Frankfurt take derby spoils
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Ngankam goes close
Jessic Ngankam shoots from a tight angle but his low effort is blocked by Schuhen on the line.
Last throw of the dice?
Darmstadt are piling bodies forward for these last few minutes.
Stojilkovic lets fly but Trapp gets down well to save.
Schnellhardt finds space on the edge of the Frankfurt box but he gets under his shot.
Hard day at the office
Manu had more time than he realised and fires off target.
Darmstadt have moved to a back four with Nürnberger at left-back and Karic up ahead.
Max whips another low cross in from a dead ball but Darmstadt get it clear.
Dina Ebimbe's shot hits Shuchen's chest and Kolo Muani handballs looking to capitalise on a rebound.
Gulf in class?
Lindstrom tries to back-heel the ball into Schuhen's far corner. Dina Ebimbe was better placed to shoot too.
Moment in history
Makoto Hasebe's introduction means he is Frankfurt's oldest ever player at 39 years and 217 days of age.
Pfeiffer heads against the post and Klraer fires the rebound over, off Honsak! The visitors' best chance.
Two attacking players replaced by two attacking players - Torsten Lieberknecht wants to get back into this!
Götze looks for Dina Ebimbe but Holland cuts it out.
Holland whips in a free-kick, Hornby nods it on and Maglica is there at the back post. He send sit over and the flag goes up for offside anyway.
So close for Darmstadt! Honsak squares for Hornby but Trapp gets a toe on his cross at the last.
Dina Ebimbe sends the ball into Kolo Muani but Darmstadt scramble it out for a corner.
Kolo Muani skips past two players on the right but then fails to pick out a teammate with his low cross.
Can Darmstadt get back into the derby?
Frankfurt were due that goal, statistically...
And rightly so?
Frankfurt lead at the break
Kolo Muani's goal separates the sides at half-time.
Frankfurt in control
Die Adler have put their foot on the ball now having taken the lead.
Randal Kolo Muani is off the mark for the season! Philipp Max drills low across goal and the Frenchman is left with a simple finish at the back post.
There had only been two fouls apiece before Christoph Klarer's yellow card.
Philipp Max and Götze try and play a short corner from the training ground, but Darmstadt aren't fooled.
Fabian Holland slips Hornby in for a chance, but Robin Koch blocks the former Reims man's shot.
Better from Darmstadt
Hornby, Honsak and Oscar Vilhelmsson are beginning to stretch their legs, with Frankfurt having to backtrack.
Goals to come?
That the three fastest players so far all play on the shoulder of the last defender...
Fraser Hornby comes forward and tees up Honsak for a shot, but Kevin Trapp is equal to it.
Disappointment for Rode
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Jakic tries to curl one into Schuhen's top corner, but he gets too much on it and it sails harmlessly over.
Another ankle injury?
Lindstrom now goes down under a challenge. He limps back to his feet, though.
Jesper Lindstrom thought he was fouled by Emir Karic in the box, but referee Harm Osmers wan't interested.
Danger for Darmstadt!
Randal Kolo Muani forces a corner with a shot from a tight angle.
Fabian Nürnberger whips in a free-kick but the hosts head it out for a corner.
Mathias Honsak pulls a long ball out of the sky with one touch. Darmstadt's move game to nothing in the end, but wow.
Mario Götze whips in a free-kick that's punched away by Marcel Schuhen.
And there is the first change of the game, Kristijan Jakic and like-for-like replacement for Rode.
Sebastian Rode, retiring at the end of the season, goes over his ankle, but he's back to his feet... for now.
We're underway for this Hessenderby between Frankfurt and Darmstadt - the first in the Bundesliga since February 2017!
Welcome to the Jungle
Guns N' Roses hit Welcome to the Jungle bellows out at the Deutsche Bank Park. Will Darmstadt find their Bundesliga return quite so hostile?
Darmstadt team news
Fraser Hornby, a summer arrival from Reims, via Aberdeen, leads the line. Matthias Bader, Darmstadt's usual right wing-back, has a thigh injury so Fabian Nürnberger takes his place. Goalkeeper Marcel Schuchen had the highest save percentage in Bundesliga 2 last season…
Frankfurt team news
Randal Kolo Muani starts at the point of the Frankfurt attack, the Frenchman looking to pick up where he left off last season with his 15 goals and 11 assists. Robin Koch, a summer arrival from Leeds, starts at the back with Makoto Hasebe dropping to the bench.
Darmstadt starting XI
Schuhen - Klarer, Zimmermann, Maglica - Nürnberger, Mehlem, Holland (c), Karic - Vilhelmsson, Honsak - Hornby
Behrensm Isherwood, Müller, Riedel, Manu, Schnellhardt, Franjic, Stojilkovic, Pfeiffer
Frankfurt starting XI
Trapp - Tuta, Koch, Pacho - Dina Ebimbe, Rode (c), Skhiri, Max - Lindstrom, Götze - Kolo Muani
Grahl, Hasebe, Buta, Jakic, Larsson, Marmoush, Ngankam, Hauge, Knauff
Big derby day for Darmstadt
Darmstadt are back in the big time and they've been handed a massive game to mark their return as they travel up the road to take on neighbours Frankfurt in the Hessenderby. It would be some statement if the visitors could claim all three points. The final game of MD1 gets underway at 5.30pm CEST, just after Union host Mainz at 3.30pm CEST.
Watch: The Bundesliga is back!
History against them
Darmstadt have never won on Matchday 1 in the Bundesliga, drawing three times and losing once.
Watch: Tactical analysis of Randal Kolo Muani
If the Japanese defender takes to the field here, the 39-year-old will become the oldest player in Frankfurt's Bundesliga history. Toppmöller would be wise to play him too: Hasebe has only scored two Bundesliga goals for the Eagles so far, and both have come against Darmstadt.
Only a win will do
These teams have faced each other eight times in the Bundesliga over the years, and there has never been a draw. Frankfurt have taken the spoils five times, with Darmstadt three - more top-flight wins than they have against any other club.
Watch: Get ready for Frankfurt vs. Darmstadt!
The Dino Toppmöller era at Eintracht Frankfurt gets under way with the visit of promoted Darmstadt. Frankfurt scraped a top-seven finish last term, while local rivals Darmstadt secured their return to the Bundesliga after six straight seasons in Bundesliga 2. This one has all the ingredients to be an absolute cracker...