Goncalo Paciencia thunderbolt rescues a point for Eintracht Frankfurt against Borussia Mönchengladbach
A stunning second-half strike from Goncalo Paciencia helped Eintracht Frankfurt peg back Borussia Mönchengladbach, who had led through Alassane Plea.
Frankfurt 1-1 Gladbach
Goals: 0-1 Plea 4' (assist: Lainer), 1-1 Paciencia (66')
Facing into what was their third game in six days, Eintracht's European heroes would be forgiven for feeling a little weary with Gladbach in town. In contrast to the celebratory atmosphere that accompanied the team's advance to the Europa League final last Thursday, the mood among home fans inside Deutsche Bank Park dipped slightly when Plea opened the scoring for the visiting Foals in the fourth minute. Taking advantage of a lapse in possession, Borussia made inroads through the middle before the ball was worked out to Stefan Lainer. The Austrian's cross from the right was met by Plea, who got ahead of Tuta to strike home his ninth goal of the campaign. Looking to improve on a return of just five points from eight games at home since the turn of the year, Die Adler sought a way back into the game, however, a Paciencia shot that stung the palms of goalkeeper Tobias Sippel was as good as it got for Oliver Glasner's men in the opening 45 minutes.
Eintracht introduced their Serbian crossing machine, Filip Kostic, to rapturous applause after the restart but it was Die Fohlen who began the half on the up. A Florian Neuhaus ball into the mixer had to be dealt with by Trapp, who was fully alert again soon afterwards to deny Breel Embolo after the striker burst clean through on goal. The second half quickly proving a livelier affair than the first, Stefan Ilsanker had the home supporters on their feet with a goalbound shot that was hacked off the line by Gladbach goalscorer Plea. The hosts gradually introducing more of the men who featured in the midweek win against West Ham, and the changes inspired the desired effect. Picking up possession outside the Borussia area, Paciencia unleashed a thunderbolt of a shot that blazed past Sippel and almost burst the net. At the other end, Makoto Hasebe ensured Eintracht didn't immediately fall behind, the defender blocking an Embolo effort on the line. Daichi Kamada had the ball in the net at the death, but the effort was ruled out, meaning both sides emerged with a point.
- Plea scored his ninth goal of the season, six of which have come in the second half of the season. He has scored four times in the first quarter of an hour of games.
- Paciencia's 14th Bundesliga goal was his first from long range.
- Eintracht's equaliser also represented Paciencia's first Bundesliga goal in 2022.
- Frankfurt have now picked up just six points from nine home games in 2022, the lowest tally in the Bundesliga.
- Hofmann made his 200th Bundesliga career appearance for the Foals.
- In 1980, the pair met in the UEFA Cup final. Frankfurt came through on away goals, losing 3-2 in Gladbach before a 1-0 home win.
Watch: Timothy Chandler on Frankfurt's "unbelievable" supporters
Frankfurt: Trapp (c) - Tuta (Kostic 46'), Hasebe, Ndicka – Da Costa (Lenz 83'), Ilsanker (Sow 65'), Hrustic, Chandler – Barkok (Hauge 58'), Lammers (Kamada 58') – Paciencia
Unused subs: Grahl, Durm, Ache, Knauff
Out: Borre (muscular), Lenz (broken toe), Lindstrom (hamstring), Ramaj (knee), Rode (rested)
Coach: Oliver Glasner
Gladbach: Sippel - Beyer (Scally 86'), Friedrich, Bensebaini - Lainer, Hofmann, Neuhaus, Netz - Stindl (c), Plea (Herrmann 86') – Embolo
Unused subs: Sommer, Ginter, Noß, Bennetts
Out: Benes (thigh), Elvedi (suspended), Kone (suspended), Thuram (hamstring)
Coach: Adi Hütter
Watch: Lars Stindl on Gladbach's "season of highs and lows"
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