Scene of the game: Shortly after the restart, Eintracht had a throw-in on the left wing. This ended up with Martin Hinteregger, who suddenly channeled his inner Brazilian and made a miraculous turn around his opponent. His pass in the back landed on defense colleague Almamy Touré, who chased the ball into the left corner with a great shot (48th minute). His first Bundesliga goal for Eintracht was a particularly nice one.
The result: Eintracht Frankfurt defeated leaders Leipzig 2-0 (0-0). Here is the match report.
The first half: The Leipzig team performed well for the first 20 minutes. Driven by the outstanding Christopher Nkunku, the league leaders played out shot on goal – 12: 1 should be at the end of the first 45 minutes. Timo Werner (8th), Nkunku (18th) and Marcel Halstenberg (32nd) gave the guests the best opportunities. Eintracht had to fight back with nine opponents in the last third of defense. It was only shortly before the half-time break that the table eleventh was able to get rid of the pressure and in turn came to offensive actions without developing any danger.
The second half: The reaction of the guests after the 1-0 by Touré did not come for a long time. RB only picked up the pace again after fresh attackers had been brought on. Leipzig struggled, but found no way through deep-seated Frankfurters, who came back to counterattack towards the end of the game. One of them used in added time Filip Kostic, who scored after the preliminary work by Gonçalo Paciência to 2: 0 (90. + 4).
End of a series: RB had not lost 13 competitive games in a row, coach Julian Nagelsmann’s team has always scored at least three goals in the last nine Bundesliga games. Past numbers.
The Werner factor: Werner, who was so outstanding in the past, had already scored 20 goals this season. In Frankfurt he lacked the space to move quickly to the defense. In the 76th minute he missed his biggest chance of the day. Even when Nagelsmann placed him more central towards the end of the game, the national player under the eyes of national coach Joachim Löw hardly radiated any danger.
New and remains: RB has set an exclamation mark on the transfer market with Dani Olmo’s commitment confirmed on match day. The 21-year-old Spanish international comes from Croatian series champion Dinamo Zagreb. The Leipziger transferred a base amount of approximately 20 million euros for the offensive player, the player has signed a contract until 2024.
There were also positive things to report in terms of personnel at Frankfurt: attacker Paciência has extended his contract until 2023.
Pay please: Before the game kicked off, it was clear that RB would still be in first place at the end of day 19. The successes of the successors have reduced the lead from four points to two, and Bayern’s success against Schalke has shrunk to one.
You always see each other five times: RB adversaries in Frankfurt are experiencing nightmare weeks. In addition to the two compulsory Bundesliga duels, Eintracht will also meet the Leipzig team in the round of 16 of the DFB Cup on February 4 (6:30 p.m., live ticker SPIEGEL). And as if that wasn’t enough, the Frankfurt opponent in the sixteenth final of the Europa League (20 and 27 February) is RB, pardon, FC Salzburg, the completely independent and then very connected brother club of the Bundesliga league leader.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 RB Leipzig (0-0)
1: 0 Touré (48th)
2: 0 Kostic (90. + 4)
Frankfurt: Trapp – Touré, Abraham, Hinteregger, Ndicka – Sow, Rode, Chandler (89. da Costa), Gacinovic (90. + 2 Kohr), Kostic – Dost (77. Paciência)
Leipzig: Gulacsi – Mukiele, Upamecano, Halstenberg – Adams (71st Lookman), Sabitzer, Laimer (66th Poulsen), Nkunku, Haidara (80th Forsberg), Werner – Schick
Yellow cards: Rode / Sabitzer, Halstenberg