Eintracht lose 3-1 (2-1) against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday afternoon. After Reus' early goal (3'), Marco Fabián scored the equalizer for SGE (29'). BVB came back with Sokratis (34') and Aubameyang (86') though.

Niko Kovac made two changes in the starting formation after the game against SV Werder Bremen. In the defence Andersson Ordoñez kept his spot despite Jesús Vallejo’s return to the field. Marco Russ moved to the bench. On the right side Marius Wolf replaced Ante Rebic. Wolf had his first Bundesliga appearance for the Eagles in the game against 1. FC Köln and made a good job. Knowing about Dortmund’s strong offense, Kovac chose a more defensive formation for the away game. 

Eintracht Fall Behind Early on in the Game

Early on in the game Eintracht were dealt a first blow. Not even three minutes were played, when Aubameyang chipped the ball into the box to Pulisic. Pulisic got the ball before Hradecky and passed to Reus, who put the ball into the net with his back-heel. The hosts put SGE under a lot of pressure in the first minutes of the game. Nonetheless Eintracht had a great chance to get one back, when Branimir Hrgota set up Marco Fabián with a nice pass, who missed with his right foot from close range (9’).

Despite Dortmund’s strong performance in the beginning of the game, Eintracht had chances to make up for the early setback. After Hradecky kept SGE in the game with a great one-on-one save against Shinji Kagawa (19’), Gacinovic almost scored the equalizer in the 22nd minute. After a beautiful cross from Wolf, Gacinovic volleyed the ball on goal. Bürki blocked the shot and deflected the ball over the crossbar.

Fabiáns Dream Goal Copied by Sokratis

Half an hour into the match Eintracht’s efforts were rewarded, when Marco Fabián levelled the score with a dream goal. From outside the box Fabián hammered the ball into the top right corner for the goal. Unfortunately Dortmund restored their lead five minutes later, when Sokratis copied Fabián’s shot and put the ball into the net from 23 meters distance. Lukas Hradecky was left no chance.  Sokratis’ goal was the final note of an entertaining first half.

Niko Kovac risked more in the second half by substituting in Ante Rebic for Andersson Ordoñez with a little more than half an hour left on the clock. The Eagles attacked Dortmund early on, but the hosts defence stood firm. Dortmund’s was not as strong compared to the first half, but the Eagles had trouble creating chances as well. Eintracht’s first good chance of the second half took place in the second half. In the 69th minute Fabián missed the goal by inches with a distance shot.

Aubameyang's Late Goal Decides the Game

After the very attractive first half, the game became a lot more static after the kick-off to the second half. Aubameyang had the chance to decide the match in favour of the hosts, but his header went over (79’). Then, in the final minutes of the game Aubameyang decided the game in favour of the hosts. After an SGE free-kick in Dortmund’s half, BVB got in front of Hradecky’s goal within seconds with a counterattack. Dortmund’s forward lobbed the ball over Hradecky into the net.

Dortmund’s third goal was the last highlight of the match. Admittedly Dortmund was the better team today. Eintracht will try to get the necessary points in the match against Augsburg next Saturday (22 April 2017, 15.30 CET).

 

JB

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