EIt was more than just a liberation. That 4-1 was an impressive show of strength and class. Certainly: Hertha was exactly the right opponent at the right time. But unlike teams that defend themselves with might and fighting against the threat of class promotion, this Hertha was just a collection of weak individual parts. Eintracht has dismantled this Hertha. And if she had been more determined in the end in the first half, she could have filled the half-dozen goals very well. It was the goals of Ansgar Knauff (17th minute), Tuta (48th), Jesper Lindström (56th) and Rafael Borré (63rd) with which Eintracht shot out of their earnings crisis.
Finally won again, after three defeats in a row: “Of course we’re all in a good mood today,” said goal scorer Knauff, who not only recommended himself for further starting eleven nominations with his famous header, but also did well as a preparer in the 2-0. “We got the confidence for our performance in training.” After the 4:1, Oliver Glasner was happy about an “absolutely deserved victory. We controlled the game and only made it exciting for a short time because we invited the opponent to score,” said the Eintracht coach. “But we reacted immediately. Winning here is a great story.”
It was no surprise that Makoto Hasebe watched the action in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium from the bench. Coach Glasner opted for the tried and tested duo of Djibril Sow and Kristijan Jakic, who were to intercept and disrupt the three-man defense chain. Alone: There was almost nothing to do. Hertha also showed against Eintracht why they are rightly third from the bottom of the table and why they have to worry about their future in a first-class environment. To the extent that the Berliners once again showed a poor performance this season, it was the Frankfurters who triumphed away in the style of a home team. Already in the sixth minute, Lindström had the opportunity to put the dominant Hessians in the lead. This promising situation was preceded by a capital cross pass from the former Frankfurter Marc-Oliver Kempf, which he played pointlessly to the opponent and thus caused great danger.
After twelve minutes it was Knauff who wanted to put a lasting exclamation mark behind his starting eleven. But the Dortmund loan player was still lacking in fortune. This was to change a short time later. But first it was again the Dane Lindström who should have scored to make it 1-0. Well released by fellow striker Borré and hurrying towards the Berlin goal, he put the ball that was ready to score a tad too far in front (15th minute). Bad luck for Eintracht, luck for Hertha. But then: Finally, the long overdue and well-deserved leadership for the better team in all respects fell. It was the pattern you know at Eintracht. flank, goal. Filip Kostic brought the ball into the penalty area, Knauff jumped higher than all Berliners and made it 1-0 with a wonderful header (17th).
Scenes from Hertha: It was shocking what the capital city troupe offered their paying customers. The first action was a shot by Stefan Jovetic, which might have counted in football, as it sailed several meters above the Frankfurt goal into the Berlin sky.
Eintracht trumped in the style of a solid home team, and Hertha’s disastrous performance can be symbolized by an action in the 34th minute when Marco Richter shot the ball wide without being pressed.
Tuta briefly showed how to do it better and more effectively at the beginning of the second period of the game. After Knauff crossed with precision and Evan Ndicka had headed the ball well, the Brazilian only had to complete it with courage (48′). The 2-0 was well deserved – and so was the 3-0. This time the industrious Lindström had more success than he knew how to use the blackout of Hertha goalkeeper Marcel Lotka with a lob from 30 meters into the orphaned Berliner Tor. The fact that Davie Selke scored the only goal for the weak Hertha immediately after being substituted on (61st) was a gift. Eintracht’s response followed promptly. Borré at the end of a strong attack was free enough to skillfully increase the score to 4:1 (63rd). At this point at the latest, the game between two unequal teams was decided. Here is Eintracht, which can start the journey to the Europa League round of 16 at Betis Sevilla with new momentum. There Hertha, which has to worry about the continued existence of first-class football. It was right and important that Eintracht coach Glasner stuck to his own guidelines. “I’ve rarely experienced three defeats in a row myself,” he said before the flight to Berlin. “But let’s not be fooled. The training impressions give me confidence.” What he saw under competition conditions on Saturday should have satisfied him completely.
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