Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Augsburg each had to settle for a point in a hard-fought 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon.
Augsburg went into this fixture boasting a six-match unbeaten run, so it was no surprise that they started confidently, forcing Frankfurt back into their own half early on. Yet the guests survived and gradually gained a foothold in the game, thanks largely to the efforts of the lively Marco Fabian in attacking midfield, with the Mexican causing problems in the Augsburg defence with a handful of teasing balls into the box.
A midfield tussle ensued after the break as neither side was willing to commit too many men forward. Raul Bobadilla went close for Augsburg with a wonderful turn and shot, before Marwin Hitz made a superb save to deny Alexander Meier’s point-blank header. It remained a feisty encounter until the end but ultimately the draw was a fair reflection of an evenly-balanced match.
Man of the match
Fabian was the shining light in a match that otherwise failed to spark into life. The 26-year-old covered 10.87 kilometres and had 54 touches of the ball in a strong performance on his full debut.
Both sides will be disappointed not to have nicked the win here, as three points would have given them a greater cushion above the relegation zone. As it stands, however, the teams are level on 21 points and still dangerously close to the drop zone.
- Milestones: Frankfurt’s Meier and Makoto Hasebe made their 250th and 200th Bundesliga appearances respectively in this game; Jeong-Ho Hong his 50th competitive outing for Augsburg.
- Augsburg collectively ran 105.88 kilometres; Frankfurt covered 105.07 km.
- Both teams averaged 50 per cent possession over the 90 minutes.
Augsburg: Hitz – Verhaegh (c), Hong, Klavan, Max (Koo 72’) – Kohr, Baier (Feulner 46’) – Esswein, Moravek (Trochowski 82’), Ji - Bobadilla
Frankfurt: Hradecky – Hasebe, Zambrano, Abraham, Oczipka – Russ, Stendera – Aigner (Seferovic 90’), Fabian (Ignjovsy 88’), Huszti – Meier (c)