Eintracht Frankfurt also made a big difference in the race for Europe thanks to Andre Silva goal machine. The Hessians defeated the direct rival Union Berlin in a wild spectacle with 5: 2 (4: 2) and are thus on course for the Champions League. Before the duel with the closest rival Borussia Dortmund, the team of coach Adi Hütter is still in pole position.
Silva (2nd / 41st) scored his sixth brace of the season before the break, and Filip Kostic (39th) and Timothy Chandler (90th + 2) – Unions Robert Andrich (35th) scored an own goal. The Berliners, on the other hand, suffered a serious setback in the race for Europe despite a double from Max Kruse (7./45.+3) before the international break. At nine points behind, Eintracht should already be out of reach.
And that although on Saturday the Frankfurt team was injured in addition to the suspended Amin Younes and Tuta as well as defensive chief Martin Hinteregger. Without the pole of calm on the defensive, a wild game developed. After 54 seconds, Djibril Sow had to save the defeated Kevin Trapp on the line.
Less than a minute later, the Swiss initiated the opening goal on the other side with a dream pass to Kostic, whose cross only had to push Silva over the line from four meters.
It was a goal of records: the Portuguese was the first from Frankfurt to break the 20 mark on matchday 26 and Eintracht set their best from 1992 with the 21st game in a row with at least one goal. But Union did not let the early deficit thwart its concept – on the contrary. After Hasebe made a mistake, Kruse immediately had the answer with a deliberate low shot.
Eintracht Frankfurt – Union Berlin: Slapstick own goal by Andrich
Joel Pohjanpalo, who was in the starting line-up for Petar Musa, who was injured during the warm-up, could even have turned the game around completely, but again Sow on the line (20th) and then Trapp (21st) saved for Eintracht.
As a result, the Hütter-Elf got the game a little better under control and Andrich initiated a crazy final phase of the first half with his slapstick own goal from 25 meters.