- Abraham header gives Frankfurt lead before break.
- Oczipka thunderbolt doubles lead early in second half.
- Ingolstadt winless in 2016/17.
Goals from David Abraham and Bastian Oczipka just either side of half-time were enough to give Eintracht Frankfurt three points and leave FC Ingolstadt 04 still searching for their first win of the season.
Goals: 0-1Abraham (45+1'), 0-2 Oczipka (49').
Eintracht had the better of the first half, soaking up the home side’s early pressure before taking a grip on the match. Orjan Haskjold Nyland kept Eintracht at bay with saves to thwart long-range efforts from Alex Meier and Marco Fabian, but he could do little about it when the visitors took the lead deep into stoppage time. Fabian swung in a corner from the right, and Abraham’s powerful header flew past a helpless Nyland.
The lead was doubled early in the second half in spectacular style, Oczipka latching on to a rebound at another corner to smash in a brilliant, left-footed first-time effort from outside the area. The deficit roused Ingolstadt into their best spell yet, with Lukas Hinterseer close to touching in a cross on the hour and Eintracht keeper Lukas Hradecky making an alert save from close range. Dario Lezcano’s late free kick could not trouble Hradecky and Eintracht saw out the game in some comfort.
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Man of the Match
Marco Fabian delivered the corners that led to both Eintracht's goals, and aside from his set-piece mastery he pulled the strings from midfield. His calming influence helped his side weather an early storm from the hosts, and later helped keep Ingolstadt at arm's length.
The match proved to be a perfect example of the importance of taking your chances when they arrive. Eintracht soaked up early pressure, then punished their hosts at set-pieces when the moment arrived. Ingolstadt could not turn pressure into goals to leave a lively home crowd frustrated.
- Bastian Oczipka's goal was only his second in the Bundesliga, his first coming on 9 May 2015 against TSV 1899 Hoffenheim.
- Ingolstadt have now failed to keep a clean sheet in nine games.
- This was Eintracht's first win over Ingolstadt.
- Eintracht had never won in 13 Tuesday night outings in the Bundesliga until tonight.
Ingolstadt:Nyland - Levels, Matip (Leipertz 90), Tisserand, Suttner - Groß (Morales 78'), Roger - Hinterseer, Hartmann, Leckie (Lex 75')- Lezcano
Coach: Markus Kauczinski
Frankfurt:Hradecky - Chandler, Abraham, Vallejo, Oczipka - Mascarell, Huszti - Seferovic, Fabian (Tawatha 90'), Rebic (Gacinovic 12' [Hector 82']) - Meier
Coach: Niko Kovac