Europa League: Frankfurt beat Vaduz - Sport
- Eintracht Frankfurt is in the playoffs to the Europa League.
- After a 5-0 in the first leg against FC Vaduz, the Hessen also won in the second leg 1-0.
- The game was overshadowed by a serious injury to Marco Russ.
Overshadowed by the grave injury of veteran Marco Russ, Eintracht Frankfurt has been struggling to return to the Europa League. The team of coach Adi Hütter was content on Thursday with a 1-0 (1-0) against FC Vaduz and made many mistakes in the game.
After the 5: 0 in the first leg of the third qualifying round had a B-Elf of the Bundesliga against the Liechtenstein in front of 48 000 spectators in the sold out Commerzbank Arena little to offer. Only Jonathan de Guzman (32 minutes) scored a goal against the Swiss second division side.
Especially bitter was the injury of soot. The defender reversed without the opponent's right foot and had to be replaced with suspected Achilles tendon. "It's annoying and a pity, I'm sorry, he's a model pro, he lives this club, it does not look good, we're there for him," said sports director Fredi Bobic to TV channel RTL Nitro.
Looking at the game, Bobic did not want to be "too critical". Last season's European Cup semi-finalists face Racing Strasbourg in the final battle for the group stage on 22 and 29 August. "There we have to go to the performance limit," said Bobic. Then also midfielder Sebastian Rode could be back, who was back in the Frankfurt team after three months.
"Another sold-out home, plus a European Cup game, and I'm so pleased to have made a comeback after three months, and we still won," said Rode, who had missed a serious knee injury. At the same time, he said, "It was a tough job, Vaduz did a good job of doing well and winning the game - not quite as brilliant as usual."
Despite all assurances to prepare the fans for a good football evening, presented the Hesse in the first half, rather a festival of mistakes and bad passes. Eintracht head coach Adi Hütter had after the devastating game in the DFB Cup at SV Waldhof Mannheim (5: 3) and facing the Bundesliga start on Sunday against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim performed a major rotation: Only keeper Kevin Trapp and striker Dejan Joveljic were still in the starting lineup. And the B selection rarely harmonized.
The Vaduzer sold well, however, were well sorted in the defense and could even have taken the lead. In the 23rd minute Pius Dorn took advantage of the hesitant attacking of Eintracht pro Timothy Chandler: Trapp was only able to steer his low shot from the penalty line around the post. Boris Prokopic (30th) put the ball back in danger, but the ball landed on the goal net. Seconds later, the lead for the hosts came out of nowhere. After Mijat Gacinovic hit the ball with a shot to the left crossbar, de Guzman transformed directly from 16 meters to 1: 0.
After the break, the game of Frankfurter was not much more handsome. Also midfielder Rode could bring little line in the game structure.