Eintracht beaten in Philadelphia
Eintracht Frankfurt slipped to a narrow defeat in the second friendly of their pre-season US tour, losing 1-0 to Philadelphia Union despite creating the better chances.
Head coach Adi Hütter fielded a different formation for the third successive game, setting his side up in a 4-2-3-1 system at a packed Talen Energy Stadium. The Eagles fashioned several opportunities to earn themselves a draw, but the hosts held on to claim the win.
Eagles fire blank
Union created the first clear-cut opportunity of the contest, Marcus Epps dragging his shot wide from the edge of the penalty area after cutting inside from the left wing (11’). Eintracht improved thereafter and went close through Nicolai Müller and Daichi Kamada, before another effort from the Japanese midfielder was blocked by a last-ditch tackle (44’). At the other end, goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald had precious little to do as the teams went into the break on level terms.
Jones nets only goal
Hütter once again changed all ten of his outfield players at the break, but the hosts made the better start to the half and took the lead when Derrick Jones broke free of the Eagles’ rearguard before slotting confidently past Wiedwald from inside the box (49’). Union continued to threaten following Jones’ goal, Keegan Rosenberry striking the woodwork from a good position (61’), but the visitors spurned a glorious opportunity to restore parity when Danny Blum dinked the ball over the crossbar after latching onto Marc Stendera’s exquisite through-ball. A free-flowing Eintracht move almost resulted in Mijat Gacinovic scoring a superb equaliser with 14 minutes remaining, but goalkeeper John McCarthy pulled off a fine save to deny the Serbian and earn his team a narrow victory.
Wiedwald - Beyreuther (Tawatha 46’), Abraham (Russ 46’), Knothe (Falette 46’), Chandler (da Costa 46’) - Torró (de Guzman 46’), Allan (Stendera 46’) - Müller (Cavar 46’), Kamada, (Blum 46’), Willems (Gacinovic 46’) - Haller (Hrgota 46’)
1-0 Jones (49’)