After taking an early lead, FC Ingolstadt 04 held out against a resurgent Eintracht Frankfurt to earn a valuable point away from home with a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 FC Ingolstadt 04

Goals: 0-1 Hartmann (pen. 8'), 1-1 Russ (69')

Red card: Groß (74’)

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David Abraham’s wayward hand gifted Ingolstadt the opportunity to take an early lead. Moritz Hartmann converted coolly from 12 yards, but Frankfurt were quick to reply, immediately forcing two smart saves from Ramazan Özcan at the other end. Hartmann then had the chance to double his tally, but his attempt to lob Lukas Hradecky landed on the roof of the net.

The Eintracht ‘keeper denied Stefan Lex in a one-on-one situation before the hosts regrouped at the break and emerged in determined mood, their intentions clear inside the opening minute when substitute Gianluca Waldschmidt headed just wide before Marco Fabian forced a save from Özcan.

Ingolstadt rallied, however, and but for Hradecky, they would have doubled their lead. Instead, they surrendered it, as Frankfurt captain Marco Russ headed his team level. Waldschmidt might even have put them in front, but failed to hit the target, and Armin Veh’s side were also unable to exploit Pascal Groß’ dismissal 16 minutes from time.

Man of the Match

Bustling around in the final third, Fabian was the driving force in attack as Frankfurt bravely fought back in the second half, and he was eventually rewarded with an assist.

Talking point

Alex Meier's absence was significant for Frankfurt, but even without their star striker, they managed to score a first goal since Matchday 21.

Match stats

  • Frankfurt have now failed to win in their last seven games.
  • Ingolstadt have never lost after scoring first in a Bundesliga game.
  • Frankfurt had 20 shots on goal

Line-ups

Frankfurt: Hradecky – Regäsel, Zambrano (Medojevic 70'), Abraham, Oczipka – Russ, Hasebe – Fabian, Stendera (Waldschmidt 46'), Huszti – Seferovic

Ingolstadt: Özcan – Bauer, Matip, Hüber, Süttner – Bregerie (Cohen 73') – Groß, Christiansen (Roger 56') – Hartmann, Kachunga (Lezcano, 66'), Lex