The Eagles impressed once again holding title holders and double winners Borussia Dortmund to a 3-3 draw. In a tantalizing encounter this sell-out match did not disappoint in a single minute. After an awkward goal by Piszczek (25’) and another one by Reus (28’) it looked like a walk in the park for the champions going into the break with a two goal lead. But Eintracht came back forcefully equalizing within only six minutes into the second half with goals of Aigner (49’) and Inui (51’). Another three minutes later Götze scored (54’) and it looked like the favourites would carry this one home. But Bamba Anderson headed in a neat Oczipka cross for SGE to go even (73’).
Eintracht went into the match with skipper Pirmin Schwegler in the starting 11 who had been in doubt since suffering from a laceration after a clash with Hanno Balitsch in the match last Friday against Nürnberg. And Eintracht’s captain had a hell of a match showing dominance and calm despite his handicap of various stitches to his eye brow. Olivier Occean was out and Jimmy Hoffer started up front, other than that there were no changes to the line-up that had started the first four successful matches.
Takashi Inui had a first go after only two minutes but his shot went wide. It was an even start to the match with Eintracht having most of the ball possession and it was obvious that this was an encounter of two capable teams in terms of attacking. Dortmund took the lead from a double deflected Piszczek shot after 25 minutes – an unlucky way to concede a goal. Only four minutes later Reus added another, with a crisp finish from the edge of the box (29’). It was a sudden two goal deficit for SGE to cope with but they did well to keep going for it. A Meier free-kick, an Inui run and a blocked Jung volley showed Eintracht’s will to maybe somehow turn the match. Dortmund also came forward with a Blaszczykowski attempt but keeper Trapp showed skill once again and denied BVB the third goal.
SGE came back into the second half with power and will – first Aigner hammered in an Inui set-up to make it 1-2 (49’) and minutes later Inui himself headed in an Aigner cross (51’) – it was all even again! The electric 51,500 crowd were still recovering from this remarkable comeback when Götze who had only come in at the break scored from close range (54’).
But a spirited Eintracht team didn’t give up and after a couple of hairy situations the offensive tactics paid off when Anderson headed in a perfect cross of Ozcipka – 3-3 (73’)! Dortmund kept coming and it was a tight affair but with a little luck and plenty of passion skipper Schwegler and his team managed to hold the champions to a draw. What a hell of a ride – the Eagles are now unbeaten in 5 matches after getting promoted. And the fans are in Bundesliga heaven.