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The wait for the first home win in 2013/14 continues. SGE lost their match against Wolfsburg 2-1 and they did so by conceding late again. Goals by Anderson (o.g. 2’), Meier (35’) and Arnold (82’).
Low spirits after the match
Eintracht manager Armin Veh made a couple of changes in the starting line-up: Sebastian Jung was out with an injury and replaced by Stefano Celozzi, also Johannes Flum came into the team instead of Stefan Aigner. The Eagles started in a 4-4-2 formation with Barnetta pulling the strings in midfield and Meier featuring alongside Kadlec at the front.
Only 40 seconds into the game Meier was through on goal but his chip was easily caught by Wolfsburg keeper Benaglio. The following attack of the Wolves resulted in their lead – Diego set up ex Eintracht skipper Ochs on the right, his cross went in from Anderson’s attempt to clear the ball for a corner – 1-0 to VfL with an own goal (2’).
Going behind so early made SGE struggle to gain control and their match plan was overthrown. Wolfsburg was a threat on the break – Perisic (7’), Medojevic (11’) and Olic (18’) all had attempts without extending their lead. At the other end the hosts created hardly any chances but over the course of the first half got back into the match with a more physical game and focusing on duels and tackles.
It didn’t come as a surprise that SGE equalized from a dead ball situation. Flum was brought down outside the box in a central position, around 20 meters in front of the Wolfsburg goal. Meier hit a perfect direct free-kick and curled it into the right corner of the box – 1-1 (35’)! It was Meier’s 51st goal for SGE, he is now 6th in the club’s all-time top scorers ranking.
VfL also tried it with a Naldo free-kick but that was aimed directly at Eintracht keeper Trapp who had no issues to control the ball (39’). Eintracht had more imminent chances to go a goal up but both Anderson with a header and Meier from close range were not able to get the ball past Benaglio – the even score line stood at the break.
The Eagles came out of the changing rooms with a different body language and attitude. As a result they won various corners, mostly hit by Tranquillo Barnetta. A second ball situation ended up with Celozzi who hit a fine cross into the box and found Meier – his header was well placed but denied by Benaglio with a fine save (48’). VfL stayed deep in their half waiting to come forward on the break while SGE attempted to control the game and find the gap in Wolfsburg’s defending lines.
After around 60 the match had calmed down to some extend as the Eagles did not find their way through the well-organized defense of Wolfsburg. There were little to no scoring opportunities at either end in that period. The next chance fell again to Meier who was found by a long Flum pass but his volley from close range went wide (75’).
Once again the Eagles were hit by a late shocker. When everyone seemed to settle with the draw it was again Ochs who sent in a mix of a shot and a cross from the right. Despite not aiming at anything or anyone with this action the ball fell to Arnold in front of the goal who converted from close range – 2-1 to WOB (82’). The series of conceding late goals frustratingly continues for Eintracht.
Veh brought on Lakic who shortly after being brought on was one on one with Benaglio but failed to send the ball past the keeper (86’). On top of it all defender Zambrano received his 5th booking of the season and will miss the next league match. It was a heavy blow to give this match away with minutes to go and it means that SGE stay in the lower table regions, currently 14th with a couple of matches still going ahead on Sunday. Coming up are the Europa League match away to Maccabi on Thursday and the match away to Mainz 05 on Sunday.