Eintracht Frankfurt have separated in the semi-final first leg of the Europa League 1: 1 (1: 1) from Chelsea. Luka Jovic brought the Eintracht in the 23rd minute lead before Pedro equalized shortly before the break (45th). The return match in London will take place next Thursday (9 pm / live ticker on SPIEGEL ONLINE, TV: RTL). Then Frankfurt could reach a European Cup final for the first time in 39 years. Prerequisite would be a win or a draw with at least two goals.
The more agile impression in the first few minutes left the guests from London, who initially played without their superstar Eden Hazard. The Frankfurters, however, was quite a nervousness. Then the team of coach Adi Hütter was not only safer in the passing game, but also more determined in his attack efforts. Filip Kostic opened the scoring opportunity with a free kick when serving for David Abraham, who shot half a yard from the penalty (20 minutes).
Three minutes later, Jubel broke out in the stadium: Jovic won in midfield a duel and then played out on the left side to Kostic, whose cross landed again at Jovic. The rest was made to measure: After Jovic's header from twelve meters, Chelsea keeper Kepa made quite a long and had no chance. From the inner post the ball bounced off and rolled over the line (23.).
Chelsea, on the other hand, did not make it to Torgefahr until just before the break. Ruben Loftus-Cheek was involved in the two best scenes. First, England's England narrowly missed the goal on the left (42 '), before beating Simon Falette in the penalty area three minutes later and then serving Pedro 1-1 (45').
The equalization caused a break in the game of Frankfurt, henceforth, they were mostly busy responding to the actions of Chelsea. The shot from Loftus-Cheek from twelve meters was missing half a meter (54th), the free kick by David Luiz it was then only centimeters. The central defender hit the crossbar from 25 meters, Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was still with the fingertips (60). It was not the last important Parade of Trapp, which saved against Loftus-Cheek Frankfurt ultimately the draw (75.).
Eintracht Frankfurt – Chelsea 1: 1 (1: 1)
1: 0 Jovic (23)
1: 1 Pedro (45.)
Frankfurt: Trapp – Abraham, Hinteregger, Falette – G. Fernandes (73rd Paciencia), Hasebe – da Costa, Kostic – Gacinovic (90th + 2 Willems), Rode – Jovic
Chelsea: Kepa – Azpilicueta, David Luiz, A. Christensen, Emerson – Jorginho – Kantè, Loftus-Cheek (83rd Kovacic) – Pedro, Giroud, Willian (61rd Hazard)
Referee: Carlos del Cerro Grande (Spain)
Yellow cards: G. Fernandes, Hasebe / Christensen