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The Eagles picked up three points in a tight match against Borussia Mönchengladbach! Joselu scored the match winning goal (16’).
Joselu strikes again!
Eintracht manager Armin Veh made no changes to the starting line-up of last weekend’s match away to Nürnberg. Skipper Pirmin Schwegler was still out with a heavy flu hence Lanig, Russ, Flum and Barnetta started in midfield once again with Joselu and Aigner up front – a 4-4-2 formation.
Little action was to report in the opening 15 minutes of the match; both teams were at level and tried to get hold of their game. Barnetta had a first decent shot after a long ball of Jung, over the bar though (12’). Minutes later Aigner picked up a defensive header and sent off Joselu with a neat through ball; “Lu” shrugged off Stranzl and was through on goal and put the ball past ter STegen with a cool finish (16’) – 1-0 Eintracht! At that stage he was involved in five of SGE’s last seven goals.
Mönchengladbach did not hold back but created hardly any scoring opportunities; Eintracht tried to gain possession and grab hold of the match. It then was Djakpa who had a decent run and cut into the box but misplaced his attempt (23’). Kruse volleyed the ball towards the Eintracht goal but Trapp was at hand (27’); from the following corner SGE started a counter attack via Barnetta and Jung, the good cross in of Lanig did not find a team mate though.
Eintracht showed some slick passing and quick-minded moves, yet the final pass or touch didn’t succeed. Another skillful attack by SGE via Barnetta and Aigner ended up with Joselu in the box who missed the goal by inches (37') – a great chance! Marco Russ picked up his fifth booking of the season (45’) and will miss next match. There were a few half chances at either end but the half time lead stood.
Both teams restarted the match without substitutions. SGE picked up right away and pushed forward pressing into Gladbach’s half. Lanig came charging down the right flank and was stopped by Daems with a foul, the latter was booked for the challenge (50’). Kruse had a good chance when set up at the edge of the box, his shot went just wide (56’). There was not too much action in the next ten minutes; Gladbach picked up a couple of far range free-kicks, the second one was put wide by Arango (67’).
Then Eintracht had a double chance, both Djakpa and Barnetta had a go from long range positions, ter Stegen was at hand both times (75’). The Eagles were the more active team but Gladbach remained a threat, with a good result they would keep knocking n Europe’s door. BMG made a double substitution – Rupp and Younes came on for Arango and Korb (79’). Minutes later SGE coach Veh also made a change and brought on Kadlec who replaced Aigner (83’). Borussia came forward pushing for the equalizer, a few nervy situations had to be overcome in the last minutes of the match. Stendera came on for Barnetta in another late substitution (88’).
The officials gave four minutes added time, the 48,000 wondered why; there had been hardly any free-kicks. Celozzi came on for Djakpa who had shown a spirited performance (90’+2). BMG came pushing but in the end the 1-0 home win stood! It was a great achievement for the Eagles to win this match against a team pushing for European competition. SGE are now 11th with an eight point cushion towards relegation play-off spot 16. Next up is the match away to Wolfsburg on Saturday at 15.30 CET.
Well done, lads!!!