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A very entertaining matchday 13 encounter in the sold-out Commerzbank-Arena between Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke 04 ended in a draw (3-3). After having been down by two goals, Eintracht turned the match around, only to concede a late goal once again. The back of the net was found by Flum (own goal, 14'), Matip (18') und Höwedes (86') for Schalke. Flum (56') and Joselu (60', 68') netted in for Eintracht.
Scored a brace: Eintracht striker Joselu
Eintracht manager Armin Veh changed his team on several positions. Due to injuries of Anderson and Meier, Lanig and Joselu found themselves in the starting formation. The same applies to Zambrano. After having served his yellow card suspension, he formed the central defense together with Marco Russ. Inui went on the subĺs bench.
Eintracht got off to a good start. Kadlec, Lanig and Flum had the chance to score in the first 15 minutes, but failed to get the ball across the goal line. Then, the 14th minute showed how Eintracht are currently pursued by bad luck. Despite being the better team, Schalke took the lead after an own goal by Flum. The defender tried to clear a cross by Uchida but unfortunately, he headed it in, leaving goalkeeper Trapp no chance to prevent the mishap. Four minutes later Schalke increased their lead after a header by Matip. Hence, the score line at half time saw Eintracht being down by two goals (0-2).
But in the second half, like a phoenix from the ashes, Eintracht managed to turn the game around. After a free kick by Barnetta, which Schalke were not able to clear, Flum headed the ball into the goal and made up for his own goal in the first half (1-2). Eintracht was back in the match now! Flum scored another goal which, unfortunately but correctly, did not count due to an offside position. When the match was one hour old, Joseluĺs big moments came. The Spanish striker levelled the match after a cross by Jung (2-2). Eight minutes later, Joselu even scored the 3-2 lead for Eintracht by taking a brilliantly aimed shot into the left corner of the goal.
Was that winning goal? Unfortunately no. The 86th minute is jinxed for Eintracht this season! H÷wedes managed to get the ball after some confusion in the penalty box and tied the game again for the final score of 3-3.
Nevertheless, the Eagles can be proud of their comeback after being down 0-2. If they continue on this path, they will overcome the curse of conceding goals in the final minutes as well.