Despite going behind twice, Eintracht Frankfurt responded through André Silva and an own goal to earn a deserved 2-2 draw at home to Borussia Dortmund.

Csm 13121 1569170469 20190919maxgalysgears 01760 d7c4ccf619 André Silva’s first-half equaliser was his first competitive goal for Eintracht.

In a hard-fought and suspenseful encounter at a raucous Commerzbank-Arena on Sunday, the Eagles showed great steel to bounce back twice and clinch a point courtesy of Silva’s first Bundesliga goal and a Thomas Delaney own goal.

Personnel: Four changes

Head coach Adi Hütter made four alterations to the team that lost to Arsenal in the UEFA Europa League, handing Almamy Touré his first Bundesliga start of the season and giving Erik Durm the opportunity to play against his former club. In addition, Goncalo Paciencia and Gelson Fernandes came in for Bas Dost and Danny da Costa, who both dropped to the bench.

First half: Early setback

Eintracht started the match strongly, immediately exerting pressure on the Dortmund rearguard, but it was the visitors who made the breakthrough in the 11th minute when Axel Witsel ghosted into the box to get on the end of a Thorgan Hazard cross and slot the ball past Kevin Trapp. Subsequently, the Eagles set about trying to find a way back into the match, probing without creating any clear-cut chances, while their opponents continued to look dangerous on the break, particularly down the right flank. The home side began to step up their efforts in the closing ten minutes of the first half, exemplified by a Silva header that flashed just wide. It was a sign of things to come, as two minutes before the break Djibril Sow picked up a loose ball on the byline and instantly whipped in a low cross that Silva coolly steered into the net for a much-needed equaliser.

Second half: Battling performance

Eintracht upped the tempo in the second period, enjoying more possession and creating more meaningful attacks that led to Durm and Sow producing worthwhile efforts on goal. Borussia continued to threaten at the other end, however, and they regained the lead in the 66th minute when Jadon Sancho tapped home from close range after Witsel’s mis-hit effort fortuitously fell to him right in front of goal. The Eagles reacted effectively, as first Kostic fired over the bar and then substitute Daichi Kamada – one of just two players to have featured in all of Eintracht’s competitive games this campaign – shot straight at Roman Bürki. The game then entered an end-to-end phase, during which Marco Reus and Silva both squandered viable chances. Two minutes from time, just when it seemed Dortmund might hold on for all three points, SGE conjured up an equaliser, Kamada stretching to meet Martin Hinteregger’s vigorous cross and guide the ball into the net off Delaney’s leg.

Summary: Merited point

After falling behind on two occasions, the Eagles didn’t let their heads drop and fought for every blade of grass, and were good value for a point when all was said and done. With tough assignments coming up over the next few weeks, Hütter will likely be pleased with the way in which his players met a significant challenge head-on today.

SGE line-up

Trapp – Toure (Chandler 83’), Hasebe, Hinteregger – Durm, Kohr (Kamada 67’), Fernandes, Kostic – Sow – Silva, Paciencia (Dost 79’)

Goals

0-1 Witsel (11’)
1-1 Silva (43’)
1-2 Sancho (66’)
2-2 Delaney OG (88’)

  • 0'
    Kickoff Icon
    Kickoff
  • 11'
    Borussia Dortmund
    Goal Goal
    Axel Witsel
  • 32'
    Borussia Dortmund
    Card yellow Yellow card
    Mats Hummels
  • 43'
    Eintracht Frankfurt
    Goal Goal
    Andre Miguel Valente Silva
  • Halftime Icon
    Halftime
  • 63'
    Borussia Dortmund
    Switch Substitution
    Dan-Axel Zagadou for Mats Hummels
  • 65'
    Eintracht Frankfurt
    Card yellow Yellow card
    Almamy Toure
  • 66'
    Borussia Dortmund
    Goal Goal
    Jadon Sancho
  • 67'
    Eintracht Frankfurt
    Switch Substitution
    Daichi Kamada for Dominik Kohr
  • 73'
    Borussia Dortmund
    Switch Substitution
    Julian Brandt for Jadon Sancho
  • 76'
    Borussia Dortmund
    Switch Substitution
    Mario Goetze for Francisco Alcacer
  • 79'
    Eintracht Frankfurt
    Switch Substitution
    Bas Dost for Goncalo Paciencia
  • 83'
    Eintracht Frankfurt
    Switch Substitution
    Timothy Chandler for Almamy Toure
  • 86'
    Borussia Dortmund
    Card yellow Yellow card
    Achraf Hakimi
  • 88'
    Eintracht Frankfurt
    Goal Goal
    Thomas Delaney (Own goal)
  • 91'
    Eintracht Frankfurt
    Card yellow Yellow card
    Timothy Chandler
  • 94'
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    End
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