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Europa League qualification: Frankfurt playoff joy clouded - Russ falls out long


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Frankfurt / Main (AP) - Adi Hütter was visibly disappointed and struck. The serious injury of identification figure Marco Russ expressed the mood of Eintracht coach no less than the meager 1-0 (1-0) in the qualifier for the Europa League against football dwarf FC Vaduz.

"His Achilles tendon tear is the downer of this evening," said the 49-year-old Austrian after the final whistle. Hütter had little sympathy for the partially indisputable performance of his B-selection. To spare forces after the tough DFB Cup match at Waldhof Mannheim (5: 3) for the Bundesliga prelude on Sunday against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, he had mustered nine new players against the Liechtensteiner.

"We did our duty, but we could not keep up with the crowd in terms of performance," he said smugly. After all, the Commerzbank Arena was sold out with 48,000 spectators with fans who wanted to have a nice football evening and not just a single goal by Jonathan de Guzman (32nd minute).

"The team was also thrown in this way because I wanted to see some players," said Hütter. "This game has to be ticked off. Now the season really starts with Hoffenheim and the playoff games. "Because the little edifying appearance remained without consequences in the European Cup. The course to move into the final matches to reach the group stage of the Europa League were already set with a 5-0 in Vaduz. Next opponent in the playoff will be Racing Strasbourg on 22 and 29 August.

By contrast, midfielder Sebastian Rode was happy to be back in the starting lineup after a serious knee injury and a break of months. "I could not have imagined a better backdrop for my comeback," he said, reassuring. "Against Hoffenheim we expect a very different game, also because then another team will be on the pitch." Whether he will be there after just two weeks of team training in 65 minutes against 1899 from the start, but is open.

In any case, it is clear that Hütter will turn back sharply and bring his best. "We'll see a better-matched team on the pitch on Sunday," he promised.

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Source: zeit

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