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All eyes on final at Sporting Lisbon

In showing greatness in defeat. This is exactly what Oliver Glasner did. After the 2-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund, he could have blamed the referees, who made the wrong decision in a possibly game-winning scene after the clear foul on Jesper Lindström (42nd minute). This is exactly what Glasner did not do. Despite all the trouble and a short professional excitement, he limited himself to reprimanding his players for negligently exploiting chances.

“I’m proud of the excellent performance, which makes me happy, and I’m disappointed with the result,” said the Frankfurt soccer coach. “What we did in the second half and how we almost pushed BVB in was unbelievable. But we have to take it upon ourselves that we didn’t score any goals from these chances.” Glasner is convinced: “Some days the efficiency isn’t there.”

Three weeks ago, deep in the west, Eintracht suffered their last defeat in the Bundesliga. But there is a huge difference between the 0:3 at VfL Bochum and the 1:2 now against Borussia Dortmund. In the Ruhr Stadium, Glasner’s team was beside themselves and did not achieve anything substantial. In the Frankfurt arena, however, the team for which Daichi Kamada scored again showed a thrilling game with many facets – just not with enough goals to get the deserved return.

Many of the 50,000 visitors in the sold-out stadium saw it that way – and above all one who is particularly attentive because of his job: Sport Director Markus Krösche. For the Frankfurt manager there was no question that “we played an outstanding game and lost undeservedly. We had Dortmund totally under control, but unfortunately didn’t reward ourselves.”

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