Leverkusen, Frankfurt and Union win – German goal balance of 8: 0
Three games, three wins for the German teams on the European stage. First Eintracht Frankfurt trembled with a penalty against Antwerp in stoppage time luckily. Then Bayer Leverkusen and Union Berlin followed suit against Glasgow and Haifa – also without conceding goals.
Matchwinner Gonçalo Paciência sank to his knees relieved, his teammates from Eintracht Frankfurt embraced each other cheering. With a last-minute goal to make it 1-0 (0-0) in the second Europa League group game at Royal Antwerp, the Portuguese gave Hessen the longed-for first win of the season in the ninth competitive game on Thursday and saved the Bundesliga club from a tangible crisis in earnings .
The striker, who had recently been substituted on, scored a penalty in the first minute of stoppage time and thus also caused great relief for coach Oliver Glasner. Thanks to the success in a heated game in front of around 13,000 spectators, some of whom wanted to storm the field after the Frankfurt goal, Eintracht has four points in Group D and is therefore in a good starting position in the race for a place in the Provided a knockout phase.
The billows of smoke from the Bengalos from the ranks of the Royal fans were not completely gone, so the Hessians had their first chance. With a 20-meter free kick, Martin Hinteregger failed against the strong Antwerp keeper Jean Butez. It was three minutes and five minutes later Sam Lammers took the ball after a direct input from Timothy Chandler from the right, but kicked past a few meters in front of the goal when attempting a shot. Another ten minutes later, Filip Kostic joined the ranks of those who missed out on opportunities when he failed to Butez.
Up until then, there was less of a challenge to Kevin Trapp. The Eintracht keeper parried Antwerp’s first shot on goal by Viktor Fischer before the Kostic chance. The former Werder attacker Johannes Eggestein could not really prevail against the Frankfurt defensive formation, who had also returned to the three-man chain, with Makoto Hasebe and Almamy Touré, who were also newly appointed to the starting line-up. Manuel Benson (34th) tried a single action, but the ball just missed.
From the stable defensive, the Frankfurters get too few correct counterattacks. Ajdin Hrustic, from whose line-up Glasner had promised himself more goal danger from the attacking midfield, could not make any decisive passes. Even in the standard situation, the ball did not want to go into the goal of the Belgians, who had lost their group opener 2-1 against Olympiacos and were under even more pressure than the guests after their 1-1 draw against Fenerbahce Istanbul.
Hooligan riots and an attack on Trapp
And obviously the fans too, although there had been riots by German hooligans in Antwerp before the game. Shortly after the restart, a firework hit Trapp’s legs on the lawn, the keeper went down and was initially treated, but he was able to continue playing and shine after a good hour after a header from Dinis Almeida.
In the heated and charged atmosphere, it was the hosts who pushed for a goal and had the best chance through Mbwana Sattama (64th), while Eintracht’s defensive personnel shortage worsened and also captain Hasebe had to leave the pitch. A final offensive brought the guests the longed-for first win of the season when substitute Jesper Lindström was fouled in the penalty area.
Leverkusen shoots Glasgow 4-0
Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen also won their second group game in the Europa League and thus achieved the next important success in the knockout round. The Bundesliga runner-up prevailed 4-0 (2-0) in Group G against 51-time Scottish champions Celtic Glasgow on Thursday evening after the Bayer team started 2-1 against Ferencvaros Budapest.
In front of almost 60,000 spectators in Celtic Park, Piero Hincapie (25th minute), Florian Wirtz (35th), Lucas Alario (58th) met with a converted hand penalty and Amine Adli (90th + 4) for the guests. For the Scots it was the second defeat after the spectacular 3: 4 against Betis Sevilla.
Union beats Haifa 3-0 – good chances of advancing
With their first victory in the Conference League, 1. FC Union Berlin has kept a very good chance of progressing. The Bundesliga club from the capital won 3-0 (1-0) against Maccabi Haifa on Thursday evening. The lead in the game, which was played in the Olympic Stadium and thus the actual venue of Hertha BSC, was achieved by Andreas Voglsammer in the 33rd minute.
Shortly after the break, Kevin Behrens increased (48th). In front of 23,342 spectators, Taiwo Awoniyi (77th) scored the third goal against the Israeli champions, who wrested a 0-0 from Feyenoord Rotterdam at the start of the group stage in the new European league after the Champions and Europa League. Union started with a 3-1 defeat at Slavia Prague.