Filip Kostic's first goal of the season was cancelled out by Omar Marmoush's late equaliser to earn 10-man VfB Stuttgart a point at Eintracht Frankfurt.
The fans gathered in the Deutsche Bank Park enjoyed the late-summer sun as their Frankfurt and Stuttgart spent the early stages of the match sizing each other up and looking for weaknesses. The visitors nearly took an early lead through new man Marmoush, who did very well to carve his way through the Eintracht defence and force an excellent save from Kevin Trapp at the near post. All the best of what Frankfurt created came through Daichi Kamada, the Japan international showing his impressive vision and passing skills to create dangerous attacking opportunities. At the end of the first half, the scores were still level, with the home side having bossed possession and Stuttgart looking dangerous on the break.
When the teams returned from the dressing rooms, it was all very much as you were. That is, until the introduction of Kostic just before the hour mark. The Serbian winger’s impact was immediate. Within minutes, Frankfurt could have opened the scoring through new loanee Sam Lammers, or when a goalmouth scramble saw the ball ricochet off the Stuttgart crossbar. Kamada did manage to put the ball into the net, but the whistle had already gone, as the ball had taken a heavy deflection off the referee’s foot. Just as the home fans were starting to worry, up stepped Kostic to reward them for their affection. The winger collected the ball on the edge of the area and wasted no time putting his laces through it, driving a shot just inside the far post. Things looked to have gone from bad to worse for Stuttgart when Waldemar Anton was sent off for a foul just outside the area. However, despite their numerical disadvantage, the visitors did not give up. A miscued clearance from Martin Hinteregger saw the ball fall to Marmoush, who did very well to recover an initial blocked shot and slot the ball into an open net. Frankfurt nearly snatched all three points back when substitute Rafael Borre smacked a shot off the crossbar deep into added time. In the end, Stuttgart managed to hold on to record an excellent draw.
- Kostic marked his 100th Bundesliga appearance for Frankfurt with his first goal of the season.
- The last time he scored a goal from the bench was as a Stuttgart player, against Mainz in December 2014.
- Anton was shown the first red card of his Bundesliga career in his 104th game.
- His sending-off was Stuttgart's 141st in the Bundesliga. It was the 77th straight red.
- Marmoush scored his first Bundesliga goal (on his debut for Stuttgart) in his ninth top-flight game.
- It's the first time since 2003/04 that Frankfurt have failed to win any of their opening four Bundesliga matches of a season, but they are unbeaten in 21 games at home across campaigns.
Watch: Omar Marmoush reflects on his first Stuttgart goal
Frankfurt: Trapp - Durm (Da Costa 80'), N'Dicka, Hinteregger (c), Lenz - Sow, Hrustic (Jakic 59') - Hauge (Paciencia 81'), Kamada, Lindstrom (Kostic 59') - Lammers (Borre 70')
Unused subs: Ramaj, Hasebe, Ilsanker, Barkok
Out: Rode (knee), Toure (thigh)
Coach: Oliver Glasner
Stuttgart: Müller - Mavropanos, Anton, Kempf (Al Ghaddioui 80') - Massimo (Coulibaly 62'), Karazor, Endo (c), Sosa (Ito 70') - Klement (Mangala 70'), Klimowicz (Beyaz 62') - Marmoush
Unused subs: Bredlow, Mola, Didavi, Thommy
Out: Ahamada (ankle), Cisse (foot), Egloff (foot), Förster (ill), Führich (collarbone), Kalajdzic (shoulder), Sankoh (knee), Silas (unavailable)
Coach: Pellegrino Matarazzo