Eintracht slipped to a 3-1 defeat to regional league outfit FC Gießen in a charity match played out in front of a capacity 7,000 crowd at the Waldstadion. Erik Durm gave SGE hope with a goal to make it 2-1, but that was the end of the comeback.

Head coach Adi Hütter added five Under-19 players to his squad to make up for the 11 currently away on international duty. Gießen-born Fynn Otto was named in the starting line-up in a back three alongside David Abraham and Timothy Chandler, the latter having to come off just 25 minutes into the match after taking a knock to the head in an aerial tussle with Samuel Sesay. The defender got the all-clear from the medical staff later in the match, however. Nils Stendera played over an hour in midfield, while Nicolai Müller was part of a two-pronged attack with Goncalo Paciencia.

The 7,000 fans had little in the way of decent chances to get their teeth into in the first half. Gießen set out their stall very defensively, meaning that Eintracht barely made it into the opposition penalty area, and the 0-0 scoreline at the break was a fair reflection of this.

Eintracht came out to attack in the second half but it was the home team who took the lead courtesy of former Eagle Nico Rinderknecht (57’). The fourth-tier side then doubled their advantage eight minutes later when Rinderknecht picked up the ball and fed Marco Koch inside the box, who made no mistake. Eintracht halved the deficit through Durm (75’), but Samir Benamar restored the two-goal lead soon after (78’) with a beautiful free-kick from 25 metres out. Eintracht threw everything forward late on but the score remained 3-1 to Gießen at the final whistle. The Eagles now have three days off before coming back on Monday to start preparations for the Bundesliga match against Leverkusen.

Meanwhile, Minister for the Interior Peter Beuth and the Hessen Regional Sports Council were delighted to receive a cheque for €40,000 at half-time on behalf of the "Sporthilfe Hessen" association.

SGE line-up:

Wiedwald – Chandler (Irorere 25’), Abraham, Otto – Fernandes – Kohr, Nils Stendera (Cakar 64’) – da Costa, Durm – Müller (Molenaar 64’), Paciencia


1-0 Rinderknecht (57’)

2-0 Koch (65’)

2-1 Durm (75’)

3-1 Benamar (78’)