Andre Silva scored his 10th goal in his last 12 Bundesliga outings as Eintracht Frankfurt picked up their first win of the season with a 3-1 triumph away to Hertha Berlin in the Matchday 2 curtain-raiser.
Full-blooded tackles were the name of the game early on with both teams intent on establishing the upper hand. The terrier-like qualities of Sebastian Rode and Stefan Ilsanker in central midfield helped the visitors succeed in this regard and, despite having creator-in-chief Filip Kostic substituted off with an injury after a quarter of an hour, they edged in front 30 minutes in when Silva converted emphatically from the penalty spot after being tripped by Dedryck Boyata. Kevin Trapp had to be alert to keep out a brilliant shot on the swivel by Hertha forward Dodi Lukebakio shortly afterwards, but Frankfurt went into half-time two goals to the good when Bas Dost headed in Daichi Kamada’s laser-guided delivery from a free-kick.
Hertha coach Bruno Labbadia made three changes at the interval in a bid to breathe new life into his side’s attacking play, and it appeared to be working as Lucas Tousart tested Trapp from range, before Lukebakio glanced a header narrowly wide of the target from a Matheus Cunha free-kick. Trapp had to be alert to deny Jhon Cordoba too, but just as it looked like the home team would score, the Eagles effectively killed the game off when Rode curled in a brilliant goal from the edge of the area. Hertha refused to give in though, but a late own goal from Martin Hinteregger following a driving run by Jordan Torunarigha was all they could muster, as Frankfurt returned home with all three points.
- Silva has now taken and scored two penalties in the Bundesliga, having previously converted from the spot against Wolfsburg on Matchday 29 last season.
- The Portugal international has now found the net 10 times in 12 league games since the restart following the coronavirus-enforced break.
- Dost scored a header for the first time in over a year. His last was on Matchday 3 last season in a 2-1 win against Fortuna Düsseldorf.
- Rode scored with his left foot for the first time ever in the Bundesliga. Previously he had struck eight with his right foot, and one with his head.
- The average age of Frankfurt's starting XI (29.4) was the club's oldest since January 2010 (29.5 years).
- Hinteregger's own goal was Frankfurt's 60th in the Bundesliga. Only Werder Bremen, with 61, have more.
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Hertha: Schwolow – Pekarik (Zeefuik 46'), Boyata (c), Torunarigha, Mittelstädt – Tousart, Stark – Lukebakio (Redan 83'), Darida (Maier 46', Plattenhardt 66'), Cunha – Piatek (Cordoba 46')
Unused subs: Jarstein, Rekik, Klünter, Ngankam
Out: Ascacibar (foot), Dilrosun (thigh)
Coach: Bruno Labbadia
Frankfurt: Trapp - Abraham (c), Hasebe, Hinteregger - Toure (Da Costa 66'), Rode (Sow 85'), Ilsanker, Kostic (Zuber 15') - Kamada - Silva (Barkok 85'), Dost (Ache 66')
Unused subs: Rönnow, Tuta, Chandler, Kohr
Out: N'Dicka (ankle), Willems (knee)
Coach: Adi Hütter