Ten-man Eintracht Frankfurt stunned visitors Stuttgart on Saturday afternoon with Sebastien Haller's sensational late winner securing all three points, the Eagles' first win on home turf this season.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2–1 Stuttgart
Goals: 1-0 Rebic (42'), 1-1 Terodde (61'), 2-1 Haller (90+4')
Red card: Falette (64')
With both sides looking to attack on the counter, defences dominated a cagey opening half-hour. On his first Bundesliga start since May, Marc Stendera knitted things together impressively in the Frankfurt midfield, although Stuttgart enjoyed the best early chance, Anastasios Donis denied by a sprawling Lukas Hradecky in the ninth minute. The Eagles grew into proceedings and went ahead just before the break, Ante Rebic capitalising on Holger Badstuber's failure to clear and sending a calm finish past Ron-Robert Zieler.
Undeterred by going behind, promoted Stuttgart emerged the more positive of the two sides after the interval. Chadrac Akolo almost latched onto Donis' low cross in the 57th minute, but soon afterwards – and indeed only 37 seconds after coming on – Simon Terodde rose highest to meet a Dennis Aogo corner, cleverly steering a header past Hradecky for his first Bundesliga goal. Simon Falette received his marching orders soon afterwards for fouling Terodde, but Stuttgart were unable to make the most of their numerical advantage and were made to pay late on when Sebastien Haller scored a superb last-gasp winner for the hosts.
Man of the Match
Haller was exceptional in leading the line for Frankfurt, especially after they were reduced to ten men, and won more duels than anyone else on the pitch (17). He was rewarded for his selfless display with a priceless winner in the dying seconds of the match.
- Stendera's last Bundesliga appearance came in a 2-0 defeat to Wolfsburg on 6 May this year.Aogo captained a side in the Bundesliga for the first time.Rebic has scored in back-to-back Bundesliga games for the first time.Frankfurt's goal was their first in the first half of a game this season.Eintracht coach Niko Kovac celebrated his 50th competitive game in charge of the club.
Frankfurt: Hradecky – Chandler (c), Abraham, Falette, Tawatha – Stendera (Medojevic, 62'), de Guzman (Russ, 54') - Gacinovic, Boateng, Rebic (Willems, 70') - Haller
Coach: Niko Kovac
Stuttgart: Zieler – Baumgartl, Pavard, Badstuber- Beck (Brekalo, 61'), Kaminski, Ascacibar (Terodde, 61'), Aogo (c) – Donis, Akolo (Ofori 81') – Ginczek
Coach: Hannes Wolf
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