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Eintracht lost their second match against Borussia Dortmund within five days. Aubameyang (10’, 21’), Lewandowski (47’, PEN) and Jojic scored on the hosts side.
Alex Meier, Basti Oczipka and Martin Lanig (right to left)
The team was changed in comparison to Tuesday’s DFB Cup match on four positions. With seven games this February Armin Veh gave Rode and Zambrano a rest, also because he did not want to risk match bans for the important next Bundesliga match against Werder Bremen. Hence, Lanig and Anderson made the starting formation. In addition Rosenthal and Weis made it into the starting line-up instead of Kadlec and Flum who was missing due to an injury.
The first ten minutes were dominated by Dortmund. Last year’s Champions League finalists put Eintracht under a lot of pressure with their fast combinations. Djakpa cleared for the Eagles after Mikhitaryan managed to put the ball past Kevin Trapp. Unfortunately Dortmund’s second try to score made it into the goal. This time Mikhitaryan passed the ball to Aubameyang who scored for Dortmund (10’). Just ten minutes later the Eagles had to take the second hit. After a corner, it was again Aubameyang who scored from close distance (21’).
After the two early goals it took the Eagles some time to fight their way back into the game. With 30 minutes gone Djakpa tried to score with a direct free kick which was saved by Weidenfeller. On top of everything, Bamba Anderson who had his first start in the second half of the season, had to quit due to an injury. He was replaced by Marc-Oliver Kempf (33’). Compared to the high-speed match of the first twenty minutes the game slowed down a little bit towards the end of the first half. Dortmund took off some pressure so that Eintracht came closer to Borussia’s goal. Nonetheless BVB remained dangerous with some counter attacks. On Eintracht’s side Meier came closest to score with some decent chances.
Eintracht knew that it would only take one goal to be back in the game. Unfortunately these plans were already destroyed after a couple of seconds into the second half. Lewandowski was slightly pushed by Djakpa in the penalty zone, the referee awarded a penalty to Dortmund. Lewandowski took the penalty kick himself and put the ball into the net (47’).
After this early blow, it was almost be impossible to gain points in this match. Schröck came for Tobias Weis in the 54th minute. This meant that the Eagles would stick to their offensive tactic. However, it also opened up space for Borussia. After 67 minutes it got even worse: Milos Jojic scored for Dortmund after being in the game for just 17 seconds. Now it was clear that the game was over. Meanwhile Bastian Oczipka, who was back on the bench after his injury, had come on for Djakpa (72’). Dortmund remained dangerous but left out a few good chances to score.
After the second defeat in the second half of the season, the Eagles face very important matches in the next weeks. On Thursday Eintracht will play their first leg against FC Porto in the Europa League, followed by the important games against Werder Bremen and VfB Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.