Chandler double helps Eintracht brush aside Augsburg
Timothy Chandler and Filip Kostic both scored twice as Eintracht Frankfurt beat FC Augsburg 5-0 at the Commerzbank-Arena to maintain their unbeaten start to 2020.
Chandler’s powerful finish put the Eagles ahead, before the American doubled his and Eintracht’s tally with a close-range header three minutes into the second half. André Silva ended his Bundesliga goal drought soon afterwards to make it 3-0, with Kostic’s late brace rounding off a magnificent second-half performance from Adi Hütter’s charges.
Ilsanker makes debut
Head coach Hütter handed winter signing Stefan Ilsanker his full Eagles debut in one of three changes to the team that defeated Leipzig - Ilsanker’s former club - in the DFB Cup in midweek. Chandler and Dominik Kohr were restored to the side, with Makoto Hasebe, Djibril Sow and Sebastian Rode dropping to the bench.
First half: Chandler breaks Augsburg’s resistance
Eintracht had goalkeeper Kevin Trapp to thank for preventing Augsburg from taking an early lead at the Commerzbank-Arena. Florian Niederlechner’s looping ball over the top of the Eagles defence was controlled first time by Ruben Vargas, but Trapp was off his line quickly to block the forward’s shot. Philipp Max curled a free-kick wide from distance not long afterwards, before Hasebe replaced the injured David Abraham just before the half-hour mark.
The Eagles’ first meaningful opportunity of the contest came just a few minutes later, but Chandler’s header from Evan Ndicka’s cross was well saved by Augsburg goalkeeper Tomas Koubek. The in-form American made amends moments later by rifling Kohr’s through-ball past Koubek from close range, before Trapp produced a superb point-blank stop to deny Alfred Finnbogason and preserve Eintracht’s slender lead.
Second half: Kostic caps thumping victory
Hütter’s team cranked up the pressure at the beginning of the second half, with Koubek having to tip Kohr’s long-range drive over the crossbar within minutes of the restart. The 27-year-old was powerless to prevent Chandler from doubling Eintracht’s advantage from the resulting corner, as the 29-time US international nodded Kostic’s delivery into the net via the woodwork.
It was 3-0 just eight minutes later, Silva heading another Kostic cross past Koubek for his first Bundesliga goal since the 2-2 draw with Werder Bremen at the beginning of October. The Portuguese forward missed a chance to double his tally when he fired over the bar from a central position, but Kostic slotted home Almamy Toure’s low cross before converting Rode’s delivery moments later to cap a memorable night for the home supporters.
Summary: Still unbeaten in 2020
Eintracht have now won four and drawn one of their five matches since the turn of the year, putting clear daylight between themselves and the relegation zone. There is still plenty of room for improvement, but there are signs Hütter’s charges are beginning to recapture the sort of form that earned them a place in Europe for a second successive year last season. Long may it continue!
Trapp - Toure, Abraham (Hasebe 29’), Hinteregger, Ndicka - Ilsanker - Gacinovic (Rode 67’), Kohr - Chandler, Kostic - Silva (Paciencia 84’)
1-0 Chandler (37’)
2-0 Chandler (48’)
3-0 Silva (55’)
4-0 Kostic (89’)
5-0 Kostic (90’)