Eintracht edged out by Columbus Crew
The Eagles closed out their 2017 U.S. Tour with a 1-0 loss against the Columbus Crew Monday night at Mapfre Stadium in Ohio.
Eintracht improved noticeably as the match progressed, particularly on offense, but ended up empty-handed despite deserving a more favourable result.
Too Live Crew
Niko Kovac made three changes to the starting XI he fielded last Friday in San Jose: replacing Marco Russ, Luka Jovic and Branimir Hrgota with Timothy Chandler, Danny Blum and Sebastien Haller. Columbus were the more aggressive side in the early stages, forcing a pair of fine saves from goalie Lukas Hradecky in the opening ten minutes.
The home side’s ambition paid off in the 26th minute when Ola Kamara finished off a Cristian Martinez shot to put the “Black and Gold” ahead. The Eagles looked for a response, but could not create enough space for Haller to do any real damage in attack.
Close, but no cigar
All that changed in the second half, however, as Eintracht were the more dominant side in the closing 45 minutes and came within striking distance on several occasions. Danny da Costa set up an absolute sitter that Haller somehow could not put away in the 63rd minute, but there was more yet to come.
That “more” came specifically from Max Besuschkow, one of five substitutes that entered the match in the second half. The 20-year-old midfielder was by far the most impressive, barely missing the equaliser in the 80th minute with a long-range blast that was just wide of the mark and, just three minutes later, forcing a close-range save from Crew ‘keeper Brad Stuver.
Despite the result, there were plenty of positives to take from Kovac’s team, who have ended the “American phase” of their pre-season and will now return home to continue their preparations for the upcoming Bundesliga campaign.
Eintracht line-up and substitutions: Hradecky – da Costa, Medojevic (75' Russ), Abraham – Chandler (75' Knothe), de Guzman (75' Besuschkow), Fernandes, Tawatha – Kamada (67' Hrgota), Haller, Blum (67' Jovic)
Columbus Crew line-up: Stuver - Williams, Crognale, Naess - Maloney, Abu, Artur, Francis - Finlay, Martinez, Jahn
Goal: Kamara (26')