Eagles keep cup dream alive
Eintracht Frankfurt are through to the semi-finals of the DFB Cup following a 2-0 win at home to SV Werder Bremen on Wednesday night, with André Silva and Daichi Kamada scoring the goals.
In a physical if unspectacular contest at the Commerzbank-Arena, it was the Eagles who emerged victorious thanks to Silva’s penalty in first-half stoppage time and Kamada’s strike on the hour mark.
Personnel: One enforced change
Head coach Adi Hütter made a solitary alteration to the team that started in Friday’s rearranged UEFA Europa League second leg at FC Salzburg. Sebastian Rode was ruled out through a stomach bug, so Timothy Chandler was recalled to the starting line-up as Hütter reverted to a 4-2-3-1 formation.
First half: Deadlock broken after penalty drama
Both sides went for it in the early stages, albeit without creating any clear-cut opportunities. Eintracht had the first sight on goal when Kamada pounced on a defensive error and teed up Silva, but he couldn’t quite connect with the ball. The next real opportunity didn’t arrive until the 32nd minute, when Martin Hinteregger volleyed inches wide from a corner.
Hütter’s men were having the better of the play at this point but it was the visitors who created the clearest chances, Davie Selke and Maximilian Eggestein forcing good saves from Kevin Trapp. It looked as though the two teams would go in level at the break, but then one minute of stoppage time became seven as referee Felix Zwayer was alerted by the video assistant to a handball inside the penalty area that seemingly nobody had spotted. After studying the monitor, Zwayer pointed to the spot and Silva kept his nerve to give Eintracht the lead with his third goal in two games.
Second half: Kamada completes scoring
The second period got off to a fairly quiet start, with the Eagles happy to let Bremen come at them more but restricting the visitors to long-range efforts. The second goal, like the first, then came at an ideal time with 60 minutes on the clock. The move started and finished with Kamada, who won the ball in midfield before tucking away a trademark left-wing cross from Filip Kostic.
That goal effectively ended the contest, with Bremen trying their best to get a goal back but rarely penetrating the Eintracht defence, who manfully stood up to everything that came their way. The Eagles had a good chance to put the cherry on the cake when the excellent Stefan Ilsanker – whose bandage on his head symbolised his commitment – won the ball and played in Silva, whose shot was deflected over. The only stain on the Eagles’ copybook was when Kostic was sent off for a foul on Ömer Toprak, but the 10 men in white held on.
Summary: Comfortable win in the end
The Eagles were not at their free-flowing best but they did not need to be against a struggling Werder Bremen outfit. The SGE defence were largely solid and on the rare occasions they were breached, Trapp was on hand to keep the ball out. Although there was an element of luck about the opening goal, in the end it was a comfortable victory for Eintracht, who are in the cup semi-finals for the third time in four years.
Trapp – Toure, Abraham, Hinteregger, Ndicka – Ilsanker, Sow – Chandler (da Costa 77’), Kamada (Kohr 82’), Kostic – Silva (Paciencia 90’)
1-0 Silva (45+6‘ pen)
2-0 Kamada (60‘)