Sebastien Haller grabbed a last-gasp equaliser to earn Eintracht Frankfurt a point from a 1-1 draw in Nuremberg, after Adam Zrelak had scored with his first touch of the ball in the Bundesliga for the Bavarians.
Nuremberg 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Goals: 1-0 Zrelak (78'), 1-1 Haller (90+2')
Frankfurt arrived in Franconia on a five-game winning streak, which included their 7-1 demolition of Nuremberg's promoted fellows Fortuna Düsseldorf just over a week ago. There was no sign of fear in the home ranks, however, as they took the game to their guests and ensured they did not fall into a similar trap to Fortuna. Törles Knöll came close to giving them the lead in the 17th minute, but his effort struck the post. With the framework still rattling, Frankfurt picked up their game and started to pose more of a threat with Ante Rebic's cross plucked off the head of Luka Jovic by Christian Mathenia, denying the Eagles' in-form forward a gilt-edged opportunity.
With six of Nuremberg's eight goals so far this season having come in the second half, they had reason to have a swagger in their step as they emerged for the second 45 minutes, and indeed it was the hosts who again started the brighter. Having apparently exhausted all their options, Zrelak was handed his debut with 15 minutes to go, and it turned out to be an inspired change. The Slovakia international met Virgil Misidjan's cross at the far post and, with his first touch of the ball, he beat Kevin Trapp for his first Bundesliga goal. It was not quite enough for victory, however, with another substitute having the final say. Haller met Danny Da Costa's cross to break Nuremberg's hearts with a composed finish that snatched Frankfurt a point.
- With an average age of 24.7, Nuremberg named their youngest starting XI of the season.Thanks to their last-gasp equaliser, Frankfurt have scored at least once in each of their Bundesliga fixtures this season.Seven of Nuremberg's nine goals this season have come in the second half; five have come in the final 15 minutes and four by substitutes.Sebastien Haller has had a direct hand in more goals than any other player in the Bundesliga this season (six goals, five assists).All 15 of Haller's Bundesliga goals have been scored with his right foot.
Nuremberg: Mathenia – Bauer, Margreitter, Mühl, Leibold – Rhein, Behrens (c) – Misidjan, Kubo (Erras 88'), Kerk (Palacios 69') – Knöll (Zrelak 76')
Unused subs: Bredlow, Ewerton, Pereira, Fuchs
Absentees: Lippert (knee), Ishak (knee)
Coach: Michael Köllner
Frankfurt: Trapp - Abraham (c), Hasebe, Ndicka - da Costa, de Guzman (Stendera 81'), Torro, Gacinovic (Allan 68'), Kostic - Jovic, Rebic (Haller 68')
Unused subs: Rönnow, Willems, Russ, Tawatha
Absentees: Chandler (knee), Salcedo (ankle), Geraldes (back), Paciencia (knee)
Coach: Adi Hütter
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