Randal Kolo Muani on target again but Eintracht Frankfurt held in Wolfsburg
Randal Kolo Muani scored his 11th Bundesliga goal of the season as Eintracht Frankfurt drew 2-2 in Wolfsburg on Matchday 23.
Wolfsburg 2-2 Frankfurt
Goals: 1-0 Marmoush 10' (assist: Gerhardt), 1-1 Kolo Muani 22' (assist: Buta), 1-2 Ndicka (26'), 2-2 Gerhardt 43' (assist Wimmer)
The Wolves started strongly as they endeavoured to move to within two points of sixth-placed Frankfurt, aggressively getting forward in the early stages. Their bold approach paid off when Yannick Gerhardt played through Omar Marmoush, who rounded Kevin Trapp to open the scoring on 10 minutes. Undeterred, Frankfurt soon flexed their considerable attacking muscles and were level midway through the half when Kolo Muani started and finished a move, heading in at the back post from Aurelio Buta’s laser-guided cross. The Eagles took the lead a short while later when Evan Ndicka lashed in from the edge of the box after Wolfsburg failed to clear another attack. The hosts had chances to restore parity, with Marmoush seeing his chip over Trapp cleared off the line by Tuta before Gerhardt’s volley was blocked by the Frankfurt stopper. Gerhardt did manage to equalise just before the interval, though, expertly guiding a header in from Patrick Wimmer’s free-kick.
The second period was initially a more cagey affair by the standards of the first half and it was a good 10 minutes before either side had an effort at goal, Daichi Kamada flashing a drive wide of the target. Gerhardt had an opportunity to add to the scoreline at the opposite end of the pitch when he found himself with just Trapp to beat but his attempted dink over the goalkeeper was saved. Frankfurt did have the ball in the net again following fine work from Kolo Muani, who cut the ball back for Jesper Lindstrom, but his effort was ruled out for offside. Ndicka almost snatched a win in the closing stages after Koen Casteels fumbled a high cross into the box but his shot cannoned off the outside the post, leaving each side with a share of the spoils.
- Kolo Muani has directly contributed to more goals than any player in this season's Bundesliga (11 goals and 10 assists).
- Just two of the Frenchman's goals this term have been headers.
- Kevin Trapp joined Uli Stein on 224 Bundesliga appearances for Frankfurt. Among all Eintracht goalkeepers, only Oka Nikolov (229) and Peter Kunter (234) have made more top-flight appearances.
- Gerhardt now has six goals and two assists in the Bundesliga this term, a single-season best for the midfielder. His previous record was two goals.
- Only Freiburg (18) have scored more goals from set pieces than Wolfsburg this season (16).
- Marmoush took his tally for the season to four goals with his strike here.
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Wolfsburg: Casteels - Baku, Lacroix (Bornauw 75'), Van de Ven, Otavio - Svanberg (F. Nmecha 85'), Arnold (c), Gerhardt - Kaminski, Marmoush (L. Nmecha 85'), Wimmer (Paredes 68')
Unused subs: Klinger, Cozza, Guilavogui, Waldschmidt, Wind
Out: Franjic (muscular)
Coach: Niko Kovac
Frankfurt: Trapp - Tuta, Hasebe, Ndicka - Buta (Knauff 85'), Kamada, Rode (c) (Jakic 74'), Max (Lenz 74') - Lindstrom (Borre 84'), Götze - Kolo Muani
Unused subs: Ramaj, Smolcic, Alidou, Chandler, Aaronson
Out: Dina Ebimbe (ankle), Sow (suspended)
Coach: Oliver Glasner
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