Eintracht Frankfurt leaves important points in Augsburg

Eintracht Frankfurt messed up the start of the second half of the Bundesliga. After the home defeat against Borussia Dortmund, coach Oliver Glasner’s team did not get more than 1: 1 (1: 1) at FC Augsburg.

Of course, the hosts shouldn’t be satisfied with the draw either: They are still deep in the relegation battle.

Eintracht even took the lead through Daichi Kamada (22nd). After that, however, the Hessians missed the chance to extend their lead and allowed Augsburg to come back into the game. Michael Gregoritsch (38th) scored the deserved equalizer, after that there could have been more for coach Markus Weinzierl’s team – including for million-dollar new signing Ricardo Pepi in his starting eleven debut.

Eintracht had to do without driver Filip Kostic and goalkeeper Kevin Trapp because of “borderline positive” corona tests – a handicap. Without Kostic, there was a lack of momentum on the left. And Trapp’s 19-year-old deputy Diant Ramaj, who came from the second division team Heidenheim before the season and played for the “adults” for the first time, didn’t look good when equalizing.

Eintracht’s Lindstrom hits the post

As is so often the case, however, Augsburg tripped themselves first. Niklas Dorsch played a back pass straight to Jesper Lindström, who immediately passed it on to Rafael Borré, and his assist ripped Kamada off. On the next counterattack, Lindström missed the chance to make it 2-0 – after a dream pass from Djibril Sow he only hit the post (29th).

Frankfurt was in control during this phase – but lost it again. First Pepi scored, but couldn’t be happy because Andi Zeqiri had previously fouled Makoto Hasebe (33′). On the other hand, Gregoritsch cheered after a shot from a very acute angle because Ramaj had made a bad guess. And finally, Pepi had another chance, but Evan Ndicka blocked the American’s shot (40′).

The break came at just the right time for Frankfurt. After that, Eintracht was better in the game again, but despite all their efforts and good approaches, they hardly had any convincing chances to score. FCA’s obligatory final sprint also fizzled out. The best chance was missed by Lindström, who was denied by Augsburg keeper Rafal Gikiewicz (88′). On the other side, Ramaj saved against substitute Florian Niederlechner (90+2).


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