New Eintracht Frankfurt signing Bas Dost came off the bench to help the Eagles record a come-from-behind 2-1 victory at home to Fortuna Düsseldorf in the Matchday 3 curtain-closer on Sunday.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Goals: 0-1 Hennings (36'), 1-1 Dost (57'), 2-1 Paciencia (86')
Frankfurt were playing their ninth competitive match in a month after their efforts in UEFA Europa League qualifying, but there were no signs of tired legs in the early exchanges as both teams looked to draw first blood. Dawid Kownacki had the ball in the home side's net in the fourth minute, but it was ruled for a foul in the build-up. Fortuna did edge ahead eventually though, when Rouwen Hennings expertly guided Alfredo Morales' cross from the left into the bottom corner. Daichi Kamada had Frankfurt's best chance of the half, but volleyed wide from 15 yards out with the goal at his mercy.
Eagles coach Adi Hütter responded by bringing Dost off the bench for the second period and his impact was almost instant, thundering a close-range header into the net from Goncalo Paciencia's cross. The towering Dutch striker almost grabbed a second shortly afterwards, but headed over the bar after being found by Danny da Costa. Frankfurt had the best of the chances as both teams looked for a winner: Paciencia flashed an effort wide of the post before Kamada had a good volley well saved by Zack Steffen. The match appeared to be heading for a draw until da Costa's determined run took him into the box, where he found Paciencia, who kept his cool to slot in the winner and lift Frankfurt up to seventh in the table.
- Dost made his Bundesliga debut for Frankfurt, three years after his last game in Germany's top flight (a 2-0 win for Wolfsburg over Augsburg on 27 August 2016).
- The Dutchman scored with his first shot of the game. It was his 37th Bundesliga goal, ninth header and fifth strike as a substitute in Germany.
- Düsseldorf boss Funkel took charge of his 496th Bundesliga game here, overtaking Felix Magath (495 matches), putting him sixth in the all-time standings.
- Hennings scored his 10th Bundesliga goal and second with his head. Both of his strikes this season have come away from home.
- Fortuna coach Friedhelm Funkel was in the Frankfurt dug-out between 2004 and 2009, steering Die Adler to promotion in 2005 and the DFB Cup final the following year.
- Due to UEFA Europa League qualifying, the DFB Cup first round and Bundesliga fixtures, this was already Frankfurt's 10th competitive game this season.
Frankfurt: Trapp – Abraham (c), Hasebe, Hinteregger – da Costa, Kohr (Sow 82'), Rode (Gacinovic 65'), Kostic – Kamada – Joveljic (Dost 46'), Paciencia
Unused subs: Rönnow, Ndicka, Fernandes, Toure, Chandler, Durm
Out: Russ (Achilles tendon), de Guzman (muscular), Müller (knee)
Coach: Adi Hütter
Düsseldorf: Steffen – Zimmermann, Ayhan, Hoffmann, Gießelmann – Morales, Fink – Thommy (Pledl 74'), Bodzek, Kownacki (Zimmer 65') – Hennings (c) (Karaman 78')
Unused subs: Kastenmeier, Ofori, Contento, Bormuth, Baker, Tekpetey
Out: Ampomah (groin), Barkok (shoulder), Rensing (shoulder), Sobottka (groin), Stöger (cruciate ligament), Suttner (ill), Adams (thigh), Wolf (inner ear)
Coach: Friedhelm Funkel