Frankfurt / Main (dpa) – Shortly after the final whistle, the power wasn’t even enough to cheer. Under the leadership of competition winner Lars Stindl, the pros from Borussia Mönchengladbach dragged themselves into the dressing room.
The 3: 3 (1: 3) Tuesday night at Eintracht Frankfurt revealed how much the Champions League participant has to contend with the stress of recent weeks. After all: thanks to Stindl, coach Marco Rose’s team, who is reportedly courted by Borussia Dortmund, has not lost.
“We invested everything and put everything on the field emotionally. If we had played a few more minutes, we might have won,” said the 32-year-old, who scored twice in the wild final phase (90./fault and 90. + 4. ).
Before that, Stindl had also put the guests in the lead. But after the goals of strong André Silva (22nd / penalty and 24th) and Aymen Barkok (32nd), Eintracht looked like the winner for a long time. But now Frankfurt is still waiting for its first victory since the beginning of October. “It’s a huge disappointment,” said Amin Younes. “The 3: 3 feels like defeat.”
On Saturday, Borussia will play against Hoffenheim, while SGE will play in Augsburg – but without David Abraham, who saw the yellow-red card (81st).
Gladbach’s sports director Max Eberl reacted calmly to speculation about his successful coach and the opening at Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season with serenity just before kick-off. At the moment there is a “very good” chance that Rose will stay on the Lower Rhine after the summer, said Eberl of Sky, at the moment it is even “99 percent”. Then the team leader of the Champions League round of 16 saw a weak first half of his team.
The guests determined the initial phase. Defense chief Matthias Ginter, one of the few who had started against Hertha BSC (1-1) three days ago, missed the first chance to take the lead early (4th) and Stindl beautifully converted a 22 meter free kick into his fifth goal of the season. Eintracht, which had started eight Bundesliga games without a win, quickly found its way back into the game.
First, Stefan Lainer caused the hand penalty when Martin Hinteregger shot, who confidently converted Silva. 168 seconds later, the Portuguese hit deep from his own half after a quick free kick from Frankfurt against the surprised Gladbacher. And Barkok danced the guests’ defense in the penalty area with almost impressive nonchalance in front of his goal to make it 3-1. Rarely has Eintracht performed so enthusiastically this season as in this phase.
Borussia felt the tension of the successful English weeks in the European Cup. Yann Sommer, returning to Gladbacher Tor after overcoming adductor problems, was always challenged. Silva missed Frankfurt’s fourth goal in the 56th minute – just like former Gladbacher Younes free in Gladbach’s penalty area (64th).
The Rose team struggled to make the match well into the second half. The Frankfurters remained the more dangerous team and waited for the last decisive goal. Stindl made the final phase exciting again, Barkok had caused the penalty kick – and then let his team cheer.