Eintracht Frankfurt were beaten in their 2019 Uhrencup opener, losing 5-1 to Young Boys in Biel.

With six energy-sapping training sessions already under their belt in Switzerland, Eintracht played their first game of the 2019 Uhrencup against Young Boys on Wednesday evening. The Swiss champions controlled the match for large parts, emerging comfortable 5-1 winners at the Tissot Arena.

Head coach Adi Hütter fielded a different team in each half, starting the encounter in a familiar 3-5-2 system with Lucas Torró as the sole holding midfielder. Timothy Chandler and Filip Kostic occupied the flanks, while Ante Rebic partnered Goncalo Paciencia in attack. Eintracht began the second period in a similar formation, with Jonathan de Guzman slotting in between defensive midfielder Dominik Kohr and the more attack-minded Daichi Kamada.

While Eintracht are still at the beginning of their pre-season regime, the 13-time Swiss champions already play their first game of the new Super League season on Sunday 21 July. Matchday 1 of the 2019/20 Bundesliga campaign is still several weeks away, but Hütter’s charges are due to return to competitive action in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League on 25 July.

SGE line-up

First half: Rönnow – Abraham, Russ, Tuta – Torro – Chandler, Kostic – Gacinovic, Stendera – Rebic, Paciencia.
Second half: Rönnow – Toure, Hasebe, Ndicka – Kohr, de Guzman – da Costa, Willems – Kamada – Joveljic, Haller.

Goals

0-1 Guillaume Hoarau (6’)
0:2 Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu (31’)
0-3 Jean-Pierre Nsame (68’)
0-4 Gianluca Gaudino (74’)
0-5 Esteban Petignat (81)
1-5 Dejan Joveljic (84’)


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