- 5000 fans accompanied Eintracht Frankfurt to Cyprus for the away game against Apollon Limassol.
- With the fourth victory in the fourth game Frankfurt moves prematurely into the knockout phase of the Europa League.
- Coach Adi Hütter puts off his usual restraint after the match.
Adi Hütter stood with clenched fist in front of the 5000 enthusiastic fans and started to celebrate the day a La Ola. After the premature entry into the knockout stages of the Europa League, the introverted coach of Eintracht Frankfurt abandoned his usual restraint and let the emotions run wild. "That was an incredibly great moment," said the 48-year-old Austrian, describing the unfamiliar scene: "I wanted to thank the fans, because I have the feeling that I'm more and more in Frankfurt and the fans appreciate me."
As only third German team after the VfB Stuttgart (2010/11) and Schalke 04 (2016/17) the Eintracht managed with the 3: 2 (1-0) at Apollon Limassol in the first four group matches of the Europa League four wins – and thus the early jump into the round of the best 32 teams. "It is surprising and impressive that we are in this difficult group after four games with twelve points," Hütter stated: "The progress means a lot to me, because it is not self-evident, which I am proud of."
Hütter was interviewed, defender Danny da Costa took over the questions after the game itself.
Frankfurt has been unbeaten for eight games
However, Eintracht struggled with the Cypriot runner-up. "We did not always have everything under control," midfielder Gelson Fernandes admitted, "they've noticed we're not that fresh." Thanks to goals from Luka Jovic (17th minute), Sébastien Haller (55.) and Mijat Gacinovic (58.) it was enough for the DFB Cup winner to victory. Frankfurt has been unbeaten for eight games. On Sunday, the series is to be expanded in the Bundesliga against Schalke 04. Should this succeed, Hessen would go with 20 points in the international break.
The international interim balance is also impressive. Eintracht have won the already defeated last year's finalists Olympique Marseille, also presented the already qualified for the semifinals second group Lazio Rome and twice fulfilled their duty against Underdog Limassol. "We can do Europe", member of the board Axel Hellmann rejoiced.
Fans are already dreaming of Baku – the final on May 28th. Sport director Hübner does not think so far yet: "We try to finish the group first, and then hope for an attractive opponent." At least Hütter hinted that Eintracht still has a lot to do. "It's just a milestone," he said about progressing, "because we want to be in Europe longer."