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Czech international Vaclav Kadlec struck twice for Eintracht in their 3-0 victory over Werder Bremen. The youngster's double (14’, 34’) – coupled with an own goal by Prödl (77’) – was enough to secure the away win in front of 40,060 spectators.
That's how we like to see them: The Eintracht players celebrate a goal in Bremen
Werder Bremen may legitimately be called one of Eintracht’s favourite opponents. There is no Bundesliga side that lost more often to the Eagles than Bremen. Before today’s match, Werder were defeated by Frankfurt 30 times.
Now, it’s 31.
Yet, things didn’t look too well for Eintracht when the match started. Due to injuries, Eintracht coach Armin Veh was not able to send key players Schwegler and Meier on the pitch. Rosenthal was missing, too, while Flum at least could claim a place on the subs’ bench. This was the chance for new signing Barnetta, who recently joined from Schalke 04 and immediately debuted as part of the starting line-up. Also, Oczipka and Jung, today’s team captain, replaced Djakpa and Schröck as full-backs, with Rode taking Flum’s spot as midfielder.
Veh’s choice could have been worse. After the match was a quarter of an hour old, Eintracht showed a wonderful move, ending in Oczipka crossing the ball to Kadlec, whose right footed shot from very close range hit the back of the net – 1-0 for Eintracht (14’). After a moment of shock for the Frankfurt supporters – Bremen hit the post after a corner by Hunt (22’) – di Santo unintentionally kicked Oczipka in the face. Referee Brych red-carded the Argentine footballer for this mishap, a firm but appropriate decision (26’). Frankfurt’s left defender bleeded, but was able to continue the match after medical treatment.
With one man down, Bremen’s goal deficit increased. Excelling Japanese international Inui, whose pass completion rate was higher than 90%, crossed the ball to Jung. From Jung, the leather found its way to Kadlec who had no trouble heading it in – 2-0 (34’). It was Kadlec’s third goal in his third match for Eintracht, and things started to look good for Frankfurt. However, just before the half time whistle, Elia missed a great opportunity to get one back (44’). Lucky Eintracht!
The second half saw Bremen bracing themselves against the imminent defeat, obtaining a golden chance when referee Brych awarded a penalty kick to them after Hunt’s feet were touched lightly by Russ. The player fouled took the penalty, but Hunt’s shot was saved by Frankfurt’s ever-reliable goalkeeper, Kevin Trapp (58’).
With the clock ticking down, Bremen’s defeat was finally sealed in the 77th minute. Jung crossed the ball in the middle of the box, where Bremen’s defender Prödl attempted to clear it but instead scored an own goal – 3-0. That was it for Bremen, who had left no stone unturned, but finally had to admit defeat against a superior Frankfurt side. Congrats, Eagles!