Eintracht Frankfurt secured a draw in Mainz at the end of the season. At first it looked like a summer kick, but then Eintracht fought his way into the match. However, a key player had to leave the field injured.
Eintracht Frankfurt presented very well in the dress rehearsal for the Europa League final at the last Bundesliga match in Mainz. The team played a 2-2 (2-1) draw on Saturday. Marcus Ingvartsen gave Mainz a 1-0 lead after ten minutes, but Eintracht turned the match around with goals from Tuta (25 ‘) and Rafael Borré (35’). Ingvarsten again got the equalizer for Mainz (49th).
Coach Oliver Glasner decided against rotation and sent the current “Stammelf” on the field – minus Jesper Lindströn, who was still injured and who, as expected, was replaced by Jens Petter Hauge.
Eintracht comes into the game very poorly
Eintracht played very passively in the beginning, goalkeeper Kevin Trapp had to fend off a shot from Jonathan Burkardt on the short corner in the eighth minute. Only two minutes later it rang at the door: the starting point was a throw-in from Eintracht, which Filip Kostic threw at the opponent’s feet. Evan N’Dicka described the following attack insufficiently several times. Ingvarsten then shot the ball in from close range (10 ‘). In the wake, the Frankfurt team’s performance was more reminiscent of a summer kick than a dress rehearsal.
But the visitors surprisingly struck with the first real chance to score: Kostic brought a dangerous free-kick to the six-yard box, Borré initially headed too centrally at the Mainz goalkeeper, but Tuta pushed the riposte over the line to equalize (25th). Two minutes later, Djibril Sow missed narrowly with a long shot. Glasner’s team was suddenly in the middle of the match and had more grip on the duels.
Magnificent pass from Knauff on Borré
Characteristic of this was Ansgar Knauff’s furious solo run through Mainz midfield with one last opening ball for Borré. The Colombian shot coldly into the far corner and made it 2-1 (35 ‘). Mainz’s Anton Stach missed a faux pass from Almamy Touré (44 ‘). In the second half, Kristijan Jakic came as agreed on the field for Sebastian Rode.
The start of the second half was similar to the first: Mainz came in much better and scored again through Ingvartsen, who reacted faster than Tuta after a cross (49 ‘). Now it went back and forth: A powerful shot in goal by Kostic (51st) was called back due to a previous offside position. At the other end, 05er Aaron Martin hit only the inside of the post (55 ‘).
Evan N’Dicka is to be sent off
After an hour of play, Glasner took Touré, Hauge and Tuta off the field for the final. Evan N’Dicka also left seven minutes later – but after an injury treatment. He grabbed his foot but was able to leave the field on his own. A failure of the French would be a serious weakness in the final.
74 minutes into the match, the referee signaled for a Mainz substitution. It was a lucky decision for Eintracht, who took a point and finished as eleventh in the table.
Update: Everything is ready at N’Dicka
The injury-related replacement of Eintracht’s Evan N’Dicka in the match in Mainz 05 was a preventive measure. A failure for the final on Wednesday is not a problem. Sports director Markus Krösche said after the match: “It’s not a bad thing for Evan, he just has a little problem with his sole.” Captain Sebastian Rode also said: “I assume it was just a safety precaution with Evan.”
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Mainz – Frankfurt 2: 2 (1: 2)
Mainz: Dahmen – Bell, Hack, Niakhaté – Brosinski (71.Tauer), Kohr, Stach (64.Barreiro), Martin – Boetius (64.Stöger), Burkardt – Ingvartsen (70.Lee / 77.Nebel)
Frankfurt: Trapp – Toure (59.Hasebe), Tuta (60.Ilsanker), N’Dicka (68.Lenz) – Rode (46.Jakic), Sow – Knauff, Kostic -Hauge (59.Hrustic), Kamada – Borre
Porte: 1-0 Ingvartsen (10 ‘), 1-1 Tuta (26’), 1-2 Borre (35 ‘), 2-2 Ingvartsen (49’)
yellow card: Bell, Martin / –
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