Haller strikes late again in 2-1 win
Eintracht Frankfurt kicked off Bundesliga Matchday 11 with another last-minute win as Sébastien Haller’s 89th-minute goal earned victory over Werder Bremen.
Ante Rebic gave Eintracht the lead in the 17th minute in front of a crowd of 51,000 at the sold-out Commerzbank-Arena. Niklas Moisander equalised just eight minutes later but Sébastien Haller made it 2-1 shortly before full-time – just like he did against Stuttgart. It was the second home win of the season for Niko Kovac’s side, who go into the weekend fifth in the table ahead of the final international break of the season.
There was one change to the line-up from the 1-1 draw at Mainz. Makoto Hasebe returned after recovering from a knee problem, with Mijat Gacinovic dropping to the bench.
Hradecky stars in first half
Lukas Hradecky was tested within the opening two minutes when he saved Max Kruse’s shot from close range. The visitors dominated the opening ten minutes before Eintracht grew into the game and netted the opening goal. The ball made its way to Rebic, who fired into the far corner from the left side of the penalty area for his fourth goal of the season. Werder maintained their composure, though, and Moisander rose highest to head in the equaliser from a corner just eight minutes later. Other than an opportunity for Marius Wolf in the 29th minute, there was little action of note after that until a flurry of pressure from Werder at the end of the half. However, Hradecky pulled off three sensational saves to deny Zlatko Junuzovic (40'), Kruse (42') and Maximilian Eggestein (43').
Better late than never
Prince Boateng had the first big opportunity to take the lead after the break but his outstretched leg could not divert Jetro Willems' cross into the net. The Eagles tried to assert themselves on the game, only for Willems to be denied by Jiri Pavlenka in the 64th minute, before Wolf hit the side netting from the byline two minutes later. The tempo dropped off again after that and the match looked to be heading for a draw – until Eintracht had one more chance. In the 89th minute Taleb Tawatha crossed the ball to Haller, who volleyed a first-time effort into the roof of the net – his first shot of the match and fifth goal of the season.
Fortunate three points
After their spell of pressure before half-time, it would not have been undeserved if Bremen had gone into the break in front. Chances were few and far between in the second period and a draw would have been a fair result, but an individual moment of quality won through.
Hradecky – Willems (Tawatha, 79’), Falette, Abraham, Salcedo – Hasebe – Boateng, Stendera (Gacinovic, 67’) – Rebic (Jovic, 76’), Wolf - Haller
0-1 Rebic (17')
1-1 Moisander (25')
2-1 Haller (89')