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.
Seconds later, Eintracht was lucky again when former Frankfurt player Dominik Kohr narrowly missed the right post from 20 yards out. In the 40th minute it was Burkardt who Kevin Trap was able to overcome: The national goalkeeper fended off the first Burkardt shot with brilliant saves, as well as a follow-up shot by Karim Onisiwo, and Trapp had no chance the next time Burkardt tried.
Eintracht could not build on the brilliant performance against 1899 Hoffenheim (4: 2), in which the Hessians had inspired with an offensive fireworks. After 24 competitive games, Eintracht lacked the energy for another extraordinary game, which had previously scored 26 points in 14 league games.
The guests only had chances before the break through Randal Kolo Muani (11′), who, standing completely free, bounced the ball wide of the foot after a pass from Daichi Kamada. Another possibility is Jesper Lindström (29′), who wins the ball himself, runs towards the Mainz goal and is stopped shortly before the end.
Only after the restart did the Frankfurters mobilize all their strength again after seven wins in the last eight games to add another win. And once again it was Kolo Muani who could strike. After a pass from Djibril Sow, it was World Championship driver Mario Götze who played a brilliant chip into Kolo Muani’s run. The Frenchman put the ball into the net from a tight angle – it was his fifth goal.