Eintracht Frankfurt has found its way back on track after turbulent days in the race for the Champions League. With the 2-0 (1-0) against FC Augsburg, the Hessians reported back in the Bundesliga after coach Adi Hütter had announced their departure and the violent bankruptcy in Mönchengladbach and ensured some peace on the Main.
Returnees Martin Hinteregger (37th) and striker Andre Silva (58th) shot the Eintracht in the fight for the first qualification for the premier class at least temporarily past VfL Wolfsburg to third place – and thus kept the pursuers at a distance. Heiko Herrlich’s team, for whom Alfred Finnbogason (73rd) put a hand penalty over the gate, could get into the relegation vortex again.
“It was a hard-fought victory. Of course we were under a bit of pressure. We definitely didn’t want to let the pursuers get any closer,” said Frankfurt’s Sebastian Rode Sky: “We are really happy that we won.”
Three days after the bitter setback (0: 4) at Hütters future club in Gladbach, the Eintracht coach had demanded a reaction from his team. But the unrest in the club apparently did not leave the team unaffected at the beginning. No momentum, no ideas and no penetration – the hosts initially remained completely harmless despite a higher proportion of the game on the offensive.
The cheers from around 50 supporters in front of the arena did nothing to change that. Instead, Augsburg, who had changed to eight positions, kept coming back to counterattacks from a stable defense and even missed the lead several times thanks to Marco Richter (10th), Laszlo Benes (11th) and Jan Moravek (25th).
Martin Hinteregger with a brutal tackle against Marco Richter
At the ex-Augsburg-based Hinteregger, after a five-week injury break, the frustration of a brutal tackle against Marco Richter, for whom he only saw the yellow card, was discharged for the first time. It was a wake-up call for Eintracht, after all, the Austrian hit his head shortly after after a cross from Daichi Kamada.
During the break, Hinteregger was replaced by Makoto Hasebe. Hütter also found the right words in the dressing room after the poor performance: His team started more purposefully and rewarded themselves when Silva headed in after a cross from Filip Kostic to his 24th goal of the season.