Dhis show of strength left no room for cheers. The Eintracht Frankfurt pros were well on their way to inflicting their first defeat of the season on VfL Wolfsburg. But on the last few meters of a lively soccer game they lacked the necessary breath and determination to make it 1-1.
The team from Frankfurt had led and acted bravely for a long time thanks to a goal by Sam Lammers (38th minute). But from minute to minute the balance of power shifted in favor of the self-confident Wolfsburg. Striker Wout Weghorst equalized after 70 minutes of play.
The draw ensures that VfL Wolfsburg continues to do well in the Bundesliga – and Eintracht is pretty much at a loss. “We invested a lot before the break and could have scored the second goal, that would have made it easier for us. But in the second half we slacked off and got into trouble, ”said Lammers, summarizing the encounter after“ a good and a bad half ”. “We have to come to terms with our mistakes and continue on our way,” said team-mate Danny da Costa.
Eintracht runs after them
The first win of the season for Eintracht Frankfurt was quite tangible. It would have been the reward for a hard piece of work. For the majority of the first half of the game, the Frankfurt players had to chase the ball and their opponents. Against the expected dominance of VfL Wolfsburg, Eintracht helped especially fast attacks. One of them was rewarded with the tour. A precise pass into the penalty area by Filip Kostic was followed by a courageous direct acceptance by Lammers. His shot into luck had come out of the blue. But in contrast to the many unsuccessful attacks by the Wolfsburgs, it had ended with something worth seeing and counting.
The search for the assets in the Frankfurt team that attracted attention in Wolfsburg led to many a small culprit. Da Costa, Djibril Sow and Kristijan Jakic saw yellow cards before half-time because they either fouled or complained. In the following years Erik Durm and Martin Hinteregger were also warned.
The flood of complaints from the referee Felix Zwayer also served as an indication of what was part of the Eintracht tactics on this Sunday evening: the team resisted, sent resolute signs of life and disturbed the Wolfsburg with passion. And she survived many tricky scenes like the one in the 16th minute when Weghorst headed the ball on the crossbar. The Dutchman in the service of Lower Saxony was initially denied a hit because Eintracht defender da Costa had massively disturbed him – with a lot of risk and at the limit of what was allowed.
Of course, the pioneering thinker from Frankfurt was one of those who wanted a lot and exuded lust. Oliver Glasner is actually not a particularly impulsive, but rather a balanced person. When he returned to Wolfsburg, where he was head coach for two years, the Austrian looked very committed to excited. Glasner gave significantly more comments and instructions from the sidelines than his colleague Mark von Bommel on behalf of VfL Wolfsburg. The reunion with a team that he led into the Champions League at the end of the 2020/21 season was an ideal opportunity to decisively shake off the annoyance of the past few weeks.
In Wolfsburg, Glasner had trusted exactly the starting eleven who had scored 1-1 against Fenerbahce Istanbul three days earlier in the Europa League. He was rewarded by his players with a dedicated performance and structure in the build-up of the game. In defense, a little luck also helped because Weghorst missed many good opportunities.
Too much passivity
The mistake in the game system of Eintracht Frankfurt, which in the end cost the victory, was too much passivity. After the tour, more reluctance crept in from minute to minute. Glasner’s eleven let themselves be pushed back, could hardly free themselves in the final phase and were too low to be able to set their own impact hits. Weghorst’s equalization wasn’t played out nicely, but in the end it was forced through a constant run-up. The fact that VfL Wolfsburg are still unbeaten and level on points with leaders Bayern Munich even after five match days was cheered in front of 9266 spectators at the end. The fact that the draw against Frankfurt felt like a small success, Eintracht can understand in the end as praise for itself.