Europa League: Eintracht Frankfurt draws against Benfica in the semifinals


Eintracht Frankfurt has reached a European Cup semi-final for the first time in 39 years. In the Europa League, the Frankfurt won the quarter-final second leg against Benfica Lisbon 2: 0 (1: 0) and moved in because of more away goals in the first leg in the next round. Frankfurt lost 2-4 in Lisbon last week.

The Eintracht were particularly lucky at the first goal: Filip Kostic scored the lead from the offside (36.), Sebastian Rode made the decisive goal (67.). In the semi-final, Frankfurt face Premier League club Chelsea. The first leg will take place on 2 May in Frankfurt (21 clock, TV: RTL, live ticker SPIEGEL ONLINE).

As in the previous Europa League matches, the Frankfurt crowd impressed with a great choreography before the match kicked off. "The harmony of the Main", "in the heart of Europe" was from the grandstands. The players of both teams ran up with Mourning Ribbon. The day before, 29 German tourists had died in a bus accident on the Portuguese island of Madeira.

The choreography of the Frankfurt audience before the game.

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The choreography of the Frankfurt audience before the game.

In the first half Frankfurt tried a lot in the direction of the Lisbon goal. Either the Eintracht but failed because of the compact defensive score or Benfica's German goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos, who defended a degree of Filip Kostic (10).

Wrong decision in the opening goal

To defeat Vlachodimos, it took the referee's help: Mijat Gacinovic put a shot from 18 yards on the left post, Kostic dusted off the lead. Although Kostic had previously been clearly offside, referee Daniele Orsato scored the goal.

By contrast, Benfica needed well into the second half to become more dangerous on offense. After a remarkable double pass, the Portuguese super talent João Félix moved into the penalty area on the left, his cross-ball through fouling Eintrachts center-back Simon Falette almost into the goal (47.).

Rode caught a braced ball from strong Ante Rebic at the feet of Benfica. With the inside he put the ball in the right corner. Again Vlachodimos was beaten.

In the final stages, the aluminum saved the Frankfurt progress, as Eduardo Salvio shot the ball from an acute angle to the outer post. In the end, the two-goal lead – and Frankfurt catching up ended in the semi-final.

Eintracht Frankfurt – Benfica Lisbon 2: 0 (1: 0)

1: 0 Kostic (36.)
2: 0 Rode (67.)
Frankfurt: Trapp – Abraham, Hasebe, Falette (90 '+ 2 Willems) – da Costa, Fernandes, Rode (86th Torro), Kostic – Gacinovic – Jovic (76th Pacencia), Rebic
Lisbon: Odisseas Vlachodimos – Andre Almeida (79th Jonas), Ruben Dias, Jardel, Grimaldo – Gedson Fernandes, Samaris (70th Pizzi), Fejsa, Rafa Silva (72nd Salvio) – Félix, Seferovic
Spectator: 48,000 (sold out)
Referee: Daniele Orsato
Yellow cards: Abraham, Falette, Rebic – Félix


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