Summary

  • Huszti and Seferovic score to drown out Aubemeyang’s goal for the visitors.
  • Frankfurt have now gone six games without defeat.
  • Die Adler pull to third, for 24 hours at least.

Eintracht Frankfurt weathered a first-half storm to prevail 2-1 against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday evening. Szabolcs Huszti and Haris Seferovic scored either side of a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equaliser to separate the sides at the Commerzbank Arena.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

Goals: 1-0 Huszti (46’), 1-1 Aubameyang (77’), 2-1 Seferovic (79’)

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Frankfurt and Dortmund began the day in seventh and third respectively, with only goal-difference separating the sides, but it was visiting BVB who had much of the early play. Andre Schürrle sped past Michael Hector before fizzing his shot straight at Lukas Hradecky in the Eintracht goal before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang followed suit having sprung the offside trap. Dortmund were firmly in the ascendancy in the opening 45 minutes, but the hosts nearly stole the lead after a swift counter-attack, only to see Huszti’s shot punched away by Roman Weidenfeller.

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Whatever Niko Kovac said to his charges at the interval seemed to spur them into action, though, with Die Adler soaring into the lead seconds after second-half kick-off. Timothy Chandler got free on the right after a long ball forward before cutting back to the edge of the box and this time Huszti, on his allegedly weaker right foot, lashed home for 1-0. Thomas Tuchel threw on Marco Reus, Ousmane Dembele and Sebastian Rode just inside the hour, and Dembele teed up Aubameyang to head home a well-taken equaliser soon after. The visitors’ joy lasted all of two minutes, though, with Eintracht’s own second-half substitute Haris Seferovic steering home from the edge of the box. Dembele hit the bar in injury time but his effort stayed out and it ended 2-1.

No player in the Bundesliga has kept more clean sheets than Eintracht Frankfurt's Lukas Hradecky this season.

Man of the match

Huszti and Seferovic might grab the headlines but if it wasn’t for Hradecky’s intervention Eintracht would have found themselves chasing the game inside the first 20 minutes. The Czech-born Finland No1 has a league-high five clean sheets to his name, with Aubameyang’s text-book header the only thing that stopped him from extending that record.

Talking point

With 24 points, Eintracht boast their best haul of points from their opening 12 games in years. The fact they still trail leaders RB Leipzig by six points, with the gap between them and Hertha Berlin in seventh only down to three, illustrates that this is shaping up to be one of the most competitive European races in years.

Match stats

  • Eintracht are now undefeated in six games.
  • Aubameyang has a league-high 13 goals to his name.
  • Without a goal since February, Huszti has now scored twice this season - against FC Bayern München and now Dortmund.
  • Adrian Ramos made his 50th Bundesliga appearance for Dortmund.

Marco Reus (c.) started on his bench depite notching a hat-trick against Legia Warszawa on his Borussia Dortmund comeback in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

Line-ups

Frankfurt: Hradecky - Abraham, Hasebe, Vallejo - Chandler, Oczipka – Huszti (Barkok 82’), Hector - Fabian (Hrgota 90+4'), Gacinovic – Meier (c) (Seferovic 71’)

Coach: Niko Kovac

Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Sokratis, Ginter, Schmelzer (c) – Weigl (Rode 58’) - Götze, Castro, Schürrle (Dembele 58’) – Ramos (Reus 58’), Aubameyang
Coach: Thomas Tuchel