bundesliga

Eintracht Frankfurt and Augsburg off the mark after goalless draw

Eintracht Frankfurt and Augsburg picked up their first point of the season from a goalless draw at the Deutsche Bank Arena.

Frankfurt 0-0 Augsburg

Both teams were still digesting heavy opening-day defeats as they took to the field in the first half, but there was more of a spring in the hosts' step as they were lifted by the return of some of the most passionate fans in Germany to their stadium. Rafael Santos Borre looked poised to celebrate his first Bundesliga goal when he met Jesper Lindström's low cross, but his shot was deflected behind by Felix Uduokhai. Frankfurt continued to do most of the attacking, but it was not until the 38th minute that they finally managed to get a shot on Rafal Gikiewicz's goal, with Jens Petter Hauge's effort saved.

Filip Kostic fizzed in the next effort on Gikiewicz's goal ten minutes into the second half as Frankfurt responded to their vociferous backing. A Lindström free-kick was punched away by the last line of the Augsburg defence as the pressure mounted on the guests. Carlos Gruezo sent a rare shot in on Kevin Trapp's goal, but Frankfurt were soon back on the attack with substitute Daichi Kamada and Borre denied by Gikiewicz. Both sides had conceded five and four goals respectively on the opening day of the season, yet the defences were on top this week with Reece Oxford and Uduokhai formidable at the heart of the Augsburg rearguard, helping Markus Weinzierl's men pick up their first point of the season.

Fans were back in force for Frankfurt, although they were disappointed by a goalless draw. - Getty

Match stats

  • Oliver Glasner made five changes to the side which lost to Dortmund on Matchday 1, including handing starting debuts to Christopher Lenz, Hauge and Lindström.
  • Frankfurt's last goalless draw came on 27 April 2019, at home to Hertha Berlin.
  • Frankfurt have taken 31 shots over their first two matchdays, with just one goal to show from it.
  • Weinzierl is the only Bundesliga coach never to have won on the first two matchdays of the season, with just two points from a possible 36.
  • Frankfurt were the only team besides Bayern Munich to go unbeaten at home in the Bundesliga last season. They haven't lost at Deutsche Bank Park since it was renamed, and since a 2-0 defeat to Mainz on Matchday 30 of 2019/20.
  • Die Fuggerstädter ended a six-game losing streak on the road, dating back to a 1-0 win at Mainz on 28 February, with Andre Hahn scoring the only goal.

Line-ups

Frankfurt: Trapp - Durm, Hinteregger (c), N'Dicka, Lenz - Sow, Hrustic (Hasebe 80') - Hauge (Kamada 70'), Lindstrom (Ache 80'), Kostic – Borre
Unused subs: Ramaj, Ilsanker, Chandler, da Costa, Barkok, Tuta-Silva
Out: Rode (knee), Toure (thigh)
Coach:
Oliver Glasner

Augsburg: Gikiewicz - Gumny, Oxford, Uduokhai (c), Iago - Moravek, Dorsch (Pedersen 72') - Framberger (Gregoritsch 72'), Hahn (Caligiuri 72'), Vargas – Niederlechner (Jensen 17')
Unused subs: Koubek, Gruezo, Sarenren Bazee, Winther, Schmidt
Out: Civeja (pelvis), Cordova (muscular), Finnbogason (ankle), Gouweleeuw (knock), Strobl (ankle)
Coach:
Markus Weinzierl