5-3 friendly victory: Kamada and Hrgota both score twice
Eintracht Frankfurt beat SV Sandhausen 5-3 in a friendly match on Friday. Daichi Kamada and Branimir Hrgota both scored twice against the second division outfit, with Jetro Willems putting the icing on the cake in the 90th minute.
Eintracht head coach Niko Kovac fielded a team consisting mainly of fringe and youth team players, with midfielder Marc Stendera the sole survivor from last Friday’s victory over Werder Bremen. The Eintracht youth product was given the captain’s armband against Sandhausen and did an excellent job of pulling the strings in midfield.
The Eagles dominated the first half against the second division outfit, taking a deserved lead through Daichi Kamada after 16 minutes. The visitors were only able to fashion two clear-cut opportunities before the interval, but managed to find the net with one of them. Errol Zejnullahu escaped the attentions of Noel Knothe and goalkeeper Jan Zimmermann to squeeze home the equaliser in the 27th minute, only for Kamada to notch his second of the game ten minutes later.
Kovac’s side continued to control proceedings after the break and extended their lead through Branimir Hrgota two minutes into the second half. Nejmeddin Daghfous reduced the arrears with a quarter of an hour remaining, but Hrgota grabbed his second of the game just two minutes later to restore the hosts’ two-goal advantage. Denis Linsmayer’s 89th-minute strike set up a nervous finish but Jetro Willems struck in the final minute of normal time to complete the scoring.
Danny da Costa, making his comeback from injury, was pleased with the Eagles’ display. “We played well, particularly in the first half,” said the 24-year-old. “It’s nice that we were able to score so many goals, and it’s great to be involved again. I’m really pleased that things went so well for me today. I want to put myself in the frame [for a first-team berth] but I’m not taking anything for granted.”
Stendera echoed da Costa’s sentiments, saying: “We maybe got a bit tired in the second half, but we’ve been training very hard this week. Our objective today was to score goals and to have fun.”
Kovac, who described the 5-3 win as “an entertaining contest”, was satisfied with his players’ efforts after an intense week of training. “Friendlies are always much better than training games,” said the head coach. “It’s nice that we were able to score five goals.”
Zimmermann (Bätge, 46’) - da Costa (Wolf, 63’), Knothe, Medojevic (Abraham, 63’), Beyreuther - Stendera, de Guzman (Willems, 74’) - Blum, Kamada, Besuschkow - Hrgota
1-0 Kamada (16’)
1-1 Zejnullahu (27’)
2-1 Kamada (37’)
3-1 Hrgota (47’)
3-2 Daghfous (75’)
4-2 Hrgota (77’)
4-3 Linsmayer (89’)
5-3 Willems (90’)