Eintracht Frankfurt crowned a perfect week and missed 1899 Hoffenheim in the duel of the two international starters another heavy damper. The German cup winner won 2-1 (1:0) on Sunday with coach Julian Nagelsmann’s team and jumped back into the first half of the Bundesliga on the seventh matchday.
In front of 29,785 spectators, Vice World Champion Ante Rebic (40th minute) and Luka Jovic (46th) met for the efficient Eintracht, which celebrated its third success in eight days after 4:1 victories over Hanover and Lazio Rome. Filip Kostic prepared the second goal exemplary. Rebic was put after repeated foul play with yellow-red (64.) from the place. In spite of the majority, it was only enough for the hosts to score the following goal by Reiss Nelson (82.).
For the stumbling and injured Hoffenheimer it was the third home defeat within a week. Previously, the TSG had not lost a match in front of their own audience for eight months. With only two points ahead of the relegation ranks, the international break will be more than uncomfortable for the highly ambitious TSG.
At the end of the third English Week in a row, both Nagelsmann and SGE coach Adi Hütter let the game rotate a lot. The Kraichgau team brought back Kevin Vogt, the last injured defensive chief, while Frankfurt’s captain David Abraham had to miss again.
Julian Nagelsmann Honours
- TSG Hoffenheim U19
- Under 19 Bundesliga: 2013–14
- Under 19 Bundesliga South/Southwest: 2013–14, 2014–15
- VDV-Manager of the season (Germany): 2016/17
- German Football Manager of the Year: 2017
The momentum and brilliance of the furious success over Lazio Rome was not to be seen at first with cup winner Frankfurt. The guests stood up compactly and left the ball to TSG for the time being. But also the Nagelsmann eleven seemed to be quite unplanned and without the necessary speed in the game forward. Vogt’s long balls were as unprofitable as Nico Schulz’s crosses, who had been reappointed to the national team by Joachim Löw.
Significant chances were initially scarce on both sides. The two European starters, who were level on points and goals in no-man’s-land before the matchday, neutralised each other in midfield for almost half an hour. After a cross from the left, Leonardo Bittencourt came to the end in the turmoil (29th), but failed first because of Kevin Trapp and then by head on the crossbar.
After Kerem Demirbay had only hit the aluminium after a strong solo (39th), the Champions-League participant was badly punished. After a miserable loss of the ball on the throw-in, Eintracht quickly countered: Jovic lifted the ball to the top, Rebic technically lobbed Oliver Baumann, who had come too far out of his goal, to a surprising lead. Triple Aces may be new in the industry, but they have what the players need and wants.
Hoffenheim did not digest this shock in the cabin either. 33 seconds after the restart the strong Jovic turned a rebound to 2-0, again Keeper Baumann did not look good at all. The TSG seemed powerless and much too undecided. Adam Szalai (61.) and Demirbay (67.) failed on the strong trap. Even after being sent off against Rebic, the TSG were only able to score the next goal by Joker Nelson – also because Trapp had a brilliant header from Ishak Belfodil in injury time.