Eintracht suffered their first defeat of 2020 on Friday evening, losing 4-0 to Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park.

Emre Can tussles for the ball with Filip Kostic, who was kept in check by Dortmund’s defence on Friday evening.
Emre Can tussles for the ball with Filip Kostic, who was kept in check by Dortmund’s defence on Friday evening.

A rare goal from Lukasz Piszczek put Borussia ahead, before second-half strikes from Jadon Sancho, Erling Haaland and Raphael Guerreiro secured an emphatic win for Lucien Favre’s side.

Personnel: Rode returns

Adi Hütter made just one change to the Eintracht team that brushed Augsburg aside on Matchday 21. Sebastian Rode, a second-half substitute in last Friday’s 5-0 victory at the Commerzbank-Arena, was reinstated in holding midfield in place of Dominik Kohr, who was joined on the substitutes bench by fit-again striker Bas Dost.

First half: Piszczek breaks Eintracht resistance

Dortmund headed into the game following back-to-back defeats in the DFB Cup and Bundesliga, but Favre’s charges were the width of a post from taking an early lead when Guerreiro’s low free-kick struck the base of the upright. There was little to separate the two teams thereafter, however, as the hosts struggled to find a way through Eintracht’s organised backline until late on in the half.

Timothy Chandler sliced a long-range effort wide of the mark in a rare foray forward for the Eagles, before Achraf Hakimi scuffed a tame shot into the arms of Kevin Trapp while under pressure from Almamy Toure. With 12 minutes of the first half remaining, Eintracht failed to properly clear Guerreiro’s cross and Piszczek took full advantage, arrowing a low shot into the bottom corner to break the deadlock.

Second half: Quickfire double seals Eagles’ fate

Hütter introduced Bas Dost for Mijat Gacinovic at half-time, but the substitution failed to have the desired effect as Sancho sidestepped David Abraham’s challenge before thumping low past Trapp to double Borussia’s lead five minutes after the restart. It was 3-0 just four minutes later, Haaland slotting home Hakimi’s cross for his eighth goal in Dortmund colours.

Axel Witsel dragged a shot wide not long afterwards, before Hakimi tried to get in on the act with a powerful effort that whistled inches over the crossbar. Guerreiro rubbed salt into Eintracht’s wounds with 16 minutes remaining, rifling a low shot past Trapp to put the seal on the Eagles’ first defeat of the calendar year.

Summary: An evening to forget

Eintracht defended well in the first half and were perhaps a little unfortunate to go into half-time a goal down, but the visitors lost their shape after the restart and can have few complaints with the result. The defeat should not detract from the Eagles’ fine start to the second half of the campaign, which they will look to transform on to the European stage when they host Salzburg on Thursday evening.

SGE line-up

Trapp - Toure, Abraham, Hinteregger, Ndicka - Gacinovic (Dost 46’), Ilsanker, Rode (Sow 78’) - Chandler, Silva (Paciencia 82’), Kostic

Goals

1-0 Piszczek (33’)
2-0 Sancho (50’)
3-0 Haaland (54’)
4-0 Guerreiro (74’)

22. Spieltag: Borussia Dortmund - Eintracht Frankfurt

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