Kevin Trapp saved an injury-time penalty as Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to draw with Fenerbahce in their UEFA Europa League Group D opener.
Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 Fenerbahce
Goals: 0-1 Özil (10'), 1-1 Lammers (41')
Winless in their first five competitive matches under Oliver Glasner, Frankfurt’s play in the opening exchanges was typical of a team still very much a work in progress. Trapp was twice forced into evasive action, before Fenerbahce broke through. There was a hint of offside as Mesut Özil turned in from a tight angle following a goalmouth scramble, but the 2014 FIFA World Cup winner's effort stood following a VAR review. Djibril Sow tested Altay Bayindir and new signing Kristijan Jakic shot wide, before Trapp was called on once more to thwart Serdar Aziz from an Özil corner. Frankfurt duly countered to devastating effect, with Filip Kostic crossing for Atalanta loanee Sam Lammers to fire across the goalkeeper and level.
Eintracht were the better side for long periods in the second half, but were indebted to Trapp for keeping the scoreline level on more than one occasion. The Frankfurt custodian had to be very alert to Danny da Costa's underhit back-pass, with Enner Valencia bearing down on goal. Kostic whipped a free-kick straight at Bayindir as the Eagles pushed for a winner, but the last-gasp drama fell at the other end. Trapp conceded a penalty after bringing down substitute Dimitrios Pelkas, only to atone with a fabulous save to his right. Germany U21 international Mergim Berisha's follow-up strike was then ruled out for encroachment as Frankfurt fans celebrated a deserved share of the spoils. They sit third in Group D after one round of games. Olympiacos lead the section for now after their 2-1 win over Royal Antwerp. Eintracht’s next European fixture is in Belgium in a fortnight.
- Trapp has saved eight of 28 penalties faced across his two spells at Frankfurt.
- Lammers scored his first Frankfurt goal on his second start.
- Kostic provided 17 assists from the left wing last term, and has laid on 50 all told in his time with Frankfurt.
- Özil previously enjoyed 13 Bundesliga goals and 37 assists for Schalke and Werder Bremen before his career took him to Real Madrid and Arsenal. He, in fact, made his Bundesliga debut against Frankfurt in August 2006.
- Fener midfielder Luiz Gustavo won the continental treble with Bayern Munich in 2013, either side of spells with Hoffenheim and Wolfsburg.
Frankfurt: Trapp - Da Costa, Hinteregger (c), N'Dicka, Durm - Kamada, Sow, Jakic, Kostic - Borre (Hauge 72'), Lammers
Unused subs: Ramaj, Ilsanker, Toure, Hasebe, Chandler, Barkok, Lindstrom, Tuta, Paciencia
Out: Ache (ineligible), Blanco (ineligible), Rode (knee)
Coach: Oliver Glasner
Fenerbahce: Bayindir - Azim, Kim, Szalai - Osayi-Samuel, Hakan Yandas (Meyer 77'), Gustavo (c), Kadioglu (Gümüskaya 77') - Rossi, Valencia (Berisha 76'), Özil (Pelkas 77')
Unused subs: Özer, Cetin, Güler, Novak, Sanlitürk
Out: Dursun (collarbone), Crespo (ineligible), Kapacak (ineligible), Tisserand (unconfirmed)
Coach: Vitor Pereira
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UEFA Europa League Group G
Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 Ferencvaros
Goals: 0-1 Mmaee (8’), 1-1 Palacios (37’), 2-1 Wirtz (69’)
Leverkusen opened their Europa League campaign with all three points after coming from behind to beat Ferencvaros of Hungary at the BayArena. The visitors took an early lead when Ryan Mmaee tapped in a ball across the face of goal. Die Werkself were level shortly before the break when Jeremie Frimpong overlapped Amine Adli – the summer signing making his first start for the club – and cut back to the edge of the box, where Exequiel Palacios finished with aplomb into the top left corner. The Hungarians had another goal disallowed for handball and Jonathan Tah had one chalked off for a foul at a corner, but there was nothing wrong when teenage sensation Florian Wirtz was picked out in the box by Moussa Diaby and coolly slotted home the winner. Gerardo Seoane’s side join Real Betis on three points in Group G, ahead of Celtic and Ferencvaros.
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Slavia Prague 3-1 Union Berlin
Goals: 1-0 Bah (18’), 1-1 Behrens (70’), 2-1 Kuchta (84’), 3-1 Schranz (88’)
Red card: Jaeckel (40’)
Union Berlin’s first game in the main stage of a European competition for two decades ended in defeat in Prague. The hosts took the lead when Alexander Bah’s shot from 20 yards after a corner found its way through a host of bodies and into the far bottom corner. It got worse for Die Eisernen when Paul Jaeckel was shown a second yellow late in the first half, but they did in fact equalise. Urs Fischer had made a quadruple substitution on the hour, and three of were involved as Andreas Voglsammer held up a high ball and laid it off to Sheraldo Becker, who raced away down the right and squared for Kevin Behrens to finish. But the Berliners were then undone by a horrible slice of luck when a shot from outside the box ricocheted and fell at the feet of Jan Kuchta to tap home. Pushing for another equaliser, Union were then caught out at the back for the third when Ivan Schranz was found following a throw into the box and his shot squirmed under Andreas Luthe in the pouring Czech rain. It leaves the Bundesliga club bottom of Group E after one game, behind Slavia (3 points), Feyenoord and Maccabi Haifa (both 1).
Frankfurt-Fenerbahce: As it happened!
FRANKFURT 1-1 FENER
Lammers and Özil traded goals in an entertaining encounter, but Trapp was the hero with the last-gasp penalty save. Eintracht worthy of at least a point, but their wait for a first win under Glasner goes on.
Trapp saves from Pelkas, with a fabulous dive low to his right!!! Berisha thinks he's scored from the follow-up, but it's ruled out following a VAR review. That would have been so harsh on Frankfurt.
The decision stands. It was a lovely ball from Rossi into the box - Trapp had to come. Can he atone from the spot?
Pelkas goes down under Trapp's challenge. The referee will consult the VAR before making a fnal decision...
FINAL STING IN THE TAIL?
You get the feeling Fener would welcome the final whistle right now. It's not backs to the wall, but Frankfurt look more like scoring a late winner as Kamada miscues a probing Kostic cross.
Vítor Pereira rolls the dice, with his side very much tiring. Max Meyer, who was on loan at Cologne last season, is one of four changes for the visitors.
Aziz upends Lammers on the edge of the area. Kostic whips it goalwards, but fires straight at Bayindir. Frankfurt's best spell by far, this...
Fresh legs in the Frankfurt attack as Jens-Petter Hauge replaces the workhorse that is Rafael Santos Borre. The AC Milan loanee scored three and assisted one in five Europa League appearances for his parent club - and ha already struck twice in this season's Bundesliga.
JAKIC MADE OF STERNER STUFF
Jakic stays down following a clash with Gustavo. He's OK following a spot of treatment, though. Just as well - the Dinamo Zagreb loanee has looked the business in the No.6 role for Frankfurt.
TRAPP CLEARS UP
Da Costa plays his goalkeeper into danger with an undercooked back-pass. Valencia pounces, but Trapp gets there in the nick of time. Fantastic reading of the game from the experienced stopper.
FRANKFURT UPPING THE ANTE
Jakic is beginning to pull the strings from deep as Frankfurt win back-to-back corners. Promising signs again from the Eagles...
TURN FOR THE BETTER
Much better from Frankfurt in the early stages of the second half. They're doing a solid job of picking up Özil and restricting Fener's lively front-line, whilst playing with greater purpose in an attacking sense. Borre is everywhere!
As you were at the start of the second half - can Frankfurt build on Lammers' maiden goal for the club?
WHO IS SAM LAMMERS?
Dutchman Lammers started out at PSV Eindhoven, before kicking on during a loan spell at Heerenveen in 2018/19, scoring 16 times in 31 Eredivisie appearances. He returned to his parent club, only to suffer a knee injury, and has arrived in Frankfurt with two goals in 15 Serie A outings for Atalanta to his name. The 24-year-old is making his second appearance for the Eagles.
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Frankfurt go into the break right back in the game thanks to that Kostic-Lammers combo. They've had to ride their luck, but can only get better.
Frankfurt get away with one on the stroke of half-time as Hinteregger concedes possession to Valencia. His cross towards the back post has too much on it for Rossi, though.
But Bayindir is equal to this one with a smart diving save. Have Frankfurt found Andre Silva's successor?
That's how to counter! Kostic powers away up the left, before crossing for Lammers to fire across the goalkeeper. Game on in Frankfurt!
Durm gets in the way of Valencia's strike as Fener win a corner. Özil's delivery finds Aziz, who Trapp is in the right place at the right time to make the stop.
BORRE MUCKING IN
Borre's yet to score since joining Frankfurt, but there's no questioning his heart. The Colombian striker races back to stop Özil in his tracks on the edge of the Eintracht area, following a mistake by da Costa.
HISTORY ON FRANKFURT'S SIDE
Eintracht have played four other matches against Turkish clubs, and are unbeaten at home (W1 D1). Fener's one win in 11 games against German opposition came in their most recent away fixture, a 4-2 victory at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 2 of the 2012/13 Europa League.
BETTER FROM FRANKFURT!
Eintracht have been second best to the the second balls, but they catch a break as Sow warms the palms of Bayindir for the first time. Jakic follows suit, but can't find the target.
Frankfurt fall behind in front of their own fans. Hakan Yanda strikes the crossbar, with Valencia's follow-up effort falling kindly to Özil, who fires home from an acute angle. Despite a whiff of offside, the goal stands following a VAR review.
STILL WARMING UP
The visitors are enjoying the better of the early exchanges. Frankfurt need to get to grips with their in-your-face approach.
TRAPP TO THE RESCUE
Osayi-Samuel gets in behind for Fener. Sow tries to hoof clear the ensuing cross, but can only send the ball spinning towards his own goal, where Trapp is forced into evasive action.
Fener break with Gustavo. He finds Rossi, who shovels an effort into Trapp's bread basket with only the keeper to beat. Warning signs for Frankfurt.
The ball's rolling in Frankfurt, where two of the most passionate sets of fans in the business are cooking up a cracking atmosphere!
Eintracht's assistant coach Michael Angerschmid takes the reins from head coach Oliver Glasner, who has to sit this one out through suspension.
WELCOME BACK, LUIZ!Luiz Gustavo is another Fener player, made in the Bundesliga. The Brazilian midfielder represented Hoffenheim, Bayern Munich and Wolfsburg, racking up some 245 Bundesliga and 27 Bundesliga 2 appearances. Gustavo was also part of the Bayern side that won a 2012/13 treble under Jupp Heynckes. He takes the captain's armband from Özil for this one.
WATCH: KOSTIC BACK WITH A BANGFilip Kostic stepped off the bench to open his account for the season in Sunday's 1-1 draw with Stuttgart. The Serbian was a member of the Frankfurt side that powered to the 2018/19 Europa League semi-finals, where they lost on penalties to eventual winners Chelsea.
THE ÖZIL FACTOR
Mesut Özil's the most decorated member of the Fener squad. The 32-year-old playmaker lifted the 2009 DFB Cup with Werder Bremen, 2011/ 12 La Liga with Real Madrid, 2014 FIFA World Cup with Germany and four FA Cups with Arsenal. He faced Frankfurt five times in Schalke and Bremen colours (W1, D2, L2), producing a hat-trick of single-game assists for the latter back in 2008/09.
TOUGH NUT TO CRACK
Fenerbahce are unbeaten after four Turkish Süper Lig matches so far this season, winning three. They finshed third last season, two points adrift of winners Besiktas, who yesterday lost 2-1 at home to Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League. Fener had to come through the play-off round - beating HJK of Finland 6-2 on aggregate - to qualify for their first European campaign since 2018/19.
SEASON SO FAR
Frankfurt were looking good for a top-four finish last term, but faded following the announcement of Adi Hütter's decision to switch to Gladbach. Oliver Glasner was brought in after steering Wolfsburg back into the UEFA Champions League, but it's been a rocky start. After losing to Waldhof Mannheim in the DFB Cup first round, the Eagles have drawn three and lost one in the Bundesliga.
Frankfurt will fancy their chances of advancing. The Eagles have been landed a winnable group comprising Fener, Olympiakos and Antwerp.
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Oliver Glasner makes four changes to the Frankfurt side held to a 1-1 draw by VfB Stuttgart at the weekend. Danny da Costa comes into the defence at the expense of Christopher Lenz. In midfield, out go Jens-Petter Hauge, Adam Hrustic and Jesper Lindstrom. Kristijan Jakic, Filip Kostic and striker Rafael Santos Borre come in. Ex-Bundesliga players Luiz Gustavo and Mesut Özil start for Fener, while Schalke academy graduate Max Meyer joins Germany-born Mergim Berisha among the substitutes.
FRANKFURT STARTING LINE-UP
Trapp - Da Costa, Hinteregger (c), N'Dicka, Durm - Kamada, Sow, Jakic, Kostic - Borre, Lammers
Ramaj, Ilsanker, Hrustic, Toure, Hasebe, Chandler, Hauge, Barkok, Lindstrom, Tuta, Paciencia
FENERBACHE STARTING LINE-UP
Bayindir - Azim, Kim, Szalai - Osayi-Samuel, Hakan Yandas, Gustavo (c), Kadioglu - Rossi, Valencia, Özil
Özer, Cetin, Meyer, Berisha, Pelkas, Gümüskaya, Güler, Novak, Sanlitürk