Nicolai Müller scored late in the second half to earn Eintracht Frankfurt a 1-1 draw with Real Salt Lake in the first friendly of the Eagles’ US tour.

Head coach Adi Hütter, who set his team up in a 4-1-4-1 formation that included trialist Allan Souza, will be satisfied with Eintracht’s display at a sun-drenched Rio Tinto Stadium. There was little to choose between the two sides for the majority of the encounter, but Müller’s late header salvaged a richly deserved draw for Frankfurt.

Hosts make flying start

Both teams went close to breaking the deadlock in an entertaining opening period, but it was the hosts who struck first on ten minutes when Andrew Brody side-footed past goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald from point-blank range. Wiedwald pulled off a fine save at the feet of Luis Silva moments later, before Mijat Gacinovic fired just wide after getting on the end of Danny da Costa’s teasing cross from the right flank. A last-ditch tackle denied Jetro Willems soon afterwards as the Eagles went into half-time a goal down.

Torró makes Eagles debut

Hütter made ten changes at the start of the second period, with only Wiedwald lasting the full 90 minutes in Salt Lake City. Recent signing Lucas Torró was also handed his Eagles debut, coming on in place of holding midfielder Jonathan de Guzman. Eintracht began to dominate proceedings after the restart, with Branimir Hrgota unfortunate not to get a touch on Marc Stendera’s wicked left-wing cross (53’). Hrgota saw another effort blocked with 13 minutes remaining but Müller rescued a draw in stoppage time, rising unmarked to head Danny Blum’s corner into the back of the net.

Eintracht line-up:

Wiedwald - da Costa (Chandler 46’), Russ (Knothe 46’), Beyreuther (Falette 46’), Willems (Tawatha 46’) - de Guzman (Torró 46’) - Kamada (Müller 46’), Allan (Stendera 46’), Besuschkow (Cavar 46’), Gacinovic (Blum 46’) - Haller (Hrgota 46’)

Goals:

1-0 Brody (10’)
1-1 Müller (90’)



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