Eintracht Frankfurt weathered a first-half storm to prevail 2-1 against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday evening. Szabolcs Huszti and Haris Seferovic scored either side of a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang equaliser to separate the sides at the Commerzbank Arena.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 Borussia Dortmund
Goals: 1-0 Huszti (46’), 1-1 Aubameyang (77’), 2-1 Seferovic (79’)
Frankfurt and Dortmund began the day in seventh and third respectively, with only goal-difference separating the sides, but it was visiting BVB who had much of the early play. Andre Schürrle sped past Michael Hector before fizzing his shot straight at Lukas Hradecky in the Eintracht goal before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang followed suit having sprung the offside trap. Dortmund were firmly in the ascendancy in the opening 45 minutes, but the hosts nearly stole the lead after a swift counter-attack, only to see Huszti’s shot punched away by Roman Weidenfeller.
Whatever Niko Kovac said to his charges at the interval seemed to spur them into action, though, with Die Adler soaring into the lead seconds after second-half kick-off. Timothy Chandler got free on the right after a long ball forward before cutting back to the edge of the box and this time Huszti, on his allegedly weaker right foot, lashed home for 1-0. Thomas Tuchel threw on Marco Reus, Ousmane Dembele and Sebastian Rode just inside the hour, and Dembele teed up Aubameyang to head home a well-taken equaliser soon after. The visitors’ joy lasted all of two minutes, though, with Eintracht’s own second-half substitute Haris Seferovic steering home from the edge of the box. Dembele hit the bar in injury time but his effort stayed out and it ended 2-1.
With 24 points, Eintracht boast their best haul of points from their opening 12 games in years. The fact they still trail leaders RB Leipzig by six points, with the gap between them and Hertha Berlin in seventh only down to three, illustrates that this is shaping up to be one of the most competitive European races in years.
- Eintracht are now undefeated in six games.Aubameyang has a league-high 13 goals to his name.Without a goal since February, Huszti has now scored twice this season - against FC Bayern München and now Dortmund.Adrian Ramos made his 50th Bundesliga appearance for Dortmund.