Champions League: After comeback: Eintracht winters in the premier class

Kevin Trapp collapsed on the pitch with joy, in the away block the Eintracht Frankfurt fans celebrated this historic victory for Lisbon without a break.

Champions League: After comeback: Eintracht winters in the premier class

Kevin Trapp collapsed on the pitch with joy, in the away block the Eintracht Frankfurt fans celebrated this historic victory for Lisbon without a break. The European specialists around Trapp and Co. still managed to make the historic entry into the round of 16 of the premier class.

Thanks to an increase in performance and great morale in the second half, Eintracht prevailed 2-1 (0-1) at Sporting Lisbon. Daichi Kamada (62nd minute/hand penalty) and Randal Kolo Muani (72nd) scored in a heated game that ensured that the Frankfurters were in the knockout phase of Europe's highest competition for the first time in their club history.

"It feels like one big event after the other. We've made history again," said Trapp after the end of the game about the evening, which follows seamlessly from Barcelona or Seville this spring. "The team is a lot of fun. Today we confirmed what we've shown over the last few weeks." The happy Frankfurt pros danced towards their fans and celebrated the next magical evening on the international stage.

Big names in the draw

Now even games against Manchester City or Paris Saint-Germain are possible in the round of 16. Because Tottenham Hotspur scored the 2-1 winner at Olympique Marseille in the last minute, Eintracht is second in Season D, otherwise it would have even been the group win. The fans didn't care, they kept singing about "Europe's best team". Trapp said: "We jumped from three or four to two. We've achieved something big. That's fantastic."

Arthur Gomes (39th) had given the Portuguese the lead in front of 41,744 spectators in the first half, but that wasn't enough. It went back and forth in a crazy constellation: if Eintracht was last at half-time and out, after the end of the game it was enough for the longed-for progress, which brought the Hessians at least two more evenings in the Champions League.

At the end of a memorable European year in 2022, Frankfurt were poised to wrap things up in Portugal's capital. An hour before kick-off, the fans who had traveled with them were roaring loudly about the hoped-for "away win", which would bring them a secure ticket to the round of 16 in the premier class. Eintracht could have gotten rid of significantly more than the 2500 cards, but the hosts apparently prevented that. "It's a shame. I think it's exaggerated. It's about 5000 to 6000 tickets. That shows how much respect they have for us," said sports director Markus Krösche at DAZN.

Intense and heated

It was intense and heated on the pitch right from the start. Referee Slavko Vincic, who also whistled at Frankfurt's Europa League triumph in Seville in May, quickly handed out two yellow cards to the guests from Hesse, who, given the constellation, started boldly, but initially dosed their risk. Eintracht had the greatest chance of the first half hour when Paulinho extended a corner from Mario Götze in such a way that goalkeeper Antonio Adan had to save. Previously (8th) Kevin Trapp had defused a volley from Sporting striker Marcus Edwards.

At first there was little to see of Frankfurt's notorious offensive force around Götze and the turbo attackers Randal Kolo Muani and Jesper Lindström. As in the 3-0 win in the first leg in September, Sporting knew how to hit Eintracht's attacking line with determination and toughness.

There was hardly a goal chance from the game until the break. Coach Glasner emphasized before the game: "We always play to win. I think you saw that in many appearances." Sporting was hardly better offensively for a long time and hastily missed promising scenes in the last third. Then a slightly extended cross from Manuel Ugarte found the free-standing Gomes, who shot in the middle. Trapp was still on it, but could no longer fend off the shot from close range.

Glasner exchanges staff

After the break, Glasner brought on his captain Sebastian Rode for Lindström, which came as a surprise given the deficit and the starting position. Eintracht kept up well, but failed to significantly increase the risk accordingly. Sebastián Coates' handball penalty came out of nowhere. The Sporting fans tried to irritate Kamada with green laser pointers, but the Japanese effortlessly equalized from the point.

Frankfurt then increasingly took control and increased the pressure. Rode directed the game, Götze set dangerous standards in front of the goal and Glasner switched more and more offensively from the bench. Then the extremely energetic Kolo Muani broke through on the right and shot powerfully into the far corner. Frankfurt's joy now knew no bounds.