Just as was the case against Werder Bremen, Eintracht had nothing to show for their efforts against BVB on Friday night, going down to a 3-1 defeat in Dortmund.

Kevin Trapp looked almost despairing as he spoke to journalists in the mixed zone after the game. The question he faced most was about the number of chances that Dortmund needed to score three goals. “It felt like three,” said Trapp. Eight attempts on goal – five of them on target – was the official statistic, but there was an element of luck in two of the hosts’ three goals. Diallo poked the ball over the line at the second attempt for the opener, while the final strike took a deflection off Sébastien Haller’s thigh on its way in. Two unfortunate moments for Frankfurt that proved decisive.

The statistics showed no sign of the explosive attacking play Dortmund showed in their last home game against RB Leipzig, but they did enough to get the three points by making the most of the few real opportunities that came their way. Eintracht had kept the Black and Yellows at bay for much of the game, pressing well and stifling Dortmund’s efforts going forward. “Tactically we were very disciplined,” commented Gelson Fernandes, who once again typified the Eagles’ mentality and attitude. The Swiss midfielder ran over nine kilometres in just 63 minutes, and time and again he and Lucas Torró neutralised their opposite numbers Mahmoud Dahoud and Thomas Delaney.

“Sucker punch”

The key period of the match was the four minutes between Eintracht equalising and BVB retaking the lead. The visitors appeared to be in the ascendancy after Haller’s third goal of the season and had their eyes on taking more than just a point from the Signal-Iduna-Park, only for a chain of errors to allow Dortmund back in. “A sucker punch,” as Trapp described it. There was no coming back from that as the hosts regained control, biding their time and then making it 3-1 with a debut goal from Barcelona loanee Paco Alcacer.

Nevertheless, it should be noted that the Eagles were very much in the game for most of the evening against a good BVB side, demonstrating impressive defensive solidity. Head coach Adi Hütter will still be hoping for an improvement in his team’s play, though, and if they manage that in their two fixtures next week against Marseille and Leipzig, then there’s a good chance Eintracht will get back to winning ways.