Frankfurt fight back late on to draw with Leipzig


RB Leipzig let a lead slip late on for the second successive game as Eintracht Frankfurt fought back to secure a 2-2 draw on Saturday afternoon.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2-2 Leipzig

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Goals: 0-1 Sabitzer (25'), 0-2 Poulsen (56'), 1-2 Vallejo (83'), 2-2 Blum (90')

Frankfurt started the match as if eager to make amends for their heavy 4-2 defeat in Mainz last week and went on the front foot early on. However, they struggled to convert their pressure into clear-cut openings, although Haris Seferovic did have a couple of half-chances. Leipzig took the lead against the run of play when Benno Schimtz crossed for Marcel Sabitzer to tap in from close range, giving the visitors the advantage at half-time.

The Eagles again controlled the opening exchanges after the break, but were caught out by a clinical Leipzig side once more. Emil Forsberg chalked up his 19th assist of the campaign when he whipped in a corner from the left for Yussuf Poulsen to flick in with a karate kick inside the six-yard box. The match appeared to be over at that point, but Frankfurt fought back to secure an unlikely draw thanks to late strikes from substitutes Jesus Vallejo and Danny Blum.

Man of the match

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Diego Demme celebrated is maiden call-up to the senior Germany side earlier in the week with another accomplished performance, covering more ground (12.07 kilometres), having more touches (86) and completing more passes (61) than anyone else on the pitch.

Talking point

Leipzig were on course to set a new Bundesliga points record for a promoted team, but ended up falling one short of the best-mark set by Kaiserslautern, who won the 1997/98 title with 68.

Match stats

    Sabitzer scored in consecutive Bundesliga matches for the first time ever, netting his eighth of the season.Poulsen has scored four times in his last seven Bundesliga games. Prior to that he had managed just one all season.Vallejo and Blum both netted their first-ever Bundesliga goals in this game.


Eintracht Frankfurt: Hradecky - Hector, Abraham (c), Oczipka - Varela (Meier 71'), Chandler, Gacinovic, Tawatha (Vallejo 61') - Hrgota (Blum 77'), Fabian - Seferovic
Coach: Niko Kovac

Leipzig: Gulacsi - Schmitz, Upamecano, Ilsanker, Bernardo - Keita, Demme (c) - Sabitzer, Forsberg - Burke (Kaiser 66'), Poulsen (Selke 83')
Coach: Ralph Hasenhüttl

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