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Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League at Olympiacos Piraeus

Ssun instead of rain – but already the first setback for unity. Even if the meteorological conditions for an attractive football game in mild Piraeus are hardly better: The game at Olympiakos takes place without Filip Kostic. The Serb was injured on Tuesday. On Wednesday, when the team turned their back on the dreadful Frankfurt weather and flew to Athens, Kostic was not there. The unity even without Kostic in the European Cup fever – once again.

The Europa League is Frankfurt’s favorite competition. This Thursday, coach Oliver Glasner’s team will have the chance to take a giant step towards the round of 16 with a sense of achievement. With seven points from three games, Eintracht are leaders of Group D. One point behind is Olympiacos, the opponent who can bet on the home game bonus at the Giorgios Karaiskakis Stadium.

When it starts (6.45 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Europa League and on TVNOW), Eintracht will not be alone. 1400 followers made their way to the Greek capital. They will meet in the afternoon in the old Athens Olympic Stadium, from there take a bus convoy to the Olympiakos Stadium named after a freedom fighter in Piraeus, in order to later help atmospherically that Eintracht, which is still playing football like on a roller coaster ride, finally finds a clear course hits. But not much of that has been seen since coach Glasner started work. In the Bundesliga, Eintracht, who are in fifteenth place in the table, is not making any headway at all. Only in the Europa League does the team show a familiar face.

“There is still a lot to do”

The game in Piraeus is the great test. The endurance test against the currently worst Bundesliga team, Spielvereinigung Greuther Fürth, will follow on Sunday. Victory is a must there. In Greece Glasner would be happy with a draw, but the Austrian wants more. To do this, he gets his team rotating.

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