Leverkusen, Frankfurt and Union win – German goal tally 8: 0
Three matches and three victories for German teams on the European stage. Eintracht Frankfurt happily shivered with a penalty kick against Antwerp in injury time. Then Bayer Leverkusen and Union Berlin followed suit against Glasgow and Haifa – also without conceding goals.
NSatchwinner Gonçalo Paciência sank to his knees in relief, and his teammates from Eintracht Frankfurt hugged each other. With his last-minute goal 1-0 (0-0) in the Europa League Group B match at Royal Antwerp, the Portuguese handed Hesian the first win of the season in Thursday’s ninth competitive game and rescued the team. The Bundesliga club from the crisis of tangible profits.
The striker, who was recently replaced, scored a penalty in the first minute of injury time, and thus also caused great relief to coach Oliver Glasner. Thanks to the success in a heated match in front of about 13,000 spectators, some of whom wanted to storm the field after Frankfurt’s goal, Eintracht earned four points in Group D and is thus well off to a good start in the race for a place in the provided knockout stage.
Smoke billowed from Bengal from the ranks of royal fans didn’t quite go away, so the Hessians had their first chance. With a free kick from a distance of 20 meters, Martin Hinterger failed to meet the strong Antwerp goalkeeper Jan Botize. It was three minutes and five minutes later, Sam Lammers grabbed the ball well from the right after a direct tackle from Timothy Chandler, but fired just a few meters in front of the goal when attempting the shot. After another ten minutes, Philippe Costek joined the ranks of those who missed opportunities when he failed against Botiz.
Until then, the challenge was less than Kevin Trapp. The Eintracht goalkeeper saved Antwerp’s first shot on target by Victor Fischer before Kostik’s chance. Former Werder striker Johannes Eggstein couldn’t really beat Frankfurt’s defensive line-up, who also returned to the three-man series, with Makoto Hasebe and Alamy Toure, also newly appointed in the starting line-up. Manuel Benson (34) tried a single shot, but the ball just missed.
From a stable defense, Frankfurt gets very few right counter-attacks. Agden Hrocic, whose squad Glasner himself promised more danger on goal than the attacking midfield, was unable to carry out any assists. Even in the standard setting, the ball did not want to enter the Belgians’ goal, who lost their opening group game 2-1 to Olympiacos Piraeus and were under more pressure from the visitors after their 1-1 draw with Fenerbahce Istanbul. .
Hooligan riots and attack on Trapp
And obviously the fans too, although there were riots by German hooligans in Antwerp before the match. Shortly after the second half, the fireworks hit Trapp’s legs on the grass, the goalkeeper fell and was tackled at the start, but was able to continue playing and shine after a good hour after a header from Denis Almeida.
In the hot and invigorated atmosphere, it was the hosts who pushed towards a goal and had the best chance via Mbwana Satama (64th), while the Eintracht defensive squad worsened and captain Hasebe had to leave the field. The latest attack brought the long-awaited visitors to their first win of the season when substitute Jesper Lindstrom was fouled in the penalty area.
Leverkusen hits Glasgow 4-0
In the Bundesliga, Bayer Leverkusen also won its second match in the group stage of the European League and thus achieved the next important success in the knockout stage. The Bundesliga runners-up prevailed Thursday night in Group G against 51-time Scottish champion Celtic Glasgow 4-0 (2-0) after Bayer’s 2-1 win over Ferencvaros Budapest at the start.
Piero Hincape (25th minute), Florian Werts (35) and Lucas Alario (58) met with a converted penalty and Amin Adly (90 + 4) for the guests in front of nearly 60,000 spectators at Celtic Park. For the Scots, it was the second defeat after the brilliant match 3: 4 against Betis Sevilla.
Al Ittihad defeats Haifa 3-0 – Good chances to advance
With their first win in the conference league, FC Union Berlin kept their chances of progressing very well. The Bundesliga club from the capital won 3-0 (1-0) over Maccabi Haifa on Thursday evening. Andreas Vogelsamer took the lead in the match at the Olympic Stadium and thus Hertha’s actual stadium in the 33rd minute.
Soon after the break, Kevin Burns (48th place) increased. In front of 23,342 spectators, Taiwo Ounii (77) scored the third goal against the Israeli champions, who snatched 0-0 from Feyenoord Rotterdam at the start of the group stage in the new European League after the Champions League and Europa League. Ittihad started with a 3-1 defeat to Slavia Prague.