Iis this the breakthrough? After the last two weak competitive games, Eintracht showed a strong fighting spirit in the highest European competition and their well-known successful international away face.
On Tuesday evening, coach Oliver Glasner’s Frankfurt team managed a perhaps groundbreaking 1-0 win in Marseille. For the Hessians it was the first victory in the Champions League campaign and after the 0:3 in the opening game against Sporting Lisbon, which also won the second group game against Tottenham Hotspur 2:0, the right signal at the right time. The only goal was scored by Jesper Lindström, who made Eintracht feel happy in the 43rd minute.
Serious riots broke out around the game in Marseille. Two hours before kick-off there was plenty of lighting. Cannon bangs caused loud bangs around the arena and later also in the stadium. Bengalos also burned again and again; fireworks also flew into the sky. A fan of Eintracht Frankfurt was seriously injured. “He’s in the hospital, but his life is out of danger,” said Frankfurt board member Philipp Reschke on Tuesday evening after the 1-0 win in France. As Reschke said, the trailer is said to have been injured by a flare.
Reschke was shocked by the level of violence on both sides. “We have never experienced such a day in this form and did not think it possible in this way. There may not be any real joy because it is very strange what level of aggressiveness and hatred we encountered and of course there were reactions,” said Reschke late Tuesday evening.
There were a lot of perpetrators on both sides, but many more from the ranks of the hosts. “It was the feared state of emergency,” said Reschke. He now expects consequences from the European Football Union for both clubs. “If I fear punishment, it’s more for an away game. But I can’t rule out that the probation for the home game will be affected by history,” said Reschke.
Expresses heated atmosphere
It was an extremely heated atmosphere overall, and it was no wonder that the police had increased their forces to a good 1,000 officers in the French Mediterranean metropolis. 3300 fans of Eintracht had received a ticket for the second premier class game of Frankfurt.
Because last season in the second leg of the semifinals against West Ham United, Frankfurt supporters stormed onto the field after the end of the game to celebrate with the players who had made it to the final, the European Football Union (UEFA) imposed a fine in Amount of 80,000 euros and a ghost game on probation for two years.
There is much to suggest that Eintracht, which is playing on probation, will be drastically held responsible for the derailments of their so-called fans and that a ghost game is imminent. About half an hour before the scheduled kick-off, there had been more serious riots, which should result in punishment for both clubs. Bengalos and rockets kept flying from both fan blocks into the other spectator area. A life-threatening situation for those directly affected.