Europa League: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Royal Antwerp 1: 1: Paciencia saves a draw – but SGE has to worry about group victory

The intermediate goal has to wait: The “Euro-Eagles” have missed a milestone in their favorite competition, at least for the time being. On the penultimate match day of the Europa League against Royal Antwerp, Eintracht Frankfurt did not get more than 2: 2 (1: 1) and because of the lack of support in the parallel game, they missed the first knockout round, which was linked to the group victory.

In order to save the exhausting detour between the second round with duels against a group third in the premier class, the team of coach Oliver Glasner has to deliver again on December 9 at Fenerbahce Istanbul. Daichi Kamada (13th) and Goncalo Paciencia (90 + 4) ensured with their goals that the SGE, which has recently shown rising form in the league, remained unbeaten in this European Cup season. Radja Nainggolan (33rd) and Mbwana Samatta (88th) scored for Belgium’s oldest club.

“We really wanted to win, we risked too much and were countered,” said Glasner at RTL: “But the equalization was very important, now one point is enough.”

The coach had asked his team to “close the sack” at the first match point. It is forbidden to underestimate the Belgian runners-up in the European table, however, without a win. “We mustn’t think that everything is already prefabricated,” warned the Austrian. Rather, the “same consequence” is necessary as in the recent successful streak of three competitive game victories in a row.

And that showed his eleven, unchanged compared to the 2-0 in Freiburg, in front of 30,000 spectators, won many balls in dangerous areas – and rewarded himself with the first clever attack for the effort. Timothy Chandler crossed halfway in from the right, Kamada executed from five meters. Even after that, the semi-finalist from 2019 remained decisive in the game, but often acted too imprecisely in the last third.

Frankfurt – Antwerp: The constellations

After the break, Eintracht became more erratic, and the combination game, which was largely fluid in the first round, increasingly faltered. The Hessians also revealed more gaps in the back without the injured defensive chief Martin Hinteregger. After a gun throw from the Eintracht fans and treatment of ex-Cologne Verstraete, the game had to be interrupted in the meantime.

Frankfurt: Trapp – Tuta, Hasebe, Ndicka – Chandler, Jakic (90th Rode), Sow, Kostic – Lindström (78th Hauge), Kamada (90th Paciencia) – Borre (69th Lammers). – Trainer: Glasner

Antwerp: Butez – Vines, Almeida, Dessoleil, De Laet – Nainggolan – Dwomoh (66th Yusuf), Verstraete – Fischer (76th Johannes Eggestein), Frey, Samatta. – Trainer: Priske