E.intracht Frankfurt has the early group victory in the Europe League missed and has to tremble about the direct entry into the last sixteen. The Hessian club came after a largely weak performance against the Belgian representative Royal Antwerp only to a 2: 2 (1: 1) and need at least one point in the group final on December 9 at Fenerbahce Istanbul to skip the playoffs and that Solve a ticket for the round of the last 16 teams.
Brought in front of 30,000 spectators Daichi Kamada Eintracht took the lead in the 13th minute, but Radja Nainggolan (33rd) and Ally Samatta (88th) turned the game around. Substitute Gonçalo Paciência (90 + 4) saved at least one point. After the most recent 2-0 victory in the Bundesliga at SC Freiburg, coach Oliver Glasner trusted the same starting line-up, which began briskly and confidently. However, the necessary precision was initially lacking. The tour therefore came as a surprise. Timothy Chandler crossed from the right into the box, where Kamada converted directly into the penalty area. It was the third goal for the Japanese in this Europa League season.
The hoped-for playful ease did not find its way. Rather, the guests almost came to a quick 1: 1. After an uncertainty of Kevin Trapp Antwerp’s striker Michael Frey came free in the penalty area, but the Eintracht goalkeeper ironed out his mistake himself. The Frankfurters controlled the game, but their offensive didn’t really get going. The Belgian goal was hardly in serious danger until the break. The compensation was therefore not undeserved. After a corner, Nainggolan purposefully shot the ball into the net, where his shot was deflected twice and was therefore untenable for Trapp.
After the move, the Hessians increased the pressure, but opportunities remained scarce. Only the fans of the Belgians who had traveled with them caused a stir, as they burned down pyrotechnics after an hour in the stands. Shortly afterwards, Eintracht supporters ignited a firecracker behind the guests’ goal, whereupon the English referee Paul Tierney briefly interrupted the game.
As soon as the game was released again, there was the next moment of shock for Eintracht. After a free kick, Ritchie De Laet poked the ball past Trapp into the far corner, but the video evidence saved Eintracht. Since the shooter was just offside, the hit was withdrawn. In the final phase it got turbulent again. When Eintracht looked loser again, Paciência was there.