Eagles suffer late defeat to SPAL
Eintracht Frankfurt’s second friendly of their Gais training camp ended in defeat as Adi Hütter’s side lost 2-1 to Italian top-flight outfit SPAL, despite an encouraging performance.
Impressive Haller puts Eagles in front
Hütter sent his side out in a 3-2-4-1 formation against SPAL - just as he had done against Empoli on Wednesday. There was little in the way of goalmouth action in the opening quarter of an hour, but the game sprung into life on 17 minutes when Sebastién Haller sent a header just wide from a central position. The Frenchman made amends just seven minutes later, finishing low into the bottom corner to give the Eagles the lead (24’).
Haller went close to doubling his and Eintracht’s tally soon afterwards, but the forward’s delicate chip over the onrushing goalkeeper bounced just past the far post. Even so, the Eagles appeared in total control and fully deserved their 1-0 lead at the break.
SPAL hit late winner
SGE picked up where they left off in the second half as Haller’s precise through-ball released Marco Fabián, whose shot cannoned off the inside of the post (51’). Hütter’s charges were made to rue those missed opportunities 14 minutes later when Jasmin Kurtic levelled the scores against the run of play, the Slovenian finding the bottom corner following a mis-hit clearance from Felix Wiedwald.
Hütter made numerous changes in the final 20 minutes of the contest, but his charges continued to dominate proceedings and went close to retaking the lead through Haller, who was denied by a superb stop from SPAL goalkeeper Alfred Gomis (76’). That save proved crucial as SPAL struck the winning goal deep into added time, Gabriele Moncini completing a fine move to give his side victory and condemn the Eagles to an unfortunate defeat.
Wiedwald - Abraham, Hasebe, N’Dicka (Falette 73’) - da Costa (Chandler 73’), Torró (de Guzman 73’), Fernandes (Jovic 83’), Willems (Tawatha 81’) - Fabián (Geraldes 78’), Gacinovic (Blum 78’) - Haller (Paciencia 81’)
1-0 Haller (24’)
1-1 Kurtic (65’)
1-2 Moncini (90+3’)