Fourth victory in the fourth game: Eintracht Frankfurt prevails at Apollon Limassol with 3: 2 goals. The Bundesliga dominated the action, only in the hectic final phase succeeds the club from Cyprus some earnings cosmetics.
Bundesliga club Eintracht Frankfurt has reached the knockout round of the Europa League with a 3-2 draw at Apollon Limassol in Nicosia two games before the end of the group stage. The Hesse celebrated the fourth victory in the fourth group match. "You just have to say: Hats off! We're on the right track," said goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. Luka Jovic scored the lead for Eintracht (17.), Sebastien Haller (55.) and Mijat Gacinovic (58.) followed suit. Emilio Zelaya (71., 90. + 4 / penalties) scored for Limassol, Frankfurt Marc Stendera had seen in between the yellow-red card (81). The Bundesliga started as in the first leg (2: 0) with a controlled offensive. After about ten minutes, the gameplay shifted almost completely in half of the international second-rate Cypriots. Stendera initially fired a warning shot (15th) before Jovic scored his tenth competitive goal this season. The approximately 5000 Frankfurt fans in the stadium provided from the start for a home-friendly atmosphere. For the club was crucial that it apparently remained peaceful. "We are under the burning glass," board member Axel Hellmann had warned. Recent riots would jeopardize the big party in Rome: on the last group match day (December 13), probably 15,000 Frankfurt will travel to Italy – the club hopes to get even more than the 5800 guest tickets. In order for the game in Rome to be a by-product in sports, Eintracht coach Adi Hütter decided not to go on a major rotation in Cyprus. Nevertheless, his team dominated the action, only in the hectic final phase, the hosts were still approaching.