Wa spectacle! Driven by an unbelievable mood in the Frankfurt arena, the Eintracht defeated Lazio 4: 1 on Thursday evening with an impressive performance in the second group match of the Europa League. It was a football festival, which got the 47,000 spectators bid in the sold-out venue.
The Bundesliga side of the Bundesliga was by far the best player of the season, beating Danny da Costa (4th and 90th + 4), Filip Kostic (28th) and Luka Jovic (52nd). earned a deserved goal by Marco Parolo (23rd). With two successes in two games – to kick off the 2-1 coup at last year's Europa League finalist Olympique Marseille – leads the team of coach Adi Hütter at the same time their group and has the best chances to continue playing European next year allowed.
Even before the ball started rolling, it was really loud in the arena for the first time. So loud that Kevin-Prince Boateng initially had no chance to make his voice heard. "You are the hottest fans I have ever played for," said the former Eintracht professional, who had as a driver and head of the team significantly contributed to the Cup victory. "You will always be a big part of the Eintracht family," said sporting director Fredi Bobic at Boateng's official farewell, to which the fans chanted again and again: "German Cup winner – SGE."
The whole stadium – a single party zone. For days, the fans had prepared for it, and just before the kick-off, it was time: The huge choreography, stretched all over the opposite tribune and the Northwest tribune, came gradually to the fore. "Frankfurt 1980. Here we got the trophy – on her black and white hero, get him again." A silver-held tribute to the 1980 Uefa Cup victory.
European League winner 2019? The Eintracht would be glad if they survive the group stage against strong opponents and move into the knockout round. And, yes, it looks good. Just four minutes later, Hütter's team took the lead. After a corner by Jonathan de Guzman the defender defended da Costa pressed the ball under the cheers of the audience in the gate of the Romans. 1-0 against the favorites – that pleased the Frankfurter, but in the episode but negligently gave the game out of hand.
From then on Lazio was on the trigger, and it only took until the 23rd Minute, in which the equalizer fell. Although the Eintracht claimed a hand-play in the preparation of the counterattack. But referee Serdar Gözübüyk left the game running – and Lazio struck by Captain Parolo ice cold.
Driven by the tireless fans who made for a great atmosphere in the bulging arena, Eintracht could not be disturbed by the balance. Only five minutes later she took the lead again. This time it was the strong Kostic, who slammed the ball from close range to 2: 1 after a double preparation of Sébastien Haller and Mijat Gacinovic under the bar.
Should Hütter be right? To prepare for the first European Cup home game in five years, the Eintracht coach had announced that he wanted to appear "controlled with emotion and euphoria". A plan, which was above all because the Frankfurt could rely on the fantastic support of their followers. captain Marco Russ, who was expected to represent injured incumbent David Abraham, was also right because this match against Lazio was in many ways a "highlight". Russ had in retrospect talked about the recent European games of "pictures for life". New ones were added to Lazio.
Even after the break, the lively game continued, which brought an advantage for concordance just before the half-time whistle. For Dusan Basta was indeed basta – he saw the second time yellow and was directed with yellow-red of the field. Even in the 49th minute Jovic could have increased the lead to 3: 1, but his shot missed the left post. Three minutes later: Haller won the ball in his own half, drove him to the other side of the penalty area, passed the free-standing Jovic – and ran shortly thereafter to the stormy colleagues, who overcame Lazio keeper Silvio Proto with a sensational lift. Now it was really 3: 1 – and the arena seemingly head. And Lazio crumbled more and more, because after a streak against de Guzman saw Joaquin Correa Red (58.).
The rest was a formality. Hütter took Jovic out in the 67th minute under the stormy applause of the audience, brought Ante Rebic, shortly before the end even Marc Stendera for de Guzman – and later at the end of a great football night, the Costa da Costa in added time still contributed the 4: 1, celebrate under the ever-rejoicing jubilation and standing ovations together with his team as the new leaders.