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Win Again: 3-1 v Union Berlin!

The Eagles stay unbeaten after winning their home match against Union Berlin 3-1. Goals were scored by Gekas (30') and Meier (37') in a first half completely dominated by Eintracht. After the break Union were on the up and came back with a goal by Quiring (75'). In a tense finish Hoffer netted the third (90') and the team moves up to the top of the league, at least temporarily.

Erwin 'Jimmy' Hoffer secured the win with his last minute goal

Armin Veh made no changes to the starting eleven, leaving both strikers Gekas and Idrissou in the team within a 4-4-2 formation. Schwegler captained the Eagles in defensive midfield. And Eintracht dominated Union straight from the start, with plenty of possession and numerous shots. Plenty of scoring opportunities happened right away from kick-off: Jung had a go after 2 minutes, his long range shot was saved by Glinker. Meier nearly scored with a testing header and a shot to the side net of the goal, also Idrissou, Schildenfeld, Köhler and Gekas tried their luck early on but to no effect. The stats showed 7-0 shots after 20 minutes already.

The defense had little to do as Union proved to be pretty much without any attacking power, Eintracht's passing was slick (90% success rate in the first half) and as a result Gekas finally opened the score after 30 minutes. Schwegler's fine pass found Djakpa on the left who crossed in, Gekas converted from close range (30'). Shortly after it was once again Eintracht's top scorer Alex Meier who headed in a Schildenfeld cross - 2-0 (37'), his 7th of the season which moved him up to be joint top scorer in Bundesliga 2. It was a well deserved lead at the break.

31,500 saw a different second half, Eintracht was less dominant and Union found their way back into the match despite the poor first 45 minutes. All of a sudden the Eagles reacted rather than putting the opponent under pressure, they defended deep in their own half and Berlin showed an improved body language. As a consequence Quiring scored in the 75th minute after a nice build up and some confusion in the Eintracht defense. It was a very tense match now with Berlin pushing for the equalizer, the Eagles struggled to get the opponent under control again.

Rode was replaced by Lehmann (81') and a little later Hoffer came on for Gekas (87'). A decisive substitution as the Austrian scored three minutes after entering the pitch from a Jung through ball (90') - 'Jimmy' Hoffer's first of the season. The goal was a relief as the last 15 minutes of the match had been difficult.

Ahead of Sunday's and Monday's matches the win moved Eintracht to the top of the standings. A powerful first half was followed by one that was strangely given up by the Eagles, thanks to Hoffer's punch in the last minute the third win in a row was in the bag after all. Once again the attacking unit proved to be a class of its own. All of Eintracht's strikers have scored now apart from youngster Alvarez who has not yet played this season, Idrissou is on 5 goals, Gekas on 4, Hoffer and Friend scored one each and Meier added 7 from offensive midfield. No other 2. Bundesliga team bagged 26 goals so far.

After the international break the Eagles will travel to Bochum on Friday the 14th of October to meet VfL who are currently ranked 12th in the standings.

Holger Ruhl 01.10.2011

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