Eintracht beat Luzern 3-1
Daichi Kamada, Sébastien Haller and Goncalo Paciencia were on target as Eintracht beat FC Luzern 3-1 in front of 1,867 supporters in their final Uhrencup encounter.
Eintracht, who lost 5-1 to Young Boys in their tournament opener on Wednesday, started the game with a spring in their step and were soon rewarded for their early dominance with two well-taken goals. Danny da Costa was the provider on both occasions, crossing for Kamada to slot home (8’) before supplying an inch-perfect cross for Haller’s header nine minutes later. Luzern goalkeeper Marius Müller prevented the Frenchman from making it 3-0 soon afterwards as the much-improved Eagles continued to dominate possession. The Swiss side clawed their way back into the match in the closing stages of the first half, however, reducing the arrears through Idriz Voca on 44 minutes.
Adi Hütter’s charges began the second half strongly without creating an abundance of clear-cut chances. The Eagles were largely untroubled in defence - which was marshalled superbly by stand-in skipper Marco Russ - while in attack they continued to threaten the Luzern rearguard. Filip Kostic sent a fierce effort narrowly off target before seeing another shot tipped onto the post moments later (61’). Paciencia eventually restored Eintracht’s two-goal lead on 71 minutes, slotting home Kostic’s cutback to finish off a flowing move down the left-hand side. Dejan Joveljic had a chance to make it 4-1 soon afterwards, but Müller got a strong hand to the 19-year-old’s goal-bound effort from the edge of the box.
Adi Hütter after the match: “Our performance was completely different to Wednesday’s game. The lads accepted the criticism and we raised the bar in training. The players were a lot sharper today. We have a long way to go but we’re on the right track. Conditions at the training camp were fantastic overall. It was the right decision to take part in the Uhrencup.”
First half: Rönnow – Tuta, Hasebe, Willems – Stendera, de Guzman – da Costa, Durm – Kamada – Rebic, Haller.
Second half: Rönnow – Toure, Russ, Ndicka – Kohr, Torró – Chandler, Kostic – Gacinovic – Paciencia, Joveljic.
1-0 Kamada (8’)
2-0 Haller (17’)
2-1 Voca (44’)
3-1 Paciencia (76’)