Oliver Glasner opted for two alterations after the promising performance against VfL Wolfsburg, where Frankfurt picked up a hard-fought 1:1 draw. Danny da Costa and Daichi Kamada were replaced by Jens Petter Hauge and Timothy Chandler, with the former duo taking their spot on the bench.
Steffen Baumgart made two changes from the team that started the game against Leipzig last weekend. Jan Thielmann and Mark Uth dropped to the bench as Florian Kainz and Sebastian Andersson started in their place.
After the first few exchanges between the sides, it was clear in which direction the game was headed. Sebastian Andersson had the first opening of the match, as he shot wide from 20 yards out. The Swede then narrowly missed Anthony Modeste’s header across goal. The first head injury of the first-half came in the 10th minute, as Erik Durm and Florian Kainz came together. The former had to be brought off.
Not long after, the opening goal arrived. A corner was cleared only as far as Dejan Ljubicic, who played the ball to Benno Schmitz. He produced a stunning pass to Jonas Hector, and his volleyed pass was perfect for the run of Ellyes Skhiri as he tapped in. Modeste had the chance to make it two, only to see his header loop over the crossbar.
Frankfurt started to come on strong after that, though it was the heavy clashes that continue to disrupt play. Luca Kilian was replaced by Jorge Meré, while Modeste, Benno Schmitz, Martin Hinteregger and Timothy Chandler all required treatment to continue. Eight minutes of added time were signalled and, in the sixth minute, the equaliser fell in that period. Filip Kostic picked out Rafael Borré at the back post, who fired into the bottom corner from 14 yards out.
The second-half began with a double change for FC, as Jan Thielmann and Kingsley Ehizibue replaced Dejan Ljubicic and Benno Schmitz. Frankfurt pressed early but were unable to test Timo Horn in an open start to the second period. In the 54th minute, FC thought they had taken the lead as Florian Kainz fired into an empty net. The goal was disallowed after an offside in the build-up, however.
Andersson had another set of chances before Frankfurt finally found their way into the second half. The hosts had a glorious opportunity as Daichi Kamada headed wide of the mark as he stood free in the six-yard box. Jorge Meré’s header almost looped into the top corner and Timo Horn had to be alert to deny Martin Hinteregger’s powerful half-volley.
The end of the game became frayed, with both teams unable to play out promising counter opportunities. Frankfurt failed to test Timo Horn in the latter stages and FC had a late Mark Uth effort blocked as the game ended all-square.
FC end the day in sixth place and are next in action against Greuther Fürth on Friday evening at the RheinEnergieSTADION. The game kicks off at 20:30 CEST.
Eintracht Frankfurt (4-4-2): Trapp – Durm (da Costa 11‘), Ndicka, Hinteregger, Chandler – Hauge (Lindström 62‘), Sow (Ilsanker 85‘), Jakic, Kostic – Borré, Lammers (Kamada 62‘).
1. FC Köln (4-1-3-2): T. Horn – Schmitz (Ehizibue 46‘), Kilian (Meré 35‘), Czichos, Hector – Skhiri – Ljubicic (Thielmann 46‘), Duda (Uth 85‘), Kainz (Schaub 72‘) – Modeste, Andersson.
Goals: 0:1, Skhiri 14‘. 1:1, Borré 45+6‘.
Referee: Martin Petersen (Stuttgart).
Booked: Chandler (25’), Ljubicic (37’), Ehizibue (62’), Hinteregger (80’), Andersson (86’), Baumgart (90+3’).
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