·3 September 2022
·3 September 2022
Eintracht earned a first Bundesliga home victory of the season with a swashbuckling 4-0 triumph over Leipzig.
Head coach Oliver Glasner largely stuck to the “never change a winning team” maxim following last week’s 4-3 win over Werder Bremen, but he was forced to make one change after Luca Pellegrini was ruled out with muscular complaints. Christopher Lenz replaced him at left-back in what was otherwise an unchanged line-up. Aggressive start
Buoyed by that Bremen win and with a maiden UEFA Champions League assignment against Sporting Lisbon coming up on Wednesday, the Eagles began brightly and had the ball in the net as early as the 10th minute when Daichi Kamada scored on the break, only for his effort to be ruled out for offside. The Japanese playmaker did get his name on the scoresheet moments later though, heading in at the far post following good work in the build-up from Mario Götze and the effervescent Randal Kolo Muani. Glasner’s side soon doubled their lead when captain Sebastian Rode took aim from the edge of the box, his deflected strike wrong-footing goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi and nestling into the net. Rode was substituted off around the half-hour mark with an injury but it did little to disrupt Eintracht’s flow, with the bamboozled visitors unable to muster a threatening shot at goal before the half-time interval.
More of the same Far from sitting back and defending their lead, the Eagles remained on the front foot in the second half and went close to adding a third when Kolo Muani evaded his marker at the back post but could only direct his header straight at Gulacsi. There were further chances in quick succession for Götze and Kamada, but the Leipzig goalkeeper denied the former before a defender’s outstretched boot blocked Kamada’s goal-bound drive. Undeterred, Glasner’s men continued to pour forward and effectively sealed the win midway through the half when a well-worked corner was played to the unmarked Götze on the edge of the Leipzig penalty area. His shot was parried by Gulacsi but Tuta was quickest to the rebound to prod in from close range. Rafael Borré added the icing on the cake with a late penalty after Ansgar Knauff had been tripped in the box, rounding off a superb team performance from the Eagles. Summary: Confidence-boosting win Eintracht didn’t give Leipzig a chance to get into the game, with their intensity and aggression too much for the visitors to cope with. The end result may be surprising against a fellow Champions League participant, but it was also fully deserved and sets them up nicely for the European tie with Sporting on Wednesday. SGE line-up Trapp – Jakic (Chandler 86’), Tuta, Ndicka, Lenz (Smolcic 87’) – Sow, Rode (Dina Ebimbe 32’) – Lindström (Knauff 74’), Götze, Kamada – Kolo Muani (Borré 74’)
1-0 Kamada (16’) 2-0 Rode (22’) 3-0 Tuta (67’) 4-0 Borré (84’, pen.)
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