The soaring of Eintracht Frankfurt’s Hurray footballers was suddenly stopped at the future workplace of coach Adi Hütter. After a week full of disappointments, the Hessians lost a fast-paced game at Borussia Mönchengladbach 0: 4 (0: 1) and suffered a damper in the race to participate in the Champions League for the first time.
The national players Matthias Ginter (10th) and Jonas Hofmann (60th) as well as Ramy Bensebaini (67th) and Hannes Wolf (90th + 5) scored for Borussia, which underlined their European Cup ambitions.
Eintracht disappointed after three wins in a row, however, especially after the break, a few days after the announced departures from Hütter to Gladbach and sports director Fredi Bobic to Berlin, there was also a setback on the lawn. On Sunday, Borussia Dortmund can reduce the gap to fourth in the table to four points.
“We want to make history,” said Hütter before the start of his farewell tour in view of the historic chance at the Champions League. However, his team initially left the field to Borussia, which posed problems for Eintracht on the offensive with variable play. Hütter hardly stayed on the bench, the coach usually stood with his arms crossed on the edge of the field and gave loud instructions.
Hutter’s mood got even worse after ten minutes: After a corner of Hofmann, who had returned from a corona break, substitute captain Ginter was allowed to head in for the lead without being forced. For Borussia it was the 20th goal of the season after a dormant ball – league top score. Ginter led the team because both goal scorer Lars Stindl (torn muscle) and goalkeeper Yann Sommer (red card suspension) were missing.
Ginter meets the early Gladbach leadership against Eintracht
Sommer’s replacement Tobias Sippel was able to distinguish himself for the first time a little later in the now fast-paced game. This time Stefan Ilsanker was allowed to head unhindered after a corner, Sippel steered the ball with a strong reaction to the crossbar (24th). Similar to the 3: 3 in the first leg it went back and forth, there was hardly any time to take a deep breath.
Until the break, Eintracht even won the upper hand. With the same eleven as in the spectacular 4: 3 against Wolfsburg a week earlier, the Hessians kept the pace high, but were also lucky when referee Deniz Aytekin did not give a penalty after a handball by Ilsanker (39th).
After the break, an alleged handball by Ilsanker caused a stir. Because Aytekin’s whistle failed to materialize, this time coach Marco Rose was angry. That changed within a few minutes: First Hofmann’s shot slipped into the goal under Kevin Trapp’s body, then Bensebaini headed in to make it 3-0. Wolf put the finishing touches.