Frankfurt - Eintracht Frankfurt got their UEFA Europa League campaign off to a winning start with a comfortable 3-0 win over ten-man FC Girondins de Bordeaux at a packed Commerzbank Arena.

Vaclav Kadlec continued his rich vein of form with a goal inside four minutes as Marco Russ doubled the hosts lead soon after. Constant Djakpa made it three early in the second half with a free-kick from just outside the area, before Lucas Orban was shown a straight red card for bringing down Tranquillo Barnetta when the Swiss international was through on goal.

Kadlec on fire


The home fans had been eagerly anticipating Frankfurt’s return to European action and the Eagles certainly didn’t disappoint the vociferous home crowd. Kadlec, who had scored three goals in as many games for the club since joining from AC Sparta Praha this summer, picked up where he left off against Werder Bremen, as the ball fell fortuitously inside the area allowing the Czech striker to fire the ball into the bottom corner, giving the hosts the lead after just four minutes.

Frankfurt continued to push forward against an under-strength Bordeaux side and got their just rewards after 16 minutes. Barnetta, who had almost doubled the Eagles’ lead himself just moments before, clipped in a dangerous cross which was calmly dispatched by Russ at the near post to put Frankfurt 2-0 up.

Djakpa free-kick makes it three


The hosts started the second half in similar fashion to the first and further extended their lead with a sublime free-kick. Sebastian Rode was fouled on the edge of the box and Djakpa curled the resulting set-piece past the Bordeaux wall and past a helpless Cédric Carrasso.

The visitors' misery was then compounded when Lucas Orban was sent off for bringing down Barnetta as the last man. The sending off led to the game petering out a little in the final half hour with Frankfurt happy to sit back and defend their comfortable lead. Bordeaux keeper Carrasso remained untested late on, but Armin Veh's side will be delighted with a straight-forward opening victory which puts them top of Group F going into Matchday 2.

Line-ups:

Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp - Jung, Zambrano, Anderson, Djakpa - Russ - Rode (Celozzi 69'), Barnetta - Aigner, Inui (Flum 46') - Kadlec (Lakic 81')

Bordeaux: Carrasso - Faubert (Chalme 46'), Henrique, Brechet, Orban - Traore, Poko (Ben Khalfallah 69'), Sertic, Maurice-Belay (Poundje 64') - Rolan, Jussie