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The Eagles won the important away game against Nürnberg. On Eintracht's side Barnetta (21'), Joselu (49', 88'), Madlung (53') and Kadlec (90'+2) scored. Drmic (64') and Campana (72') scored for FCN.
Eintracht striker Joselu scored twice today
At the outset of this match Nürnberg was only three points behind the Eagles. On the other hand, a victory against Nürnberg would mean for Eintracht to draw level with Hannover and Bremen as well as a six-point distance to the relegation play-off slot. For both teams a good result was of utmost importance. Nürnberg had a great start into the second half of the season, but lost the last three games. The Eagles missed to score important points during their previous games against Hamburg and Freiburg. With a victory in Nürnberg they could regain some of the lost ground.
Alexander Meier and Sebastian Jung were injured during last week’s game against Freiburg. While Jung recovered in time, Meier was forced to pause. On top of this, Eintracht captain Pirmin Schwegler was struck down with flu, so that manager Armin Veh had to make some changes in the starting line-up by nominating Tranquillo Barnetta and Martin Lanig. Fortunately, Carlos Zambrano was back after the suspension following his tenth yellow card.
Both teams started off cautious and had their priorities in keeping the other team far away from their goal. The game had a lot of fouls in the midfield area. Hence, it was a free kick that led to Eintracht’s first chance. Barnetta kicked the ball into the penalty box area. Despite no one touching it, Nürnberg goalie Raphael Schäfer was surprised that the ball came onto his goal, but saved in the very last moment. Fifteen minutes into the game Nürnberg had their first good chance to take the lead in this game. Frantz passed the ball to Pekhart, who beat Eintracht goalie Kevin Trapp but the ball only hit the outside of the net.
In the first twenty minutes 40,079 fans in Nürnberg’s Grundig Arena saw a very intensive match, in which both teams’ medical staff had to intervene. On Eintracht’s side Carlos Zambrano needed treatment. Nürnberg’s Ondrej Petrak was even forced off and had to be substituted by Hanno Ballitsch. Fortunately, the Eagles came out of this first part of the game with the upper hand by taking the lead. Emanuel Pogatetz tried to pass the ball from Nürnberg’s half, but was blocked by Stefan Aigner on the right-hand side of the field. Aigner quickly passed to Barnetta who managed to put the ball in the back of the net from six meters distance (21’).
The Eagles gained confidence from the 1-0 lead and were now in control of the game. On Nürnberg’s side, Drmic had the chance to score with a header but put the ball half a meter to the right of the goal. A few seconds before the first half was over Eintracht had a good chance to extend their lead. After a great cross from Constant Djakpa it was again Barnetta who headed the ball, but was denied by Schäfer.
The beginning of the second half was completely different from the cautious start of the first. In their first exchanges both teams tried to get in front of the goal as soon as possible. Two quick strikes helped the Eagles to get on track for their first away win in the second half of the season. The assist for the second goal came again from Aigner, passing from the right side of the penalty box to Joselu, who slammed the ball into the goal from 11 meters distance (49’). And then, only seconds after the 2-0 lead, the Eagles scored again. After a cross from Barnetta, Schäfer denied a header from Lanig. The rebound landed in front of Madlung’s feet who scored the third goal of the day (53’).
Ten minutes into the second half of the game no one seemed to doubt that the Eagles would travel back to Frankfurt as the winning team. However, with nothing left to loose Nürnberg started to put the Eagles under a lot of pressure and scored in the 63rd minute. Drmic elegantly got a hold of the ball and put it past Kevin Trapp into the top right corner of the net (64’). For Eintracht this goal came too early since Nürnberg regained confidence. Despite still being up by two goals, the Eagles seemed intimidated. Nürnberg now felt that they still had a chance to turn the game around and, consequently, scored their second goal. Campana hammered the ball into the goal from 26 meters distance (72’).
At this point of the game, with almost twenty minutes left, the first order of business was to regain control. The Eagles managed well to keep Nürnberg from getting in front of the goal again. Then, a red card for Pinola in the 80th minute following a professional foul put an end to Nürnberg’s attacks. Joselu was fouled just inches before the penalty box by Nürnberg’s left back. This incidence dealt a decisive blow to Nürnberg’s attempts and put the Eagles back in charge. Joselu scored his second goal of the game after Schäfer saved a shot from Vaclav Kadlec (88’). Seconds before the game was over, Vaclav Kadlec scooped the ball into the net for the final score of 5-2! (90’+2)
After this important win against a direct opponent, the Eagles have not much time to rest. The next match is already on Wednesday (20.00 CET) at home against Borussia Mönchengladbach.