We got that to some degree as Frankfurt made it five wins from six by beating APOEL FC, but unfortunately for SC Freiburg, they succumbed to a 2-0 home defeat against Sevilla FC and finished third in Group H, with Slovan Liberec going through as runners up. Christian Streich’s men now turn their attentions to an away clash with FC Schalke 04 on Bundesliga Matchday 17, but Armin Veh’s Eagles can look ahead with relish to Monday’s Europa League last 32 draw, which will take place on Monday 16 December at 12.00 CET in Nyon, Switzerland. Do join us for that if you can – there’s the UEFA Champions League last 16 to draw as well, and you don’t want to miss that, believe me! Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 APOEL FC SC Freiburg 0-2 Sevilla FC
Click here to refresh this pageFULL TIME: SC Freiburg 0-2 Sevilla FC The final whistle goes and the curtain closes on Freiburg's European campaign this season. It's been a fun ride for the fans no doubt, but perhaps it may be a blessing for the club itself. With no DFB Cup campaign to fight, they can now concentrate all their attention on the league, where they currently languish in 16th place. GOAL! 90+3' SC Freiburg 0-2 Sevilla FC That is that for Freiburg in Europe for this season, as Raul Rusescu goes through and finally seals the win for Sevilla with a clinical low finish. There a few minutes to go here but the game is gone for the hosts... 90' Seven minutes of stoppage time. It's now or never for Freiburg... 84' Estoril have pulled a goal back against Liberec, but Freiburg need to help themselves here. They need two goals as we head into the last few minutes, although there'll be some lengthy stoppage time for our crocked linesman. 80' Sevilla are looking ever dangerous now and really should be out of sight. First, Jairo finds himself one on one with the keeper and beats him, but his effort strikes the base of the post, before Baumann then somehow denies Perotti with a sprawling save with the goal seemingly gaping. 76' Still Streich's men attempt to gain some sort of foothold here but there looks to be no way past the Sevilla defence, and indeed it's he away side that look the more likely to score. Baumann has to be well positioned to gather another fierce strike from the marauding Perotti. 72' More bad news for Freiburg, as Liberec have made it 2-0 at Estoril Praia. Freiburg now have to win this game, it looks like. In the meantime, the fourth official is now the linesman and a Sevilla official has to hold up the board signalling the substitutions. Efficiency is suffering somewhat here... 61' Here's something you won't see too often: an injury to the linesman. The poor man has pulled up with what looks like a calf injury and the medical team are on to assist him. Eventually he has to hop all the way around to the dug-out, while a replacement official takes the flag and gets into position. Anxious not to get injured as well, he does a few warm-ups on the sidelines, to the amusement of the crowd. 60' Freiburg think they have an equaliser when Nicolas Höfler has the ball in the net, but a foul is given after the ball struck the midfielder's arm. 56' Krmas is certainly putting himself in the line of fire or his side; his forehead takes the full force of a Perotti strike, a timely intervention as the shot was headed for the top corner. 53 How costly might that miss be from Fernandes?! Varas inexplicably fires his goal-kick straight into the Swiss international's back and it rebounds to him favourably via Mehmedi's head, but his composure deserts him completely and he skies his shot over the bar. A bad, bad miss. 51' At the moment, you'd have to say not much, as Sevilla are looking very organised indeed and likely to do some damage on the counter-attack if given half the chance. They almost get that opportunity when Rakitic sprays a pass forward for Perotti, but Krmascuts off the danger. 46' The game restarts in the MAGE Solar Stadion. What have you got for us Freiburg? SECOND HALF: SC Freiburg 0-1 Sevilla FC So it's been a bad 45 minutes of action all round for SC Freiburg. They trail Sevilla 1-0 and will have heard that Liberec are a goal to the good at Estoril Praia. As things stand, die Breisgauer need to turn their own game around with two goals to get in front against the La Liga side, or hope that Praia can equalise against Liberec. It's not a good situation to be in, whichever how you look at it. HALF-TIME:SC Freiburg 0-1 Sevilla FC 43' A cross comes in from the left that Darida is seemingly blocked from reaching by a hefty challenge from Carrico. The referee only signals for a corner, thouhgh, which comes to nothing. Freiburg could do with the half-time whistle qarriving now and a chance to reorganise after the shock of going behind. GOAL! 39' SC Freiburg 0-1 Sevilla FC Oh my... a poor time to concede for the hosts and a poor goal to give away. Perotti gets past Sorg very easily and advances to goal, pulling a ball back for Vicente Iborra to tap in an opener. It's a disaster for Freiburg, who, in view of Liberec’s lead at Estoril Praia, now need two goals to be in a position to progress. Not easy. 38' Oliver Baumann is tested for the first time as Diego Perotti thumps in a shot from distance that the Freiburg stopper holds well. 32' A poor ball from Mehmedi allows Jairo to run at the hosts' back four, but his pass to Rakitic - who's hardly been in the game at all - is a behind the Croatian international. Freiburg then break themselves with Darida down the right wing, and his deep cross almost goes all the way in, bouncing on the crossbar with Varas beaten. 25' The first real save that Sevilla's Javi Varas has had to make and he does it well, diving to his right to keep out a well-struck free-kick from Mehmed. Defender Cala was booked for the foul that led to the free-kick, after he hauled down Darida. 24' Still not much in the way of goalmouth action here, although Pavel Krmas has to be alert to halt a powerful run from Sevilla striker Carlos Bacca. 16' There is news from Group H's other game and it's BAD for Freiburg: Slovan Liberec have taken the lead away at Estoril Praia, meaning that as things stand, Freiburg are heading out of the competition. 14' Lovely football from Freiburg. Gelson Fernandes protects the ball well and finds Oliver Sorg, who releases Admir Mehmedi, but Daniel Carrico comes across to cover. 12' Silly that. Darida gets a booking after a cynical bodycheck on Jairo, in the Seville man's own half. 6' A rather scrappy game in midfield so far. Rakitic can't get on the ball for the visitors, but neither can Freiburg seem to keep possession at the moment. 1' Almost the perfect start for Freiburg! Vlad Darida sends in a wicked cross from the left that has the Sevilla defence at panic stations, with former FC Schalke 04 midfielder Ivan Rakitic eventually clearing. KICK-OFF: SC Freiburg 0-0 Sevilla FC An ultimately comfortable win for Frankfurt, whose form in the group stages now reads played six, won five, lost one. Strange to think, then, that they're without a win in the league since Matchday 5. Anyway, our thoughts now turn to the Black Forest where Freiburg host Sevilla. Kick-off is just a few minutes away. FULL TIME: Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 APOEL FC 87'So close to a third goal for the hosts, and on both occasions it's the substitute Marvin Bakalorz that's guilty of profligacy. His first effort is diverted wide of the post by the keeper, before he then leans back hopelessly and sends a shot well over the bar from eight yards. As pleasing this win will be, the amount of chances missed by the Eagles won't be. GOAL! 77' Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 APOEL FC Constant Djakpa - take a bow son! The Eagles get a free-kick 25 yards from goal, and the Ivorian steps up to curl a beauty over the wall and into the top corner. That should be that for Armin Veh's side, and with a goal and an assist, you wouldn't bet against Djakpa taking home the man of the match award. 69' Lakic is off, Joselu on in his place. GOAL! 68' Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 APOEL FC Finally we have a goal to rouse us! It's a simple one but Frankfurt won't care one bit, as Schröck, who deserves to be on the scoresheet, peels away at the back post to nod in Djakpa's deep cross. Are the APOEL floodgates now set to open? 64' What a save! Wiedwald has been a spectator for the vast majority of this game but he keeps his side on level terms here with a wonderful stop, parrying Vinicius' header over the bar. A warning sign for Eintracht, who have missed a host of chances already. 61' This time perhaps? Nope. Djakpa rifles one into the side netting, before Lakic plants a header straight into the keeper's arms. In the meantime, Tranquillo Barnetta is off, Sonny Kittel on to replace him. CONFIRMED LINE-UPS: SC Freiburg- Sevilla FC Sevilla (to face Freiburg): Varas - Coke, Cala, Carrico, Navarro - Cristoforo, Iborra, Jairo, Rakitic, Perotti - Bacca 54' A shot comes in from Lakic but it's a poor one that the Croatian striker drags wide. Perhaps the better option was the over-lapping run from Schröck. 52' Sebastian Rode goes down on the edge of the box for the hosts, but nothing doing from the referee. Let's remind ourselves that Frankfurt are already through as winners of Group F, but they'd no doubt enjoy another fine home win to make it five victories from six in the group stage. Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 APOEL FC 47' Deary me, Inui looks a player very short on confidence right now. Another glorious ball is played over the top, this time from Marco Russ, but the Japan international's touch is heavy and the ball squirms away from him and into Chiotis' grateful arms. Yet again a good chance wasted. 46' We're back underway in Frankfurt, and the hosts force a corner in the first 30 seconds. It comes to nothing, however. CONFIRMED LINE-UPS: SC Freiburg- Sevilla FC Freiburg (to face Sevilla): Baumann - Sorg, Höhn, Krmas, C. Günter - Ginter, Fernandes - Mehmedi, Lorenzoni, Darida, Höfler As does this fan, from the same neck of the woods it would appear:
They may have struggled slightly so far, but this Manchester-based Bundesliga fans is confident the Eagles have it in them to win this game, and at a canter no less:
@Bundesliga_GOAL I predicted a 2-0 scoreline for Frankfurt before the game, and I'm going to stick with that prediction.— Adam Perkins (@mcfcf1perky) December 12, 2013
HALF-TIME: Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 APOEL FC 46' So close to the breakthrough for the hosts before the interval, but 36-year-old APOEL keeper Chiotis is showing no sign of rustiness at all here. He first keeps out a header from Lakic, then sprawls again at the feet of Inui and then holds onto a long ranger from Djakpa. There goes the half-time whistle. 43' The briefest hint of a goal threat from APOEL. After a teasing free-kick is claimed by Wiedwald, Kostas Artymatas takes aim from 20 yards, but his harmless shot goes wide. No real sign of a goal from either side as we approach the break. 37' Another good chance goes begging for the hosts. Rosenthal slips in Inui with a lovely ball, but the keeper spreads himself well and makes the save. Could Inui have rounded him there? 35' A touch of frustration from Schröck, who earns himself the first yellow card of the game with a tackle from behind. APOEL's Athos Solomou then goes in hard on Djakpa and gets booked too. 31' The hosts are beginning to turn the screw here. Takashi Inui dances his way into the box but his cross is collected by an alert Chirios, before a deep centre from Stefano Celozzi is taken just off the head of Lakic. Plenty of service into the box from wide areas here, but no joy as yet for the Eagles. 25' The first corner comes in for the Cypriot side but it's an easy claim for stand-in keeper Felix Wiedwald. He launches a decent throw as well, but Djakpa is crowded out. 21' APOEL's line is led by one Cillian Sheridan, whom our users from Scotland may know. The burly frontman counts Kilmarnock FC and Glasgow Celtic among his former clubs. An industrious start from the Irishman, but Frankfurt keeping things predictably tight at the back. 15' Chance for the hosts and it's a good one too that goes begging. Schröck finds joy again down the wing and pulls back a lovely cross to the penalty spot, but Jan Rosenthal skies the shot over the bar. A sighter for Frankfurt. 12' A free-kick is played short and Constant Djakpa fires in a shot at goal, but it only hits Lakic and the visiting defence can clear. The Cypriots for their part can still qualify for the last 32, but it would take some doing, and some luck. They need to win in Frankfurt and hope Girondins de Bordeaux beat Maccabi Tel-Aviv by a handsome scoreline. It's a tough ask, to do and to work out, so here's the Group F overview for your own perusal. 5' It's been a relatively quiet start to the game, but the hosts have had their first sight of goal. It comes down the right-hand side with a bursting run from Stephan Schröck, who fizzes in a cross that the keeper Dionisios Chirios parries, with Srdjan Lakic waiting to pounce. KICK-OFF: And we're off in the Commerzbank Arena, with Frankfurt kicking from right to left. Some stats on what the hosts are facing this evening: APOEL have never won in Germany in six attempts (D1, L5), but they did become the first Cypriot team to reach the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds in 2011/12, where they lost to Real Madrid CF. CONFIRMED LINE-UPS: Frankfurt: Frankfurt: Wiedwald - Schröck, Celozzi, Anderson, Djakpa - Russ, Flum - Rosenthal, Barnetta, Inui - Lakic APOEL: Chiotis - Guilherme, Antoniades, Borda, Artymatas - Charalambides, Alexandrou - Morais, Solomou, Sheridan - Sotiriou Kick-off - 15 mins In Freiburg's case it's a little more complicated. A draw at home to current Group H leaders Sevilla may suffice to send them through, but if FC Slovan Liberec win against Estoril Praia in the group’s other game, Christian Streich's men will be out. So a win would certainly do the trick in the MAGE Solar Stadion this evening. You can read the match preview here. Remember that one kicks off at 21.05 CET tonight. Kick-off - 30 mins Our first game comes from the Commerzbank Arena where Eintracht Frankfurt host APOEL. It's something of a dead rubber for the Eagles as they have already won Group F with 15 points accrued. In that sense, it will be a good opportunity for coach Armin Veh to test out some untried players, as he admitted in his pre-match conference.
@Bundesliga_GOAL Frankfurt to win 3-1.— Bundesliga Spotlight (@BundesligaSpot) December 12, 2013