Tight 1-0 Defeat against 1. FC Köln
The Eagles suffered an unlucky 1-0 defeat away to 1. FC Köln despite a decent performance, Jojic scored the lone goal for the hosts.
49,300 including German chancellor Angela Merkel were at the ground to follow the match of Köln (6th in the standings) against SGE (7th). Eintracht coach Niko Kovac made two changes: Marius Wolf had his debut up front, Seferovic also returned to the starting 11; Chandler was out with a match ban and Hrgota on the bench.
The first opportunity fell to the hosts when Jojic brought in a free-kick cross from the left, Modeste and Heintz luckily did not connect (10'). Right after that the Eagles had a free-kick from a good position at the edge of the box; Oczipka came very close to the top right corner of the goal, over the bar though.
The Eagles recorded 67% ball possession in the lively opening 15 minutes of the match. Tawatha crossed in neatly and Wolf hit a decent volley, close but again off target - a good chance for SGE (19'). Then Fabian crossed in the first corner of the match, Rebic connected with a header which went wide though (23'), it was a confident display of Eintracht who kept the hosts busy.
Then a Rebic header from a Tawatha corner hit the woodwork, his follow-up was saved by FC goalie Horn - what a great double chance (26')! Next up was Gacinovic who had a go from long range over the bar (31'), once again the Eagles would have deserved a goal by now but they kept coming. Köln had a half chance when Jojic crossed in for Modeste but Vallejo was at hand and cleared the ball (33').
The 0-0 score line stood at the break despite yet another dominant performance of the Eagles; they created good oportunities throughout but remained unlucky in front of FC's goal.
Kovac made no substitution for the second half, Köln brought on Bitencourt for Höger. The hosts started with more grip and from their first real chance of the match Jojic scored the lead when he followed up a clearance and hit the back of the net from the edge of the box (53'). That was a blow for SGE as it was against the run of play.
Aymen Barkok replaced Taleb Tawatha to support the attack (62'), shortly after Branimir Hrgota came on for Fabian (66'). Eintracht's first good chance of the second half was a decent freekick by Rebic, FC keeper Horn did well to keep it out (66'). Köln defended tight now and seemed to hope for counter attacks, the Eagles tried to get hold of the match.
Ordonez came on for Wolf who had suffered a knock (76') and SGE kept coming but did not quite find that through-ball against the deep defending Köln rows. It was a tense match and a tricky affair for Eintracht after conceding the goal, little action in front of either goal was to report, also the four minutes added time produced only one last chance for Rebic who hit an attempt from decent position over the bar.
Next up is the home match against Werder Bremen on Friday evening (20.30 CET), another chance for the Eagles to put an end to their goal draught. If they show the spirit of the recent matches that goal will come.