Strong display goes unrewarded


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Daichi Kamada scored his seventh Bundesliga goal of the season (26′), but it was not enough as Eintracht slipped to a 2-1 reverse at home to Borussia Dortmund, with Julian Brandt (21′) and Jude Bellingham (52′) on target for the visitors.

Three changes

Head coach Oliver Glasner brought in three new faces in the wake of his side’s UEFA Champions League victory over Olympique de Marseille, with Luca Pellegrini, Sebastian Rode and Tuta all coming in for Djibril Sow, Hrvoje Smolcic and the injured Christopher Lenz.

Fast-paced opening

There was no sign of fatigue in the Eintracht legs following their midweek exertions, with Junior Dina Ebimbe and Mario Götze combining early on to create an opening for Jesper Lindström, whose shot was forced wide by Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel. An end-to-end encounter, the game increasingly opened up as the half wore on and it was only a matter of time before the first goal arrived.

Unfortunately for Eintracht, it was at the wrong end as Donyell Malen found space down the Dortmund left before crossing into the middle for Brandt, whose shot had too much power for Kevin Trapp. Unfazed, Eintracht continued to go on the front foot and were rewarded just five minutes later when Randal Kolo Muani teed up Daichi Kamada to drill in the equaliser from the edge of the penalty area.

No way through after the break

It remained an open, entertaining game after the interval between two teams determined to get forward as much and as quickly as possible. Dortmund edged in front within seven minutes of the restart, though, when Bellingham received Youssoufa Moukoko’s pass before evading a tackle inside the box and finishing into the bottom corner.

The Eagles once again refused to let their heads hang and produced a furious response, pinning their visitors back inside their own half for much of the second period. Kolo Muani was thwarted by Kobel a couple of times before the Dortmund custodian tipped Lindström’s near-post flick around the upright. Götze was also left frustrated after seeing his fierce drive cleared off the line by Nico Schlotterbeck. Glasner’s charges threw everything forward in the closing stages, but the ball simply would not go in, leaving Eintracht empty-handed after a performance that deserved much more.

Summary: Eagles pay for wayward finishing

On a different day, the scoreline could have been very different. Eintracht’s display was once again full of energy, commitment and attacking purpose but the lack of a clinical cutting edge, particularly in the second half, was ultimately the difference between the sides.

SGE line-up

Trapp (c) – Tuta, Jakic, Ndicka – Dina Ebimbe, Kamada (Borré 84′), Rode (c) (Sow 72′), Pellegrini – Lindström (Alario 77′), Götze – Kolo Muani

0-1 Brandt (21′)
1-1 Kamada (26′)
1-2 Bellingham (52′)

Strong display goes unrewarded

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