Eintracht Frankfurt's impressive run of form continued as they made it seven straight Bundesliga games without defeat in a 1-1 draw away to FC Augsburg on Sunday evening.
FC Augsburg 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Augsburg went into the fixture boasting a run of three straight games without conceding, but visitors Frankfurt started in no mood to allow them to extend that to four. The Eagles pushed high up the pitch and their early pressure took its toll through Branimir Hrgota's excellent strike from the edge of the area from Alex Meier's knock-down. Augsburg gradually pulled themselves back into the match and equalised with a fine goal of their own, Dong-Won Ji firing a dipping shot into the corner from 20 yards.
Neither side were content with a draw, which made for an entertaining spectacle in the second half as the tempo increased and the action flowed from end to end. Frankfurt went closest to scoring again when Meier saw an effort from a tight angle cleared off the line. A series of substitutions in the closing stages disrupted the rhythm somewhat, leaving both teams to settle for a point.
Frankfurt had 14 points at this stage last season. The fact they now have 25 and are fifth in the table is testament to the astonishing improvement since Niko Kovac took over as head coach in March this year.
- Hrgota scored his first Bundesliga goal since 22 February 2015, and first for Frankfurt. Ji found the target with Augsburg's first shot of the game. Frankfurt (112.44km) collectively ran almost four kilometres more than Augsburg (108.71km).
Augsburg: Hitz – Verhaegh (c), Janker, Hinteregger, Stafylidis – Kohr, Baier (Kacar 90+1') – Schmid (Teigl 83'), Altintop, Max (Usami 74') – Ji
Coach: Dirk Schuster
Frankfurt: Hradecky – Abraham, Hasebe, Vallejo – Chandler, Huszti (Hector 74'), Mascarell, Oczipka – Hrgota (Seferovic 87'), Gacinovic (Barkok 62'), Meier (c)
Coach: Niko Kovac