Eagles beaten 3-1 in Dortmund
Eintracht Frankfurt were beaten on a Friday for the first time in 11 games on Matchday 3, going down 3-1 at Borussia Dortmund in the Matchday 3 curtain-raiser.
In front of a near capacity crowd of 81,000 in Dortmund, Sébastien Haller’s third goal of the season (68’) cancelled out Abdou Diallo’s first-half opener (36’), only for former Eintracht star Marius Wolf to put BVB back in front four minutes later. Paco Alcacer struck late on (88’) to complete the scoring and lift Borussia back to the top of the Bundesliga table, for the time being at least.
Personnel: Fabián returns
Marco Fabián was handed his first Bundesliga start of the season at the Signal Iduna Park. The Mexico international, who last featured for the Eagles in the Supercup defeat to Bayern Munich, came into the side in place of Nicolai Müller. Head coach Adi Hütter made two further changes in defence, opting for Simon Falette and Evan Ndicka in place of the suspended Jetro Willems and the injured Carlos Salcedo.
First half: Lady Luck shines on Dortmund
Goalscoring opportunities were at a premium in the first half, with Eintracht harrying their opponents at every opportunity and preventing BVB midfielders Thomas Delaney and Mahmoud Dahoud from dictating the rhythm of the game. The Yellow-Blacks defended just as resolutely, however, making it difficult for Eintracht to regularly test Roman Bürki in the Borussia goal. The Switzerland international saved a fierce Filip Kostic effort after just six minutes, before Dortmund fortuitously took the lead from a set-piece. Marco Reus’ corner from the left landed at the feet of Diallo, who prodded the ball past Kevin Trapp after the Eagles’ keeper had parried the defender’s initial header.
Second half: Eintracht not level for long
The second period began in similar fashion to the first. Eintracht created the first clear-cut opening of the half after 68 minutes - and this time they struck gold. Danny Da Costa’s cross was deflected into the path of Haller, who turned and slotted past Bürki to make it 1-1. BVB struck back almost immediately, though, Jadon Sancho escaping his marker on the right-hand side and laying the ball off for Wolf to fire past Trapp. Another Wolf effort was turned away to safety three minutes from time, but substitute Alcacer scored from the resulting corner to end the Eagles’ hopes of a route back into the game.
Summary: Ruthless BVB take their chances
There was no faulting the effort and application of Hütter’s players, who looked dangerous in the final third. The hosts held their nerve following Haller’s equaliser, however, with Sancho and Alcacer playing a crucial role in securing all three points for Borussia.
Trapp - Da Costa, Abraham, Ndicka, Falette - Torró (Müller 84’), Fernandes (de Guzman 63’) - Fabián (Jovic 63’), Gacinovic, Kostic - Haller
1-0 Diallo (36’)
1-1 Haller (68’)
2-1 Wolf (72’)
3-1 Alcacer (88’)