Late drama as Eagles slip to Dortmund defeat
Eintracht Frankfurt were beaten 3-2 by Borussia Dortmund in a thrilling contest on Sunday evening. The Eagles thought they had earned themselves a point in second-half stoppage time, but BVB struck with virtually the last kick of the game to condemn Niko Kovac’s side to defeat.
Eintracht fought back twice to level through goals from Luka Jovic and Danny Blum, but the visitors were powerless to prevent Michy Batshuayi from netting the winning goal in the fourth minute of added time at the end of the second half.
Personnel: Kovac shuffles his pack
Head coach Niko Kovac made three changes to the side that beat Hannover 1-0 last time out, recalling Kevin-Prince Boateng, Marco Russ and Carlos Salcedo to his starting XI. Jonathan de Guzman and Gelson Fernandes dropped to the bench, while Simon Fallete missed out altogether. The Eagles set up in a 3-4-2-1 formation at the Signal Iduna Park.
First half: BVB edge in front
The hosts took the game to Eintracht from the get-go and twice went close to taking the lead inside the first 10 minutes. Marco Reus volleyed wide from a tight angle (7’) before Andre Schürrle failed to hit the target from Christian Pulisic’s cross (9’). BVB eventually broke the deadlock in the 11th minute, Marco Russ sliding Pulisic’s low cross into his own net while under pressure from Reus. The Eagles defended well after that but struggled to carve out clear-cut opportunities against an organised Dortmund outfit, who took a narrow 1-0 lead into half-time.
Second half: Jovic goal not enough
Eintracht began the second period with more intent and got the goal their endeavour deserved with 15 minutes of normal time remaining when second-half substitute Jovic headied home de Guzman’s superb cross to make it 1-1. The Eagles had controlled the second half up to that point, but BVB retook the lead against the run of play when Batshuayi finished confidently past Lukas Hradecky after fine build-up play from Reus and Pulisic. Hradecky saved superbly from Batshuayi and Reus to keep SGE in the game before Eintracht restored parity for the second time in the match. Russ played in Danny da Costa, whose precise right-wing cross was slotted home by Blum. Dortmund had the last laugh, however, Batshuayi firing into the roof of the net from the edge of the penalty area to make it 3-2 in the fourth minute of second-half stoppage time.
Summary: Eagles unfortunate to lose
The Eagles put in a much-improved performance after the break and fully deserved a share of the spoils, but Dortmund kept their composure to secure all three points in the dying embers of the contest. The defeat leaves SGE in fifth place on 42 points.
Hradecky - Russ, Abraham, Salcedo (Blum 79’) - da Costa, Boateng, Hasebe, Chandler - Wolf, Rebic (de Guzman 46’) - Haller (Jovic 67’)
1-0 Russ (own goal, 11’)
1-1 Jovic (75’)
2-1 Batshuayi (77’)
2-2 Blum (90+1’)
3-2 Batshuayi (90+4’)