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UEFA Europa League

3-0: Eintracht keep on rocking Europe

Thx to goals by Alexandrou (27’, own goal), Lakic (59’) and Jung (66’), Eintracht Frankfurt racked up an uncontested 3-0 away victory against Cyprian APOEL FC, thereby cementing their top of the league position in Europa League’s group F. Read our match report here.

Yesterday's birthday boy Srdjan Lakic replaced injured Stefan Aigner and scored Eintracht's second goal. Congrats!

On Thursday evening, Eintracht Frankfurt faced Cyprian record champion APOEL FC for a Europa League matchday 2 encounter in front of 12,000 spectators in Nicosia’s GSP stadium. Shorty before the match started, Eintracht had to substitute Stefan Aigner. The right-winger was ruled out with an injury during warm-up. Eintracht manager Armin Veh decided that yesterday’s birthday boy Srdjan Lakic should take Aigner’s spot in the starting line-up – not a bad decision, as we shall see later.

Despite this early setback, the Eagles did well in the first half, though they needed a bit of luck to find the back of the net. During the 27th minute of play, unlucky Alexandrou deflected Jung’s cross in the middle of the penalty box, leaving his goalkeeper Urko no chance to prevent the Cyprian native’s own goal.

The match continued without a lot of events that are worth mentioning. Frankfurt were in control, their strong defense frustrated the few home team’s attacking efforts.

After the match was about an hour old, Lakic’s big moment came. The Croatian striker played a one-two with fellow striker Kadlec and nutmegged Urko as he coolly extended Eintracht’s lead (59’). Only seven minutes later, Eintracht’s substitute skipper Jung killed the game as he was swift to react to Flum’s quickly taken free kick. Being in a suspiciously offside position, Jung gave Urko no chance as he scored the winning goal.

Shorty before the final whistle, substitute Benachour chucked away APOEL’s biggest chance to score the consolation goal as he shot fractionally wide.

Including today’s victory, Eintracht have won seven of the last ten competitive matches. Congrats, Eagles!

JSä 03.10.2013

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