First home win of the season
Eintracht Frankfurt registered a comfortable 4-1 victory against Hannover 96 on Bundesliga Matchday 6, the Eagles' first home win of the campaign.
In front of 46,300 fans at the Commerzbank-Arena, Evan Ndicka's first Bundesliga goal and a strike from Ante Rebic gave Eintracht a two-goal cushion at the interval. The Eagles continued to impress in the second half, with efforts from Jonathan De Guzman and Luka Jovic either side of Florent Muslija's consolation securing an eventual 4-1 triumph. Buoyed by the victory, Adi Hütter's men next welcome SS Lazio on Thursday in their second UEFA Europa League Group H fixture.
Personnel: Hütter makes five changes
Hütter made five changes to the side that lost 3-1 to Borussia Mönchengladbach in midweek, handing first starts of the season to Allan Souza and Rebic in attacking midfield and stand-in captain Marco Russ – who made his 300th Bundesliga appearance – in defence. Elsewhere, Lucas Torró and De Guzman returned in midfield.
First half: Ndicka with personal landmark
Those fresh legs meant the Eagles began brightly at the Commerzbank Arena, with Rebic a constant menace to the Hannover defence. Although Eintracht initially struggled to turn their pressure into chances, Ndicka took advantage of lax marking in the 36th minute to volley home from close range for his first Bundesliga goal. Ten minutes later, in first-half injury time, Sébastien Haller sent Rebic through one on one, the Croatian making no mistake with his finish underneath the onrushing Michael Esser.
Second half: De Guzman to the fore
On the hour mark, Haller and Rebic again linked up to create Eintracht's third goal: the Frenchman won his aerial duel, Rebic scampered into the box and drew the keeper before squaring for De Guzman, who duly finished into an empty net from close range. Eintracht continued to hold the visitors at arm's length and although Florent Muslija pulled one back against the run of play in the 86th minute, another substitute, Jovic, went up the other end and rounded off a memorable afternoon with a clinical finish.
Summary: Solid at the back, powerful up top
All in all it was a well-deserved first home win of the season for Hütter's side, who were better in all departments. The Eagles were well-organised and obdurate in defence, and powerful and clinical up top – particularly with Rebic in the thick of the action. The fans showed their appreciation following the full-time whistle.
Trapp – Russ, Hasebe, Ndicka – Da Costa, de Guzman, Torró, Kostic (Willems 77') – Souza, Haller (Jovic 60'), Rebic (Gacinovic 82')
1-0 Ndicka (36')
2-0 Rebic (45+1')
3-0 de Guzman (60')
3-1 Muslija (86')
4-1 Jovic (89')