Fürth as good as relegated
The Union misses the cold shower of Barça in Frankfurt
04/17/2022, 7:26 p.m.
Eintracht showed just how enjoyable the Europa League can be in Barcelona on Thursday: In the current affairs of the Bundesliga, the international places slip far after the collapse of Union Berlin. The Köpenickers are doing well, also because Hoffenheim fails against Fürth.
1. FC Union Berlin – Eintracht Frankfurt 2:0 (2:0)
European Cup high-flyers Eintracht Frankfurt have made a hard landing in the Bundesliga. Three days after the sensational coup in the Europa League at FC Barcelona, the Hessians suffered a sensitive defeat with the 0-2 (0-2) at Union Berlin. The tired Frankfurters could never build on Camp Nou’s fine performance and were even presented by the Unioners in the first half.
Taiwo Awoniyi (17′) and Grischa Prömel (20′) scored the goals for the Irons, who confirmed their European ambitions with their third successive victory. Elsewhere, coach Urs Fischer’s team celebrated a successful dress rehearsal for the DFB Cup semi-finals on Wednesday (8:45 p.m. / ARD and Sky) at RB Leipzig.
Eintracht, on the other hand, have virtually no chance of qualifying for an international starting spot in the coming season via the Bundesliga. However, this is still possible with the Europa League victory. After the grueling quarter-final second leg in Barcelona, coach Oliver Glasner sent six new starting XIs onto the pitch. National goalkeeper Kevin Trapp did not leave the team due to stress, he fell due to ligament strain in his wrist.
Jens Grahl stood between the Trapp posts, and he had a lot to do in his first Bundesliga appearance in six years. After Genki Haraguchi’s header hit the post (12′), Awoniyi aimed more precisely five minutes later on a counter-attack. Before that, the burly Nigerian beat Martin Hinteregger with great physical effort.
With Prömel’s second goal, the home side were mentally and physically faster than Frankfurt. Just two minutes later, Prömel had a huge chance to make it 3-0, but the midfielder was missing ten yards from goal.
The Unioners, who were greeted by fans chanting “Stadtmeister, Stadtmeister!” after the clear victory in the derby at Hertha BSC (4:1), acted more determined and aggressive. For a sometimes completely overwhelmed Frankfurt, there were signs of bankruptcy from the start, Rani Khedira alone should have scored two more goals in the first half (27th and 38th).
Offensively, Frankfurt were harmless even after the change of sides, even the recent standout Filip Kostic was largely unregistered from Julian Ryerson. As Union kicked into high gear, the game went on for a long time in the second half. The first excitement was Awoniyi’s solid solo, but the finish was too weak (63rd).
1899 Hoffenheim – SpVgg Greuther Furth 0-0
The relegation of SpVgg Greuther Fürth is almost sealed. The bottom team got a 0-0 draw at TSG Hoffenheim on Matchday 30, but entry into the 2nd division can hardly be avoided. The promoted side are on eleven points and more than 30 goals behind the relegation spot. The Fürths have been waiting for a trio for eight league games. Things are not going much better for the weakening TSG. After three defeats, the chances of the coveted place in the European Cup are dwindling.
The only 16,110 spectators saw a match without real highlights in the early stages. TSG striker Munas Dabbur only caused a hint of danger (3rd). Fürth striker Havard Nielsen had to leave the field injured in the eleventh minute, and Dickson Abiama replaced him. The hosts in particular, who lacked captain Benjamin Hübner, Ermin Bicakcic, Dennis Geiger, Florian Grillitsch and Marco John, were disappointing in the opening 20 minutes. Coach Sebastian Hoeneß’s team acted unimaginative and lethargic. At the end of the first half, Hoffenheim bade farewell to the locker room with whistles from their own supporters.
From the start of the second period, Hoffenheim defender Stefan Posch had to leave. The Austrian was lacerated after a collision with his teammate Diadie Samassekou. Havard Nordtveit replaced Posch. Little change in the match compared to the first half. Little or nothing worked at the TSG. Ihlas Bebou has passed at least one diploma (57th). But more was not possible even after an hour. On the other side, Julian Green almost punished the weakness of Hoffenheim (62nd).