Goals: 0-1 Müller (10'), 0-2 Haller (82')
Freiburg were dealt an early blow ahead of the game with the news that Christian Streich, currently the Bundesliga's longest-serving coach, would not be on the touchline for the first time since taking charge in 2011 because of a back problem. The hosts, however, didn't appear affected and were much the more active team, firing off six shots in the opening 15 minutes - a feat they didn't achieve once last season. Despite that it was the visitors who took the lead 10 minutes into the game when new signing Müller, making his first start since injuring himself celebrating on the first day of last season, latched onto a flick from Haller. Freiburg continued to dominate the play throughout the first half, Germany international Nils Petersen twice going close following free-kicks, but Eintracht held on.
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Florian Niederlechner did have the ball in the back of the Frankfurt net just minutes into the second half, but the forward had gone too early and was flagged offside. Undeterred, the hosts continued to pile forward in search of an equaliser. They had the vast majority of chances on goal but never really threatened Bundesliga debutant Frederik Rönnow between the posts for Eintracht, including a free-kick from former Frankfurt man Luca Waldschmidt that sailed over the bar. Haller though put the game beyond doubt for the visitors when they broke away from a quick throw and the Frenchman coolly slotted home a second with 10 minutes remaining.
- Müller has scored the first goals on the opening Saturday for the last two seasons.
- This was Frankfurt's first win in Freiburg since September 2009, when goals from Maik Franz and Alexander Meier handed them a 2-0 victory.
- The head-to-head record in this tie now reads 12 wins each (5 draws) in the Bundesliga.
- Freiburg had over twice as many shots on goal as the visitors.
- Haller was Frankfurt's top scorer last season with nine and scored with his first shot on goal this campaign.
- Eintracht have failed to score more than one goal in any of their last 10 meetings with Freiburg.
Freiburg: Schwolow - Stenzel, Guide, Heintz, Günter - Höfler - Waldschmidt (Terrazzino 69'), Gondorf, Frantz (c) - Petersen, Niederlechner (Höler 73')
Unused subs: Flekken, Koch, Kübler, Lienhart, Kath
Absentees: Abrashi, Borello (both knee), Ravet (muscular), Stanko (meniscus)
Coach: Christian Streich
Frankfurt: Rönnow - Salcedo, Ndicka, Willems - da Costa, Torro, Fernandes (c), Tawatha (Kostic 69') - Gacinovic (Blum 88'), Haller - Müller (De Guzman 73')
Unused subs: Zimmerman, Russ, Jovic, Paciencia
Absentees: Abraham (thigh), Chandler (knee), Hasebe (knock), Rebic (groin)
Coach: Adi Hütter