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29 August 2019 Eintracht Frankfurt 3 Strasbourg 0 (3-1) UEFA Europa League

 

Lamina Kone (Ivory Coast) - 30-year-old central defender, rated 3 mil, was part of a Strasbourg back three, found it tough at times against Rebic and co. as Frankfurt pressed, his defence looked a bit ragged at times, goes up for corners, was substituted in second half as his team switched to a back four.

Kevin Lucien Zohi (Mali) - 22-year-old, played wide left, rated at 2mil, limited in the first half but showed some pace in breaks forward in the second, left-footed, had one chance blocked, kept going in losing side.

Nuno Da Costa (Cape Verde) - 28-year-old, rated 5 mil, came on after 68 minutes to play wide right, never got in a serious threat, one header went wide.

Lebo Mothiba (South Africa) - 23-year-old, rated 7 mil, very late sub. unable to affect the outcome.

 

Backed by a very vocal group of fans Frankfurt recovered a one-goal first-leg deficit to comfortably qualify for the Groups phase of the UEFA Europa League.

Though the result did depend on them benefiting from a fortunate own-goal when Mitrovic diverted in an Ante Rebic cross in the first period.

And the home side also had to overcome the dismissal of Rebic following his clash with Strasbourg goalie Matz Sels just before the interval.

The home whistled their disapproval of that decision and continued their displeasure whenever Sels was near the ball.

After being dominated initially the French League Cup winners would eventually get more play against the ten men with Zohi showing pace down the left.

But that situation would change when midfielder Lienard was sent off for a bad tackle leaving both sides one man short.

Soon after that Serbian Filip Kostic brilliantly sent a free-kick into the top corner to give Eintracht the advantage.

Within a couple of minutes, the tie was decided after Kamada broke down the left and crossed for da Costa to deliver the clincher.

There was time for Kostic to slam a drive against the bar and a few breaks forward from the French side but ultimately the Bundesliga side prevailed fairly comfortably.

And so they would take their place in the Group stage of the Europa League.

 

report & analysis -  John Bethell

 

 


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