Europa League: Only police cloud Frankfurt's joy
Eintracht Frankfurt continues its triumphant advance through the Europa League. After a success over Shakhtar Donetsk, the team is in the second round. Only the police worried in the run-up to mischief.
First, there was trouble for the fans of Eintracht Frankfurt because of a police operation, but then only cheers: The team of coach Adi Hütter has reached the knockout stages of the Europa League thanks to a strong home appearance. Eintracht defeated Shakhtar Donetsk 4: 1 (2: 0) and is 2: 2 in the first leg in the round of the best 16.
On the much-praised Frankfurt offensive was relied against the Ukrainian top club. Luka Jovic (23 minutes), who finished with a nice direct shot, and assassin Sebastien Haller (27 minutes) took a calming lead in the first half. The Frenchman turned a hand penalty sovereign. Donezk woke up aggressively after that, but Eintracht also showed a concentrated performance in the defense and left almost no room for the fast attackers of Schachtar.
23 - @intracht_eng have scored 23 goals in the group stage and the round of 32 this season, more than any other German team in @EuropeLeague history. Pioneers. #SGEShakhtar #UEL pic.twitter.com/rAJFGJaJSX- OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) February 21, 2019
After the change, the guests tried to improve earnings, but the better chances initially remained in Eintracht. Jovic and Haller had more chances to get in. The progress was at least once again in jeopardy, as Junior Moraes responded quickly after a cross into the penalty area and turned the goal (63.).
Frankfurt began to wobble after that, Donetsk became more and more punchy, Frankfurt partially constricted - more than two crossbars jumped but not out. Ten minutes before the final whistle Haller then made everything clear in a counterattack and released the Eintracht. Rebic finished the final (88.).
Police use causes trouble
Before the match, however, there had been considerable trouble for a police operation. Three hours before the match, law enforcement officers searched the stadium and, above all, the Eintracht fans in front of the stadium - fans were thus hindered in preparing for their choreography so much that they completely canceled the choreo.
That Eintracht President Peter Fischer had previously announced that the stadium must "burn" against Donzek, the police had apparently taken the occasion for the large-scale deployment, incomprehensible for Eintracht CEO Axel Hellmann: "The key question is: Is a video of an emotional president a sufficient reason to raise a security? "
Eintracht Frankfurt - Shakhtar Donetsk 4: 1 (2: 0)
1: 0 Jovic (23)
2: 0 Haller (27th, penalty)
2: 1 Junior Moraes (63.)
3: 1 Haller (81.)
4: 1 Rebic (88.)
Frankfurt: Trapp - Abraham, Hinteregger, Ndicka - da Costa, Hasebe, Rode (73rd Willems), Kostic - Gacinovic - Haller, Jovic (70th Rebic).
Donetsk: Pyatov - Butko (65th Bolbat), Chotscholava, Matvijenko, Ismaily - Kowalenko (80th Kayode), Alan Patrick - Marlos, Taison, Solomon - Junior Moraes.
Referee: Mateu Lahoz (Spain)
Spectators: 47,000 (sold out)
Yellow cards: Abraham, Haller / Chotscholawa, Matwijenko, Junior Moraes