Strasbourg (AP) – The European party of Eintracht Frankfurt is threatening to fail this season.
Still without scorer, Bas Dost, still waiting at Sporting Lisbon, the Bundesliga club Hesse lost Thursday the first leg in the playoffs at Racing Strasbourg at 0: 1 (0: 1) and must seriously qualify for the phase of Europe League groups scared.
Lucien Zohi scored in the 33rd minute for the deserved victory of the winner of the Coupe de la Ligue Française. After the first defeat in the seventh season of the Frankfurt semi-final match last year in the return match next Thursday, the local audience has to increase significantly to reach the goal that it's going to be. is imposed.
"We were not ready, we had not made any progress at all," coach Adi Hütter told Nitro about the weakness of the first half after to have eliminated the second of Croatia, Ante Rebic. "This performance, which just does not fit, to evolve and behave in such an important match, is why I saved it." In the second half, he saw a "completely different team".
Sport Board Fredi Bobic saw the same thing. After the restart, "the boys played really well, Strasbourg has not yet arrived, it will be very exciting next Thursday," he said. Gelson Fernandes said: "Unfortunately, we did not score a goal," but the team could "grow" in the second half.
Already at the beginning, the team of coach Adi Hütter had had far more problems than against European lightweight Flora Tallinn and FC Vaduz in previous qualifying. The races were brave in front of 22,000 spectators, including DFB President-elect Fritz Keller. "We fly to Europe", had written the Strasbourg fans on a poster. Dimitri Liénard at first missed the hosts (12).
Hütter had his starting lineup against table-13. French Ligue 1 compared to the prelude of the league (1-0 against Hoffenheim) has changed from one position. Lucas Torro played for Dominik Kohr in the defensive midfield. In the storm, Ante Rebic was only allowed to play during a half-time, while Goncalo Paciencia was replaced after the break by the Croatian vice-world champion.
The Bundesliga club was required in the first 45 minutes, especially on the defensive. At the front, the Hütter team made a lot of unusual mistakes, Eintracht's match seemed rushed. Frankfurt acted with more dynamism only after the break. Filip Kostic took the first opportunity in the 29th minute, but Strasbourg goalkeeper Mats Sels was able to counter the Serbian free-kick effortlessly.
The French, who had played with great financial difficulties in the fifth league in 2011/12, have presented themselves much more clearly. Zohi came out of the fight after a weakly defended corner. "We are too inaccurate and let us attract, we must play more compact," said sports director Bruno Hübner during the break in Nitro. Hütter also brought Paciencia with Sebastian Rode for Mijat Gacinovic.
Shortly after the restart, Daichi Kamada twice gave the chance to equalize (46th and 50th). On the second shot of the Japanese, defender Alexander Djiku slightly touched the ball with his hand. As a result, Frankfurt put pressure on the opposition, but the defense remained vulnerable.
News of the scrambled transfer to Dost, there was none at the first storm. That this changes until the opening of the match from Frankfurt to RB Leipzig on Sunday (15.30) is open. "We hope of course that it will be on stage," said Hütter before the match on RTL.