Eintracht earn a point against Tottenham

Updated on 04/10/2022 23:05

  • Eintracht Frankfurt has problems with the attacking stars of Tottenham Hotspur.
  • Despite this, the Hessians can still take a point in the Champions League home game after a goalless draw.

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Lean food instead of a lavish football festival: Eintracht Frankfurt missed the club’s first home win in Champions League history on the second attempt, but with a goalless draw against Tottenham Hotspur, they still had every chance to continue. In front of 50,500 spectators, the Hessians earned a point in Tuesday’s game against the third-placed team in the English Premier League around star striker Harry Kane due to the improved performance in the second half.

With four points each, both teams in Pool D are level behind league-leader Sporting Lisbon (6), which lost 4-1 to Olympique Marseille (3). Eintracht will travel to London next week for the second leg.

“Tottenham is of course the favourite, this offensive is probably one of the best in Europe,” said the Eintracht coach. Oliver Glasner said before kick-off: “It’s about mastering them and making effective use of the few spaces Antonio Conte’s side gives you.”

Tottenham hits Frankfurt hard

Tottenham even showed their much-vaunted offensive prowess from the start – above all kane. The England international narrowly missed the ball twice (12th and 25th) and his long shot (28th) was not far off the mark. But Eintracht didn’t hide at first either, in a short push phase missed midfielder Sebastian Rode (18th), whose shot was deflected into the corner.

All in all, Eintracht, in which the recently retired Djibril Sow replaced the injured Mario Götze as expected, was initially not strong enough despite all efforts. Also because striker Randal Kolo Muani, who gave Glasner a lot of freedom in the offensive as an ‘instinct football player’, was largely taken out of the game by the defense of the guests. Daichi Kamada, who had taken over the Götze position in the attacking midfield, also had too few accents. In addition, the bad passes that hindered the flow of the game increased.

English miss a lot of opportunities

Tottenham was different: when they won the ball, they went straight and dangerous again and again. Shortly before the halftime signal, former Bundesliga pros Heung-Min Son (40′) missed good opportunities to take the lead at half-time after a fine heel by Kane and Ivan Perisic (43′).

After the change of camp, the home team came out of the locker room with more speed, which was immediately rewarded with a great chance: Sow tapped the ball perfectly into the penalty area, where Ansgar Knauff brought it straight to goal from the air. But guest goalkeeper Hugo Lloris parried. After an hour, Jesper Lindström went wide in a promising position. Third place in the Premier League was defensively vulnerable.

But so was Frankfurt, especially with Kane and Son, the defenders around longtime star Makoto Hasebe had their problems. After less than an hour, the disappointing Kolo Muani had to leave the field for Rafael Santos Borré. As the game progressed, both teams slowed down a bit, leaving few chances. (dpa/cgo)

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