Eintracht Frankfurt were undone by a clinical performance from FC Basel as they were beaten 3-0 in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie.

André Silva was on his own up front during the first half but was joined by compatriot Goncalo Paciencia after half-time.

Eintracht were punished for not making their dominance count as goals from Samuele Campo, Kevin Bua and Fabian Frei gave the visitors a commanding lead in the tie.

Personnel: Two changes from the weekend

Adi Hütter made two alterations to his starting XI following Saturday’s defeat at Bayer Leverkusen. Captain David Abraham returned in the centre of defence in place of Stefan Ilsanker, while Djibril Sow replaced Dominik Kohr in midfield.

First half: Basel strike first

In front of an empty Commerzbank-Arena, the match got off to a slow start, with Eintracht having the lion’s share of the possession but restricted to long-range efforts. Basel, who had barely threatened up to this point, then took the lead when Campo curled a fine free-kick into the top corner and out of Kevin Trapp’s reach.
The Eagles pushed for an equaliser but continued to be frustrated by the visitors, who went in at half-time with a one-goal lead.

Second half: Eagles punished

Basel started the second period brightly and had a good chance to double their lead when the ball bounced through to Fabian Frei in the penalty area, but he couldn’t direct his volley on target. However, Eintracht soon started to exert pressure and had their first real opportunity in the 52nd minute, when Filip Kostic teed up Andre Silva, who curled the ball over the bar. Shortly after, half-time substitute Goncalo Paciencia headed just over from Kostic’s free-kick.

There was more urgency in Eintracht’s play now, with the chances becoming more frequent. Almamy Toure twice went close within the space of a few minutes, first striking the bar with a mishit cross and then having a half-volley tipped around the post by Basel goalkeeper Jonas Omlin. The Eagles were made to pay for not converting those chances in the 73rd minute when they failed to deal with a long ball from Omlin, and substitute Bua lifted the ball over Trapp. Things got worse for Hütter’s men in the 85th minute, when Frei finished off a swift counter-attack to make it three.

Summary: Not clinical enough

After a flat first half, Eintracht improved after the break and looked close to scoring an equaliser, only to be hit by two sucker punches from an efficient Basel side. The Eagles now have a mountain to climb in the second leg, which will also take place in Frankfurt in a week’s time.

SGE line-up

Trapp – Toure, Abraham, Hinteregger, Ndicka – Sow (Paciencia 46’), Hasebe (Ilsanker 73’), Rode – Kamada (Gacinovic 78), Silva, Kostic

Goals

0-1 Campo (27‘)
0-2 Bua (73‘)
0-3 Frei (85‘)

  • 0'
    Kickoff Icon
    Kickoff
  • 11'
    Basel
    Yellow card
    Samuele Campo
  • 23'
    Eintracht Frankfurt
    Yellow card
    Djibril Sow
  • 27'
    Basel
    Goal
    Samuele Campo
  • Halftime Icon
    Halftime
  • 45'
    Eintracht Frankfurt
    Substitution
    Goncalo Paciencia for Djibril Sow
  • 53'
    Basel
    Yellow card
    Eray Coemert
  • 68'
    Basel
    Substitution
    Kevin Bua for Raoul Petretta
  • 73'
    Basel
    Goal
    Kevin Bua
  • 74'
    Eintracht Frankfurt
    Substitution
    Stefan Ilsanker for Makoto Hasebe
  • 75'
    Basel
    Yellow card
    Omar Alderete
  • 78'
    Eintracht Frankfurt
    Substitution
    Mijat Gacinovic for Daichi Kamada
    Basel
    Substitution
    Jasper van der Werff for Samuele Campo
  • 85'
    Basel
    Goal
    Fabian Frei
  • 92'
    Basel
    Substitution
    Edon Zhegrova for Valentin Stocker
  • 93'
    End Icon
    End
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