Dortmund Drop More Points With Draw At Frankfurt

Dortmund’s players react after the German first division Bundesliga football match Eintracht Frankfurt vs BVB Borussia Dortmund, in Frankfurt, western Germany on December 5, 2020. (Photo by Daniel ROLAND / various sources / AFP) 

 

 

With their star striker Erling Braut Haaland sidelined by injury, Borussia Dortmund dropped more Bundesliga points on Saturday when they laboured to a 1-1 draw at Eintracht Frankfurt.

The draw leaves Dortmund third in the league, three points behind leaders Bayern Munich who host second-placed RB Leipzig later Saturday night.

After suffering a shock 2-1 home defeat last weekend against struggling Cologne, Dortmund missed the finishing of top scorer Haaland, who is out until January.

Dortmund’s defence was caught napping when they conceded an early goal by Frankfurt’s Japan midfielder Daichi Kamada.

The introduction of 16-year-old striker Youssoufa Moukoko after the half-time saw Dortmund raise their tempo.

They equalised with a superb strike from 18-year-old US forward Giovanni Reyna but failed to again breach the Frankfurt defence despite finishing the stronger.

Borussia Moenchengladbach warmed up for Wednesday’s crunch Champions League match at Real Madrid, with a last 16 place at stake, by drawing 2-2 draw at Freiburg, where they have not won since 2002.

Gladbach went ahead when Swiss striker Breel Embolo netted with a first-time shot on 23 minutes.

Freiburg equalised with a header by defender Philipp Lienhart and then took the lead just after the break when Vincenzo Grifo converted a penalty.

Gladbach levelled when Alassane Plea hit the top corner of the net with a wonderful curling shot on 50 minutes.

Freiburg striker Nils Petersen squandered a golden chance in the final five minutes by firing over with the goal at his mercy.

The result leaves Freiburg 14th, a point from the bottom three, while Gladbach are seventh, six points behind Bayern.

Having ended their 18-match winless run by shocking Dortmund 2-1 last weekend, Cologne backed it up with a 2-2 draw at home to Wolfsburg to climb to 15th.

Cologne’s 18-year-old striker Jan Thielmann showed great composure to fire in their opening goal before Maximilian Arnold equalised with a superb free-kick.

Winger Ondrej Duda restored Cologne’s lead when he shot into the corner on 43 minutes.

However, Wolfsburg striker Wout Weghorst rescued a point away from home with a close-range header just after the break.

Cologne are only out of the relegation places on goal difference while Wolfsburg are fifth.

Arminia Bielefeld earned their first win since September with a 2-1 victory at Mainz, although both clubs remain in the bottom three.

Japan midfielder Ritsu Doan and Manuel Prietl scoring Bielefeld’s goals in a deserved win before Mainz replacement Kevin Stoeger netted their late consolation.

Six-placed Union expect to be without in-form striker Max Kruse for the foreseeable future after the 32-year-old injured his hamstring in Friday’s 3-1 derby defeat at Hertha Berlin.

Eintracht Frankfurt Troll Barcelona Despite Loss To Bayern Munich


Bayern Munich’s German midfielder Leroy Sane (2nd R) celebrates scoring the 4-0 goal with his team-mates during the German first division Bundesliga football match between FC Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt on October 24, 2020, in Munich, southern Germany.
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Bundesliga side, Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday trolled Barcelona despite the team’s loss to Bayern Munich in a league game.

The German and European champions won 5-0 but Frankfurt in a tweet on their handle trolled Barcelona who were defeated 8-2 by the Bavarians in the quarter-final of the UEFA Champions League last season.

“FINAL — We fall to the Champions of Europe by less goals than @FCBarcelona did,” the club tweeted on their US handle after the match.

 

Lewandowski On Fire

Robert Lewandowski took his Bundesliga tally to a record 10 goals in the first five games this season with a hat-trick as Bayern Munich thumped Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 on Saturday, then issued a warning to the European champions’ future opponents.

“I hope that we will keep this form for a very long time — it doesn’t matter against who we play, we always want to show our best football, we always want to win,” Lewandowski told Sky.

Lewandowski has scored nine goals in his last three league games and wrapped up his treble within an hour at the Allianz Arena.

Defending champions Bayern have scored 22 goals this term — 10 more than league leaders RB Leipzig who stayed top with a 2-1 win over 10-man Hertha Berlin.

 

(L-R) Frankfurt’s German defender Martin Hinteregger, Bayern Munich’s German forward Thomas Mueller and Frankfurt’s Japanese midfielder Makoto Hasebe vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match between FC Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt on October 24, 2020 in Munich, southern Germany. CHRISTOF STACHE / AFP / POOL

 

Bayern sit one point behind in second place, level on 12 points with third-placed Dortmund who later saw off Schalke 3-0 at home in the Ruhr derby with goals by Manuel Akanji, Erling Braut Haaland and Mats Hummels.

In Munich, Leroy Sane marked his return from injury with the fourth goal during a brief cameo, before England Under-17 midfielder Jamal Musiala also came off the bench to net the fifth.

– Davies injury –

However, Bayern’s victory came at a price with Canadian left-back Alphonso Davies out for up to eight weeks with torn ankle ligaments.

Lewandowski underlined his status as one of the world’s best strikers last season by scoring a career-best 55 goals in 47 games, including 34 in the Bundesliga.

The Polish international opened the scoring on 10 minutes when he fired home, then beat Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp with a powerful header in the 26th minute.

Bayern had a penalty appeal turned down when Douglas Costa’s cross clipped the hand of Frankfurt’s Makoto Hasebe.

Lewandowski wrapped up his hat-trick on the hour mark with a clinical finish from another Costa cross.

Sane then came on to ghost past a defender and drive his shot into the bottom corner with 18 minutes left before Musiala grabbed the final goal as Frankfurt suffered their first league defeat of the season.

Later, Haaland, 20, netted his 23rd goal in 26 games since his January transfer to Dortmund as they extended Schalke’s miserable record to 21 Bundesliga games without a win.

Dortmund bounced back from their 3-1 Champions League defeat in mid-week at Lazio with an impressive display.

Dortmund centre-back Akanji, back in the side after recovering from the coronavirus, opened the scoring on 55 minutes when he rifled home a rebound.

“I’m fully fit and it’s nice to score after a few unpleasant days at home in quarantine,” Akanji later told Sky.

– Haaland strikes again –

Haaland put the result beyond doubt with a superb chip over Schalke goalkeeper Frederik Ronnow on 61 minutes after staying on his feet despite a defender’s lunging challenge.

Hummels struck with a powerful header from a corner 12 minutes from time.

Earlier, Leipzig came from behind in a 2-1 win over Hertha, whose Colombian striker Jhon Cordoba scored in the eighth minute.

Leipzig drew level when defender Dayot Upamecano fired home from a free-kick on 11 minutes.

Berlin were reduced to 10 men after the break when substitute Deyovaisio Zeefuik was shown two yellow cards within four minutes of coming on.

Leipzig made the man advantage count when Marcel Sabitzer converted a penalty with 13 minutes left.

Hertha were lucky not to finish with nine men when another sub, Jessic Ngankam, scythed down Leipzig left-back Angelino and the referee changed his decision to a yellow card having initially shown a red.

Borussia Moenchengladbach warmed up for Tuesday’s Champions League game at home to Real Madrid with a 3-2 comeback win at Mainz.

Germany midfielder Lars Stindl gave Gladbach an early lead, but the visitors were 2-1 down at half-time after French striker Jean-Philippe Mateta scored twice for Mainz.

Gladbach midfielder Jonas Hofmann converted a penalty on 76 minutes before Matthias Ginter headed the winner as Gladbach climbed to fifth.

Union Berlin drew 1-1 at home against Freiburg as Vincenzo Grifo’s first-half goal was cancelled out two minutes later by Union midfielder Robert Andrich.

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German Cup: Frankfurt Wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ Logo On Shirts

Players vie for the ball during the German Cup (DFB Pokal) semi-final football match FC Bayern Munich v Eintracht Frankfurt in Munich, southern Germany on June 10, 2020.  AFP

 

Eintracht Frankfurt wore playing shirts supporting the Black Lives Matter movement in Wednesday’s German Cup semi-final, while opponents Bayern Munich warmed up in T-shirts bearing the same anti-racism message.

“Our team and the whole of Eintracht Frankfurt are united against all forms of racism and we want to show that publicly today,” explained Frankfurt director Fredi Bobic before kick-off behind closed doors.

Frankfurt’s shirts bearing the logo “#BlackLivesMatter” is the latest sign of solidarity from the Bundesliga in the wake of the death of black American George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a fortnight ago at the hands of police.

The Bayern team warmed-up before their home semi-final in white T-shirts bearing the #BlackLivesMatter logo and “Rot Gegen Rassismus” (Red against Racism), referring to their famous playing strip.

The corner flags at Bayern’s Allianz Arena also carried the same messages.

Borussia Dortmund also wore warm-up T-Shirts showing solidarity for the protests, which have taken place in cities across the US and around the world, before their league match last weekend.

They were among the Bundesliga clubs who also knelt on one knee before kick-off in their league matches at the weekend.

Floyd, who was buried on Monday, died when a policeman kneeled on his neck in Minneapolis, Minnesota, at the end of May and his death, caught on video, sparked waves of protests.

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Bundesliga: Bayern Defeat Frankfurt To Remain Four Points Clear

Bayern Munich's Canadian midfielder Alphonso Davies (4thR) celebrates scoring his team's fourth goal with teammates during the German first division Bundesliga football match between FC Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt on May 23, 2020 in Munich, southern Germany. ANDREAS GEBERT / POOL / AFP
Bayern Munich’s Canadian midfielder Alphonso Davies (4thR) celebrates scoring his team’s fourth goal with teammates during the German first division Bundesliga football match between FC Bayern Munich and Eintracht Frankfurt on May 23, 2020 in Munich, southern Germany.
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Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich resisted a second-half fightback by Eintracht Frankfurt to claim a 5-2 win behind closed doors ahead of Tuesday’s top-of-the-table clash at Dortmund.

Bayern cruised into a 3-0 lead with goals by Leon Goretzka, the league’s top-scorer Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller at the Allianz Arena before Frankfurt rattled the hosts.

Defender Martin Hinteregger bagged two quick goals from successive corners when he volleyed home, then headed in to make it 3-2 on 55 minutes.

Canadian teenager Alphonso Davies settled Bayern’s nerves by reclaiming a ball he lost in the area to fire home the hosts’ fourth goal with an hour gone.

Hinteregger then claimed an unwanted hat-trick when he turned a Serge Gnabry shot into his own net to make it 5-2 on 74 minutes.

The win re-establishes Bayern’s four-point lead before travelling to second-placed Dortmund.

This was the second weekend of the Bundesliga’s restart, following a two-month hiatus, as the first top European league to resume during the pandemic.

A minute’s silence was held before the day’s five matches to remember the victims of COVID-19, which has so far claimed 8,216 lives in Germany.

Dortmund win away

Dortmund claimed a 2-0 win at Wolfsburg with goals by Raphael Guerreiro and Achraf Hakimi.

Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said the lack of fans’ noise in the stadium helped him give instructions.

“I think it’s positive that the players can now hear me better in the stadium,” said Dortmund’s Swiss coach, whose calls echoed around the empty terraces.

“Normally only my wide players can understand me.”

Dortmund winger Guerreiro opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when he tapped home a cross.

The visitors had a let-off early in the second-half when Wolfsburg winger Renato Steffen clipped the crossbar.

England winger Jadon Sancho helped sealed the win when he dribbled at the Wolfsburg defence, then laid a pass off to Hakimi, who fired home 12 minutes from time.

Wolfsburg had replacement Felix Klaus sent off for fouling Hakimi.

“We showed right after the start of the match that we wanted to win,” added Favre.

Cut it out!

Bayer Leverkusen built on Monday’s drubbing of Werder Bremen by moving up to third place with a 3-1 win at Borussia Moenchengladbach, who dropped to fourth.

With the terraces at Borussia Park decked with 13,000 cardboard cut-outs of home fans, Leverkusen’s rising star Kai Havertz, who scored twice in the 4-1 rout of Bremen, again netted a brace.

With seven minutes gone, Havertz, 20, darted onto Karim Bellarabi’s pass into the area and fired home.

French forward Marcus Thuram levelled for Gladbach just after the break.

Havertz netted a penalty soon after when the video assistant referee spotted a foul on Bellarabi in the area.

Defender Sven Bender unwittingly sealed the win when a free-kick struck his shoulder and flew into the net nine minutes from time.

Second-from-bottom Werder Bremen claimed their first victory in eight league game with a 1-0 win at Freiburg.

Midfielder Leon Bittencourt hit the winner in the 19th minute with a long-range shot.

In the dying stages, Bremen had defender Philipp Bargfrede sent off for a second yellow card and Freiburg had a goal ruled offside.

The result leaves Bremen two points from 16th — which carries a relegation play-off at the end of the season — but six points from 15th, which guarantees safety.

Bottom side Paderborn are now nine points from safety with seven games left after their 1-1 draw at home to Hoffenheim.

On Friday, Hertha Berlin drubbed neighbours Union Berlin 4-0 at the Olympic Stadium in the derby to go 10th.

Eintracht Frankfurt Deny Leverkusen Chance To Top League With 3-0 Win

File: Leverkusen’s German forward Kevin Volland (L) and Leverkusen’s Jamaican midfielder Leon Bailey 
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Goncalo Paciencia scored twice in the first half as Eintracht Frankfurt beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 on Friday to deny the visitors the chance to move top of the Bundesliga.

The Portuguese forward fired Frankfurt ahead inside five minutes as he latched on to a Danny Da Costa pass and held off two defenders to stroke the ball under Lukas Hradecky.

Paciencia won a penalty on the quarter-hour when his shot was blocked by the hands of a sliding Aleksandar Dragovic, rolling home the spot-kick to double the lead for the hosts.

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Eintracht goalkeeper Frederik Ronnow, deputising for the injured Kevin Trapp, kept Leverkusen at bay with a string of stops from Karim Bellarabi, Lucas Alario and Kai Havertz.

Leverkusen were awarded a penalty midway through the second half for an apparent handball by Djibril Sow but the decision was correctly overturned following a VAR review.

Dutch striker Bas Dost wrapped up the victory for Frankfurt 10 minutes from time as he brushed off Dragovic to net his third league goal of the season.

Eintracht moved level with Leverkusen as part of a cluster of six teams on 14 points, two adrift of leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Marco Rose’s Gladbach go to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday while second-placed Wolfsburg travel to RB Leipzig.

Defending champions Bayern Munich will attempt to bounce back from a 2-1 loss at home to Hoffenheim when they visit Bavarian neighbours Augsburg.

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Sarri Warns Chelsea Of Eintracht Threat

Chelsea’s Italian head coach Maurizio Sarri. Credit: Ian KINGTON / AFP

 

Maurizio Sarri has warned his Chelsea team they should be wary of Eintracht Frankfurt ahead of Thursday’s first leg of their Europa League semi-final in Germany.

Sarri is coming into the final weeks of an eventful season with a European trophy and Champions League qualification in his hands but knows that the Bundesliga outfit will be the sternest test they will face in what has been a straight-forward run to the last four.

Eintracht have impressed on the continent as they chase their first European final since winning the UEFA Cup — the forerunner to the current Europa League — in 1980, seeing off highly-fancied Benfica in the previous round despite having to play with 10 men for 70 minutes of the first leg.

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“They have a very dynamic team with great intensity,” said Sarri.

“They are very dangerous at home and away. It will be difficult for us to get to the final.”

Sarri said center-back Andrea Christensen is “ready to play” as the Blues struggling with injuries, with Antonio Rudiger’s season over following knee surgery and Gary Cahill unavailable with an Achilles tendon problem.

They are also missing attacking starlet Callum Hudson-Odoi, who was tipped for a move to Germany and Bayern Munich in January but also went under the knife after rupturing his Achilles.

Adi Huetter continued to downplay his side’s chances despite a phenomenal season that sees them fourth in the Bundesliga and eyeing the final in Baku after dumping out Marseille, Inter Milan, Shakhtar Donetsk and Portuguese league leaders Benfica.

They have also been roared on by passionate supporters who have travelled in their thousands on a thrilling continental run.

“We are facing a superior opponent, but we should also like that,” said Huetter.

“We feel very comfortable in the role of the outsider.”

Huetter has plenty of ammunition at his disposal thanks to the ‘Balkan trio’ led by Serbia’s Luka Jovic, who has scored 25 goals in a breakthrough season at Frankfurt.

Jovic, Croatia forward Ante Rebic and Serbia wing-back Filip Kostic have scored over half of Frankfurt’s 58 Bundesliga goals this season and added 21 league assists for good measure. They have been involved in all but one of Frankfurt’s last 13 goals in all competitions.

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Germany Goalkeeper Trapp Rejoins Frankfurt On Loan From PSG

Paris Saint-Germain’s German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp jumps for the ball during a training session of the Paris Saint-Germain football team on August 24, 2018 at the Camp des Loges, in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, on the outskirts of Paris, on the eve of their French L1 football match. PHOTO: FRANCK FIFE / AFP

 

Germany goalkeeper Kevin Trapp has rejoined Eintracht Frankfurt on a one-year loan deal from French champions Paris Saint-Germain.

This was confirmed on Friday.

“I’m looking forward to another year with Frankfurt,” said the 28-year-old who played for Eintracht from 2012 until 2015 before joining PSG for 10 million euros ($11.6m).

Frankfurt recruited Trapp hours before the transfer window closed in Germany and France at 1800 local time (1600 GMT) and he could feature in Saturday’s home Bundesliga game against Werder Bremen.

Trapp, Germany’s third-choice goalkeeper behind Manuel Neuer and Marc-Andre ter Stegen, also found himself third in the pecking order at PSG behind Gianluigi Buffon and Alphonse Areola this season.

He jumped at the chance to rejoin Frankfurt for 2018/19.

“When I was in Paris, I always liked to remember the great times back in Frankfurt,” said Trapp, who has made three appearances for Germany since June 2017.

“The contact never broke and I was very happy for Eintracht when they won the German Cup,” he added, referring to Frankfurt’s shock 3-1 win against Bayern Munich in the final in May.

“It’s important for me to be in an environment where I feel comfortable and where I can play.”

Trapp, who was part of Germany’s World Cup squad which crashed out in the group stages, could go straight into Frankfurt’s starting side as their Danish first-choice keeper Frederik Ronnow is carrying a knee injury.

“The current knee problems of Frederik Ronnow caused us to rethink things,” said Eintracht’s director of sport Bruno Huebner.

“Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury in pre-season, which is not completely healed and is bothering him.

“We are convinced that he will grow into the role of number one, but we had the chance to sign a goalkeeper, who is not only ready to play, but also figure strongly identified with the club.”

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Arsenal Must Be Ready For Angry Bayern – Mertesacker

ArsenalDefender, Per Mertesacker says Arsenal must be ready for an “angry” Bayern Munich intent on revenge when they meet on Wednesday night.

The Gunners breathed life into their Champions League campaign with a 2-0 victory against the Bundesliga champions in October.

Mertesacker expects a strong response from Bayern at the Allianz Arena, and says Arsène Wenger’s side must be at the top of their game.

“They had a Friday night match (against Eintracht Frankfurt) so they are well prepared for midweek – they are clever, the Germans!” the Arsenal vice-captain said.

“We showed that we can beat them, that is a good sign but it will be a different game at their place. They are outstanding in their league, it will be a good game and both teams have a good chance to go through to the knockout stage.

“They will be angry I guess. We are the first team who really challenged them, so they will be on the ball and try to show that they are back and better than us.

“We need to get something out of this game, there is still a bit of pressure and urgency to perform. We need to perform and defend even better.”

Cologne’s Ujah Apologises To Goat For Rough Treatment

ujah_goatCologne forward, Anthony Ujah, has apologised for grabbing the club mascot – a goat – by the horns during celebrations in their 4-2 Bundesliga victory over Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday.

After scoring to secure a 4-1 lead in the 81st minute, the Nigerian ran to the side of the pitch where the goat is positioned during home games, grabbed the animal named Hennes VIII by the horns and attempted to drag it onto the pitch.

The animal’s handler was initially taken by surprise but managed to quickly recover and pull the goat back before the forward returned to the pitch as Cologne celebrated their first home win since October.

“Perfect Sunday. Sorry Hennes. I was a bit too rough on him,” Ujah wrote on Twitter and Facebook while also posting a photo of him pulling the goat.

The club also saw the humorous side of the celebrations.

“Hennes is used to such stuff. He may have a bit of a sore neck,” sports director Joerg Schmadtke told reporters.