Sandro Sirigu's 90th-minute strike gave Norbert Meier his first Bundesliga win as SV Darmstadt 98 head coach in Matchday 2's Hessen derby with Eintracht Frankfurt.
Goals: 1-0 Sirigu (90')
Despite losing Manchester United FC loanee right-back Guillermo Varela to injury inside the first seven minutes, Frankfurt dominated first-half proceedings at Darmstadt's newly named Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion-am-Böllenfalltor. Clear-cut chances were, however, at a real premium, with Darmstadt goalkeeper Michael Esser only having one notable save to make to foil Branimir Hrgota from 12 yards.
The game opened up after the restart, with former Frankfurt wide man Änis Ben-Hatira sending a chipped attempt over the frame of the goal and later firing into the side netting. Eintracht spurned a great opportunity to go ahead when Szabolcs Huszti elected to shoot instead of passing to the unmarked Alexander Meier when through on goal, but just as the game appeared to be heading for a draw, Sirigu struck in the final minute of normal time to send the home fans into raptures.
Man of the Match
Esser did not have a great deal to do in the Darmstadt goal, but he rose to the occasion when called upon, paving the way for the last-gasp win.
Darmstadt's three second-half changes made all the difference on Matchday 2, injecting new life into a game they looked like losing in the first half.
- Sirigu scored his first Bundesliga goal in his eighth top-flight appearance.Eintracht's Mijat Gacinovic had more touches than any other player (55).Frankfurt substitute Danny Blum made his Bundesliga debut.
Darmstadt: Esser - Jungwirth, Milosevic, Höhn, Holland - Niemeyer (c) (Guwara 70'), Gondorf - Ben-Hatira (Sirigu 81'), Heller - Bezjak (Kleinheisler 67'), Schipplock
Coach: Norbert Meier
Frankfurt: Hradecky - Varela (Vallejo 7'), Mascarell, Abraham, Ozcipka - Hasebe, Huszti - Chandler, Meier (c) (Seferovic 89'), Gacinovic - Hrgota (Blum 65')
Coach: Niko Kovac