Europe experts lose
Frankfurt take it easy, RB must shake now
RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt each face a major match in the Europa League, but in everyday life the dress rehearsal goes wrong: Both teams lose at the end of the 32nd match day in the Bundesliga. Bankruptcy can be costly for Leipzig.
Bayer 04 Leverkusen – Eintracht Frankfurt 2: 0 (1: 0)
Bayer Leverkusen are on their way to the Champions League, while Eintracht Frankfurt conceded an expected defeat between the semi-final highlights of the Europa League with a B-Elf. Leverkusen consolidated their third place on Monday night with a 2-0 (1-0) victory over Hessians, which changed eight positions compared to the 2-1 victory at West Ham United. The defeat can not really be described as a failed dress rehearsal.
On Thursday, Eintracht welcomes Londoners in the battle for the final. For Frankfurt, where the league is no longer about anything, there was also nothing to pick up in Leverkusen in the last few years, even with the best row. This was the seventh defeat in a row at BayArena with incredible 2:25 goals. For Bayer, the safe participation in the European Cup, which was already safe at the start of the weekend due to the results, is only a stopover. The goal is clearly the Champions League. And it’s very close. Paulinho (18th) and Patrik Schick (51st) scored the goals on Monday with their 22nd goal of the season.
The Frankfurters did not seem really unmotivated for the allegedly annoying stopover between the two West Ham matches. Apparently the final suspense was missing. The weakened Leverkusen team allowed the Hessians to play along and waited for counter-attacks with their fast players. And one of the first led to success. Moussa Diaby, fast as an arrow, pulled away, served Paulinho with an outside wrist pass, and the Brazilian, who had been successful last week, scored his fourth goal of the season through Kevin Trapp’s legs. Schick also scored in the 34th minute, but had previously been offside. Frankfurter hardly came dangerously in front of the goal. Goncalo Paciencia’s first shot on goal came in the 38th minute and was completely harmless, while Jens Petter Hauges was only slightly more dangerous despite a good position (42 ‘).
Coach Oliver Glasner saved more energy during the break and made three changes. Tuta and Filip Kostic were the only two outfielders left in the starting line-up compared to the match in London. The goal after the break was scored again by Bayer. Schick’s cheers were initially interrupted by referee Benjamin Cortus for offside. However, the video evidence showed that the check had not been offside by millimeters. The ball went through Trapp’s legs again, and Diaby provided the assist again; it was his eleventh of the current season.
Borussia Mönchengladbach – RB Leipzig 3: 1 (2: 1)
Europa League semi-finalist RB Leipzig has suffered another setback in the battle for Champions League qualification in the Bundesliga. At Borussia Mönchengladbach, coach Domenico Tedesco’s team lost 1: 3 (1: 2) and thus admitted the second defeat in the league in a row – this time by a majority. Gladbach’s Nico Elvedi saw the red card about half an hour before the end due to an emergency brake (64th minute).
Three days before the second match of the semi-final in Glasgow Rangers, Leipzig missed the jump back to the top four teams in the table and is only number five after 32 match days. Goals by Breel Embolo (17th minute) and Jonas Hofmann (45th + 2/77.) In front of 32,324 spectators led to Gladbach’s second victory against Leipzig. Only Christopher Nkunku (36th) was successful for the cup finalists, who only dominated in the second half. After an overall very disappointing season, Gladbach can still hope for a conciliatory end to the season and a single-digit place in the table again. Borussia has always managed to do that for ten years.
Only after the break, when Leipzig suddenly put pressure on, did coach Adi Hütter’s team have to fight for the victory. Before the change, Leipzig had seemed rather hampered between the semi-finals against Rangers. With five new players compared to the 1-0 win over Glasgow last Thursday, the visitors handed over the match to Borussia, who did not play against international Matthias Ginter. Ginter is said to be returning to his youth club SC Freiburg at the end of the season, who are now in a Champions League place ahead of Leipzig.
Leipzig was given the Embolo tour by Konrad Laimer himself. It was the fifth goal in the last six league games for the Swiss national team player. The Saxons were lucky after almost half an hour that referee Martin Petersen left Josko Gvardiol, who had already been warned, on the field after his second yellow card error. The Croatian was soon taken off the field by Tesdesco for Marcel Halstenberg, but Leipzig were able to continue playing with eleven players and thanks to individual class equalized at the first opportunity.
Nkunku, who has been so strong this season, received a pass from André Silva and made four Borussia look old: Luca Netz, Nico Elvedi, Ramy Bensebaini and goalkeeper Yann Sommer had no chance against the French attacking player who scored his 31. competition objectives. in the 48th game scored this season. Overall, however, the Gladbachers kept the pressure on at least before the break and went deservedly into the break with a lead because national team player Hofmann used a brilliant Embolo pass in overtime in the first half.
After the break only Leipzig played and after an hour they were in the lead because Elvedi’s clumsy attempts to defend against Nkunku failed and the Swiss had to leave the pitch due to this emergency brake. Despite now significantly more ball possession and the numerical superiority, Leipzig were too unimaginative in attack and even cashed in the third goal through Hofmann. The Saxons will fly directly from Düsseldorf to Scotland on Tuesday, with the return leg in Glasgow scheduled for Thursday. RB won the semi-final first match of the Europa League 1-0.