Andre Silva scored twice to help Eintracht Frankfurt draw 2-2 away to Red Bull Salzburg on Friday, giving them a 6-3 aggregate victory and booking their place in the UEFA Europa League last 16.
SALZBURG 2-2 FRANKFURT (3-6 on aggregate)
Goals: 1-0 (Ulmer 10'), 1-1 Silva (30'), 2-1 (Onguene 72'), 2-2 Silva (83')
The match kicked off a day late following a severe storm on Thursday, and Salzburg began as if determined to immediately make up for lost time, pouring forward in numbers as they looked to overturn the 4-1 first-leg deficit. Their pressure took its toll ten minutes in, when captain Andreas Ulmer scored from the edge of the box. Frankfurt soon rallied, however, going close through Daichi Kamada before the Japanese playmaker played Filip Kostic into space, and his cross from the left was headed home by Silva to deservedly pull the Eagles level.
The end-to-end nature of the game continued into the second half and there were chances for both teams throughout. Kostic, Kamada and Silva posed a constant threat on the break, but it was Salzburg who scored again next when Jerome Onguene headed in from a corner to spark renewed hope of a comeback. That never looked likely given Frankfurt's robust defending, and Silva made sure of the result when he looped in a shot from the edge of the area in the closing stages to set up a last-16 clash with FC Basel.
- Kamada's hat-trick in the first leg was Eintracht's first in Europe since Michael Thurk scored three against Brondby in the first round of the 2006/07 UEFA Cup.
- With six goals and three assists, the Japanese attacking midfielder has proved Frankfurt's most potent attacking force on the continent this term.
- Frankfurt beat Marseille, Lazio, Apollon Limassol, Shakhtar Donetsk, Inter Milan and Benfica in last season's competition before losing on penalties to eventual champions Chelsea in the semis.
- Only Haaland (nine) and Robert Lewandowski (six) have scored more Bundesliga goals than Frankfurt's Timothy Chandler (four) in 2020.
- Hinteregger made his professional debut with Salzburg, scoring five goals in 143 games before leaving for Germany - initially for Borussia Mönchegladbach - in 2016.
- Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter won a domestic double in his only season as Salzburg coach in 2014/15, while Marsch is a former RB Leipzig assistant.
Salzburg: Stankovic - Vallci, Ramalho, Onguene, Ulmer (c) - Mwepu (Berisha 75'), Camara, Szoboszlai (Bernede 86') - Koita (Okafor 66'), Hwang, Daka
Subs: Coronel, Ashimeru, Farkas, Okugawa
Out: Bernede (shin), Diarra (knee), Walke (fractured foot)
Coach: Jesse Marsch
Frankfurt: Trapp - Toure, Abraham (c), Hinteregger, N'Dicka - Ilsanker, Rode - Kamada (da Costa 73'), Sow, Kostic (Chandler 88') - Silva (Paciencia 88')
Subs: Rönnow, Hasebe, Durm, Kohr
Out: Fernandes (hip), Gacinovic (match fitness), Russ (Achilles tendon), Torro (knee), Dost (groin)
Coach: Adi Hütter
AS IT HAPPENED!
FULL TIME! EINTRACHT GO THROUGH!
Frankfurt will face Basel in the last 16! They laid the foundation for the 6-3 aggregate victory with the sensational 4-1 triumph in the first leg last week, and two excellent goals from Andre Silva gave them a 2-2 draw on the night against a strong Salzburg team. Excellent stuff from head coach Adi Hütter and his charges.
90' THREE ADDED MINUTES
Frankfurt are very nearly over the line now as the match enters three minutes of stoppage time.
88' DOUBLE SUBSTITUTION FOR FRANKFURT
Kostic and Silva both go off. They've been very good tonight and look absolutely exhausted. They're replaced for the final couple of minutes by Chandler and Paciencia.
86' DONE AND DUSTED
That goal really was the knockout blow. If Salzburg still had a shred of belief they could pull off the comeback before it went in, they look beaten now. Given Frankfurt's two away goals, Salzburg would need four without reply now to reach the last 16.
83' GOAL! SILVA SCREAMER TO EQUALISE AGAIN!
That is surely that now. Silva collects the ball on the left wing and gently jogs forward, Ramahlo backing off him. The Portuguese gets to the edge of the area and suddenly accelerates, jinking inside and smashing the ball into the top corner. A brilliant goal.
82' KOSTIC HAS A GO
Kostic, who's been excellent again but is now looking quite tired, speeds forward and looks to put the game to bed once and for all with a powerful drive from the edge of the box, but Stankovic gets down well to make the save.
78' FRANKFURT HOLDING ON
Da Costa's introduction for Kamada was intended to make Frankfurt a bit more compact in midfield, closing the spaces and preventing Salzburg getting forward down their left wing. It's doing the job so far, but the home side are still dominating right now, pushing everything forward.
74' JUST WIDE FROM DAKA
Salzburg are really going for it again now and very nearly score another. A series of one-touch passes from left to right along the edge of the Frankfurt box ends with the ball sitting up for Daka, who lashes a stinging low shot just wide of the target.
72' GOAL! SALZBURG LEAD AGAIN!
This could make for a very nervy finale 15 minutes. Hinteregger clears an attack for a corner, which is curled in from the left. Salzburg defender Onguene beats Hinteregger to the header and thunders it past Trapp. Game on!
69' THREE VS. TWO BREAK FOR FRANKFURT!
Rode is fouled in midfield but the referee plays the advantage as the ball breaks to Kamada. He drives forward and has Silva to his right and Kostic to his left, with just two defenders between them and the goal. However, the Japanese playmaker waits too long before picking his pass, and is robbed of the ball by a back-tracking midfielder.
66' SILVA SLIDES IT WIDE
With the home side committing so many people forward they are in danger of leaving themselves exposed at the back. Frankfurt very nearly take advantage as they break through Kostic down the left. He spies the unmarked Silva charging in at the far post, but his pass is just a tad too strong for the forward, who can only hit the side netting at full stretch from a tight angle.
64' SALZBURG PUSHING AGAIN
The home side appear to be building another big wave of pressure as they look for a foothold in the tie, however unlikely it might appear. They're throwing men forward as they look for a second goal, but Eintracht are holding firm so far.
60' RAMAHLO SHOOTS WIDE
The ball comes to the Brazilian defender about 35 yards out, right of centre. There are plenty of bodies between him and the goal but he takes a crack anyway, his effort arrowing just wide of Trapp's right-hand post.
57' SILVA FRUSTRATED
Eintracht break forward and fashion an opening themselves, but Silva's low drive is well saved by Stankovic. Silva raises his head skywards in frustration, as he knows he could've probably done better there.
54' WIDE FROM RAMAHLO
Szoboszlai delivers a corner from left that Ramahlo gets a glancing header on. The ball flashes across the face of goal, begging to be touched over the line, but nobody's there to finish it. It wouldn't have counted anyway, as the referee awards Frankfurt a free-kick for a foul by Ramahlo.
52' TRAPP ALERT
Camara slips a ball through looking for the run of Mwepu, but a combination of Abraham's shoulder in putting him off his stride and Trapp's speed off his line snuffs out the danger.
48' CHANCE FOR SZOBOSZLAI
Salzburg midfielder Szoboszlai works a pocket of space for himself on the edge of the box before letting fly with a left-footed shot. It's blocked though, and goes out for a corner.
46' SECOND HALF!
Salzburg get the match under way once more. No changes from either side at the interval.
Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter will be satisfied with the result so far. Salzburg flew out of the blocks and took the lead with a stunning goal from Ulmer, but the Eagles fought back and levelled the score on the night following a well-worked move down the left.
That's left Frankfurt in the driving seat with 45 minutes of the tie left to play, and you suspect another goal for the visitors here would settle the outcome once and for all.
42' KOSTIC TESTS STANKOVIC
Kostic chases down a diagonal pass into the box and despite the angle being tight and the fact he's running away from goal, he still gets a shot away. It fizzes towards the near post, but Stankovic is alert to punch clear for a corner.
40' ANOTHER BIG SAVE FROM TRAPP
The Frankfurt goalkeeper his really earning his keep tonight, diving to his left to block a curling shot towards the far post.
37' SALZBURG STILL BELIEVE
That Silva goal could well be the hammer blow for the hosts, who now need three goals without reply to force extra-time, and four without conceding again to go through outright.
Still, they're trying to build momentum again and are pegging Frankfurt back inside their own half. Salzburg have had 56 per cent of possession and 10 efforts on goal to Frankfurt's two, which tells its own story.
33' WELL OVER FROM KOSTIC
Frankfurt win a corner and the big defenders from the back pile forward. Kostic plays it short to Kamada and receives the return pass, but spoons his attempted cross high over the goal.
30' GOAL! SILVA EQUALISES!
This is an absolutely brilliant move, and almost a carbon copy from an earlier one as Kamada's stunning pass inside the full-back releases Kostic. The Serbian once again gets to the byline but this time is able to pick out Silva, who beats Onguene to the ball at the near post and thunders a header home.
26' GOOD GAME MANAGEMENT
Eintracht look to have drawn the sting out of Salzburg's early pressure now, shrewdly interrupting their play and going into the tackles aggressively, while also taking their time in possession. The hosts are no longer getting forward quite so frenetically now.
23' BETTER FROM FRANKFURT
Kamada plays a delicious ball inside Salzburg right-back Vallci and Kostic is straight onto it. He gets to the byline and lifts his head, but only has Silva to aim for in the box. Kostic tries to find him, but the ball is intercepted by former Bayer Leverkusen defender Ramalho.
19' SILVA HITS THE BAR!
Moments later, Silva is sent clean through for Frankfurt. His shot beats Stankovic but hits the bar and balloons out of touch. It wouldn't have counted anyway though, as the referee's assistant raises his flag for offside.
18' HUGE CHANCE FOR KAMADA!
Wonderful interplay between Silva and Kostic up front as Frankfurt look to capitalise on a Salzburg mistake in midfield. Eventually Kostic lays it off for the onrushing Kamada, who only has goalkeeper Stankovic to beat from 10 yards out, but his shot is saved. That could have effectively finished the tie off for good.
15' FREE-KICK FOR FRANKFURT
Hinteregger is shoved over from behind in midfield and takes his time getting up, trying to help his side calm their nerves and weather this fearsome Salzburg storm.
12' HUGE SAVE FROM TRAPP!
Salzburg have really got the win in their sails now, roared on by the home crowd, who now believe a comeback is possible. Koita nips ahead of Toure at the back post to get a head on a cross from the right... it's going in but Trapp gets a hand to it and makes a brilliant save for a corner.
10' GOAL! SALZBURG LEAD!
This is a lovely strike. The home team work the ball across the edge of the Frankfurt area from right to left to Ulmer, who is unmarked. He takes a touch to settle himself before rifling an unstoppable drive past Trapp and into the top corner.
9' KOITA LIVELY
Koita looks well up for this game and is making a nuisance of himself down the left. He wins a corner of Abraham, from which Daka heads just wide.
5' EARLY BOOKING
Salzburg attacker Koita gets the first yellow card of the game for an unruly shove on Kamada, perhaps showing his frustration at having a penalty appeal waved away moments earlier.
3' FRANKFURT GOING FOR IT
They may be 4-1 ahead on aggregate but Frankfurt aren't sitting back and protecting their lead. Kamada surges forward down the right and curls a ball across the box for Kostic, but it's just too strong for the Serbian winger. It's been a lightning-fast start here.
Frankfurt, playing all in white, get the ball rolling in Salzburg.
IN THE TUNNEL
The players are lined up and ready to head out onto the pitch - they're just waiting for the referee's go-ahead before going out. We'll be under wat very shortly!
The 4-1 defeat to Frankfurt in the first leg was undoubtedly a hammer blow for the Austrian side, who are on a three-game winless streak in all competitions now. Following a 3-2 league defeat against LASK, they drew 2-2 with Austria Vienna at the weekend.
FIVE CHANGES FOR FRANKFURT
Eintracht head coach Adi Hütter has made five changes to the side that put in such a disappointing showing in their 2-1 defeat at home to Union Berlin on Monday.
Sebastian Rode, Djibril Sow andStefan Ilsanker come into the midfield in place of Dominik Kohr, Makoto Hasebe and Timothy Chandler; Almamy Toure gets the nod ahead of Erik Durm at right-back, and Andre Silva replaces Goncalo Paciencia up top.
The draw for the Round of 16 of the competition was made earlier today, and the winner of this tie faces a tough assignment against serial Swiss champions FC Basel.
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Here we go at the second attempt: after the match was postponed yesterday due to a severe storm warning, the rescheduled kick-off today is set to go ahead as planned. Stay with us for the build-up and live match coverage.
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