eintracht were without Marseille goalscorer Jesper Lindstrom (cold). But Rode was in the starting eleven – and he fitted in brilliantly. After VfB keeper Florian Müller was able to fend off a free kick from Kamada, Rode converted the rebound with his head.
Trapp always important support
VfB, who had caused a stir during the week by signing world champions Sami Khedira and Philipp Lahm as advisors, then increasingly took the initiative. Chris Führich, Munich’s goalscorer, failed with Trapp’s first big chance (14′).
Otherwise, the Swabians were not really dangerous. The actions lacked precision and ideas. Frankfurt was able to form again and again. At the front, the Hessians lurked in a confused game for counterattack chances. But the last pass didn’t arrive here either.
After the change, VfB increased the pressure. Trapp reacted brilliantly again, this time against Silas (49th). The visitors were more effective, although Kamada was lucky with his deflected free-kick. Müller had no chance. This was preceded by a brutal attack by Konstantinos Mavropanos on Ansgar Knauff. There should have been red for the VfB defender.
Stuttgart now threw everything up front, Mavropanos just missed the goal by centimeters (65th). Eintracht wobbled briefly, but was then able to free itself to some extent.
Scheme: VfB Stuttgart – Eintracht Frankfurt: The data for the game