Eintracht proceed to round 2!
The Eagles are in the next DFB-Pokal round after a 3-0 win over fourth division side TuS Erndtebrück. Following Abraham's dismissal (23') the goals were scored by Chandler (35'), Gacinovic (72'), Haller (77') witnessed by a crowd of 13,106.
Eintracht coach Niko Kovac made five changes in his starting line-up compared to last Sunday's friendly against FSV Frankfurt. Abraham, Gacinovic, Hasebe, Russ and Tawatha returned to the first selection while Barkok, Besuschkow, da Costa and Willems were on the bench and Knothe not in the squad this time. With Kamada, Haller and Fernandes three summer signings had their debut for SGE in the starting 11.
Red Card & Chandler Goal
Far over 5,000 Eintracht fans had made their way to Leimbachstadion in Gießen on this rainy Saturday afternoon. A first chance fell to Haller who was set up by Hasebe's throughball, his attempt was off target though (11'). While Erndtebrück made life difficult for the Eagles, SGE controlled the match but had to be careful as the hosts stood deep, looking to come forward on fast breaks.
Then David Abraham brought down an Erndtebrück attacker with a challenge, referee Kempkes sent Abraham off with a straight Red Card as he was last man in the defending line (23'). TuS nearly took advantage with a good chance from the following free-kick but the attempt went over the bar (25'). At the other end Haller had a couple of good chances, both went off target though.
After a good attack down the left with a Tawatha run and cross, a flick-on of Haller was followed up by Timmy Chandler who had a go from just inside the box and left TuS goalkeeper Aubele with no chance, it was 1-0 to the Eagles (35')! The 1-0 lead stood at the break.
Niko Kovac made a substitution shortly after the re-start, Marius Wolf came on for Branimir Hrgota (49'). It was a fairly even match as the Eagles held back a little being one man down, Erndtebrück here and there came forwardd and had a good attempt of Nishiya which went over the bar (61').
Then Haller set up Gacinovic in the box, he was one on one with the goalkeeper and hit the back of the net with a neat chip - 2-0 Eintracht (72')! And Haller himself topped up the lead shortly later, Willems had found him with a decent pass, the 3-0 lead was now comfortable for the Eagles (77').
The hosts did well to still keep coming forward and they had a couple of good attempts from long distance, both off target. Jovic was the last sub to come on, he replaced Haller shortly before the final whistle (88'). After all it was a deserved win for SGE who proceed to the next round, the draw will be held next weekend.