Eintracht Frankfurt came from two goals down in a thriller at home to Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund, who missed the chance to build on their advantage at the top of the table ahead of Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig.
Goals: 0-1 Sahin (18'), 0-2 Philipp (57'), 1-2 Haller (pen. 64'), 2-2 Wolf (68')
It took a quarter of an hour for this game to really get going, but then the floodgates of action suddenly opened. The in-form Ante Rebic did put the ball in the back of Roman Bürki’s net – the day after the shot-stopper received a new contract with the club – but it was ruled out for offside. Moments later, Dortmund did in fact open the scoring when Nuri Sahin tapped in Marc Bartra’s shot-cum-cross from five yards to put the Bundesliga leaders in front. The majority of the ensuing chances then fell to the hosts with Neven Subotic denying Sebastien Haller at the last second, Marius Wolf having a lob blocked by Bürki and Rebic just overrunning a ball into the box. The Eagles suffered another blow before the break when the USA’s Timothy Chandler, who had played every minute of this season, was forced off with a knee injury and replaced by Mexico’s Carlos Salcedo.
The first big chance of the second half fell to the league’s top scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who was found in acres of space by centurion Mario Götze, but the striker blasted his effort over the top without testing goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky. Moments later, the Borussia skipper did test Hradecky when running clear, but the Finn stood tall to make the save. Dortmund weren’t to be denied for too much longer though when Maxmilian Philipp netted his fifth of the campaign, going across Hradecky with his left foot. Aubameyang did have the ball in the net moments later, though it was ruled out for offside. Frankfurt got one back from the spot when Haller converted after Bürki took out Rebic inside the box. Christian Pulisic was superbly denied by Hradecky as he tried to restore that two-goal cushion, and the Eagles took advantage with Marius Wolf’s first Bundesliga goal to level the game up at two apiece. Dortmund almost snatched a thrilling game at the death but Sahin had his effort cleared off the line after great play from debutant Englishman Jadon Sancho.
Watch: Nuri Sahin reflects on Dortmund's 2-2 draw in Frankfurt
Frankfurt: Hradecky - Russ (Hrgota 59'), Hasebe, Abraham (c) - Chandler (Salcedo 36'), Gacinovic, Boateng, Willems - Wolf (Tawatha 76'), Haller, Rebic
Coach: Niko Kovac
Dortmund: Bürki – Bartra, Weigl (Zagadou 59'), Subotic, Toljan – Sahin, Götze, Castro (Kagawa 59') – Pulisic, Aubameyang (c), Philipp (Sancho 83')
Coach: Peter Bosz
- The home team had won the last seven outings between the two sides.
- Dortmund could now be knocked off the top of the table for the first time this season, having failed to win.
- BVB are the only team yet to taste defeat on the road in this season's Bundesliga.
- Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang had scored six goals in eight Bundesliga appearances against Frankfurt.
- Only four of Frankfurt's 14 points so far this term have come on home soil.
- The Eagles have still not won back-to-back home matches all year.
- Frankfurt's Kevin-Prince Boateng made 10 Bundesliga appearances whilst on loan at Dortmund in 2008/09.