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The wait for SGE's first league home win in 2013/14 continues after today's 1-1 draw against 1. FC Nürnberg. Kadlec opened the score (50'), FCN came back late with only four minutes to go (Drmic 86').
Scored again: Vaclav Kadlec (right)
Alex Meier returned to the starting line up after being out for several weeks with a torn muscle. He replaced Inui while Oczipka started as the left defender again and Djakpa stayed on the bench this time.
The Eagles dominated the first 45 minutes with plenty of ball possession and far more goal attempts than Nürnberg who managed just one single shot by a Kiyotake free-kick late into the match (38'). At the other end scoring opportunities of Kadlec, Anderson, Aigner and a well taken free-kick of Barnetta either missed the target or were saved by FCN keeper Schäfer - amongst others.
SGE were the more active and more trying team while Nürnberg focused on avoidce of conceding goals and hardly went forward. Still Eintracht did not manage to outplay them and their chances were not pressing enough. At the end of the first half Eintracht recorded 72% ball possession and 8-1 shots. Kevin Trapp had a quiet day at the office up until the half time break.
Five minutes into the second half SGE managed a neat build up via Anderson and Meier, the latter set up Kadlec with a great throughball and the Czech internationally converted from inside the box with a cool finish - 1-0 Eintracht (50')! But despite the relief of the goal against a tough to break FCN defense the Eagles then did not push enough for the second goal allowing the guests to get back into the match.
Niklas Stark fired away from outside the box and hit the cross-bar (60'), Kevin Trapp would most likely have been beaten. FCN grabbed hold of the game more and more while Eintracht held back waiting to go forward on counter attacks. They recorded a few half chances but once again a late equalizer dampened all hopes for the first home win this season. Drmic was set up by Mak with a throughball and left Trapp without a chance: 1-1 (86'). It was an unnecessary equalizer - again a late one - and it continues a spooky series.
Eintracht have conceded late equalizers on various occasions this season, and most of them came with five or four minutes to go. Plus most of the opponents they drew against had just installed a new manager before meeting the Eagles:
Surely this is not a run the team or fans would like to continue with. On the other hand Eintracht are unbeaten in the last five league games and lost only three of their 15 competitive matches this season. Coming up is the Europa League match at home against Maccabi Tel Aviv on Thursday (kick-off at 21.05 CET).