Sogar better than Bayern Munich: Eintracht Frankfurt defeated runner-up Schalke 04 3: 0 (0: 0) with a brace from top striker Luka Jovic and another Sebastien Haller goal, displacing the German champions from fourth place and a Champions League title Place conquered. Frankfurt have scored 16 points from their last six games – just like leaders Borussia Dortmund. The Serbian Jovic scored for the eighth and ninth time (61./73.) This season for Eintracht, which is undefeated since eight home games against Schalke. Haller put in the 80th minute the end.
Frankfurt took eight wins from their nine competitive matches. The Royal Blues conceded after five competitive games without defeat, however, again a bankruptcy and remain with only ten points on the account continues well below expectations.
Eintracht coach Adi Hütter had changed his starting eleven on three occasions compared to 3-2 (1-0) on Thursday in the Europa League at Apollon Limassol. Schalke coach Domenico Tedesco also moved to Galatasaray Istanbul three times in the Champions League, 2-0 (1-0) on Tuesday. In front of 50,000 spectators in the Frankfurt arena, the hosts made a lot of pressure right from the start. The defense of the Schalke, which lacked Hamza Mendyl and Cedric Teuchert, had their hands full. One goal was scored by the Frankfurters, who had to do without Timothy Chandler, Carlos Salcedo, Lucas Torro and Goncalo Paciencia, but not in the initial phase. Even then, the events took place largely in half of the Schalke. The defensively adjusted guests sought their salvation in counterattacks, which usually got stuck in the beginning. The best chance in this phase was awarded by Evan Ndicka from Frankfurt with a header from Jonathan de Guzman (19).
Schalke braver, but not dangerous
In the middle of the first half the Schalke were brave, but S04 did not score before Kevin Trapp's goal. The encounter lived in these minutes of midfield duels. Offer. Only a Schalke counter-attack over Mark Uth caused a little danger (34.). Overall, the entertainment value of the first half was extremely manageable. At the beginning of the second round, nothing changed at first, the game remained a bore. Eintracht lacked creativity on offense. The Schalke's rare attempts at attacking had a more alibi character. In the 54th minute had also national player Uth due to a thigh injury out – his trip to the DFB team will have to cancel the Ex-Hoffenheimer almost certainly. For Uth came Yevgeny Konoplyanka.
Shortly thereafter, it was then up at the gates. First, Breel Embolo missed the big opportunity to Schalke's lead (60th), in return, it made Jovic better. Croatian vice-world champion Ante Rebic got the second goal on the foot a little later but hit the post (66 '). Then Jovic aimed in detail after preliminary work by Filip Kostic, before Haller also entered the scoring list.