Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 against Mainz 05

Eintracht Frankfurt ended a great football year with a draw. Coach’s team Oliver Glasner drew 1-1 (0-1) at 1. FSV Mainz 05 in the prestigious Rhein-Main derby on Sunday. The Europa League winner can still go into the World Cup break contentedly, having managed to spend the winter as a round of 16 in the Champions League and in the DFB Cup.

For Mainz, on the other hand, the last competitive game of the year ended on a happy note in front of 33,305 spectators after three Bundesliga defeats in a row. Jonathan Burkardt (40th minute) gave the hosts the lead, Ranal Kolo Muani (66th) scored the equaliser.

After a largely bloodless 0-1 performance at bottom FC Schalke 04 four days later, Mainz were snappy and combative from the start. 05 coach Bo Svensson had drawn the consequences of the three defeats in a row and changed the starting eleven to four positions. On the offensive, he preferred Burkardt to Marcus Ingvartsen, who actually wanted to recommend himself for one of the last places in the Danish World Cup squad.

Burkardt turned out to be a stroke of luck. The Germany junior international was already in danger in the ninth minute when he got the shot after a skilful pass from Leandro Barreiro, but the ball was deflected and flew wide of the goal.

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