Eintracht Frankfurt has a good chance of reaching the knockout phase of the Europa League with a 2-1 (1-0) victory at Arsenal. Although Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang gave Arsenal the lead in the first half (45. + 1 minute), Daichi Kamada scored twice with 16-yard shots and won the Frankfurt victory (55./64.).
Arsenal missed the early qualification for the next round. The Londoners are at the top of Group F with ten points, followed by Frankfurt (9 points). Eintracht are two points clear of pursuer Liège, who beat Vitoria Guimarães 1-1. With a win against Vitoria on the final day of the group stage, Frankfurt would be in the next round. In case of a tie, Liège's result against Arsenal and possibly the goal difference would be decisive.
Fans of Eintracht Frankfurt were not allowed to enter the stadium of Arsenal on Thursday. After the riots in the game at Guimarães Uefa had the SGE with a fan exclusion in the away games in Liège and London punished. Nonetheless, hundreds of fans traveled with their team to the English capital. Videos on Twitter showed how Frankfurt fans received the team bus in front of the stadium with songs and pyrotechnics.
In the stadium, meanwhile, many seats in the grandstand remained free, a curve of the home area was apparently even orphaned. That it was so empty in the stadium, was mainly because the home fans stayed away. The reason could be the sporting crisis of Arsenal. The Londoners have not won any of their last five Premier League matches and lost to the Champions League.
The first good opportunity broke Arsenal itself. After a cross from Bukayo Saka both Aubameyang and Joe Willock headed in the penalty area and handicapped each other (13). Frederik Rönnow, who returned to the goal of Eintracht for Felix Wiedwald, did not have to intervene. It looked different shortly afterwards. After an unsuccessful attempt by Danny da Costa Kieran Tierney shot free-kick from an acute angle, but Rönnow parried (15.). After the subsequent corner Gelson Fernandes had to clear a header from Gabriel Martinelli on the goal line (16).
Arsenal remained the more dangerous team, Rönnow Frankfurt's best player. In injury time of the first half Arsenal's pressure was too big. Saka flipped the ball from the right wing into the area where Aubameyang waited. The striker closed off ten meters, Rönnow still came to the ball, but steered him to the bottom of the bar, from where the ball jumped into the goal (45. + 1).
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Empty curve in the stadium of Arsenal
After the break Arsenal came directly to a dangerous chance to the preliminary decision, but Rönnow parried a shot by Willock (48). Frankfurt survived the urge phase of the hosts – and promptly countered with his first shot on goal.
Daichi Kamada hit the ball from 16 meters down the left (55 '). Frankfurt became stronger and even took the lead. After a corner came Kamada again at the sixteen-meter line to the ball and hit with a low shot to 2: 1 (64). There were even some Eintracht fans with battle cries noticeable, who had made it on any way to the stadium.
FC Arsenal – Eintracht Frankfurt 1: 2 (1: 0) 1: 0 Aubameyang (45. + 1) 1: 1 Kamada (55.) 2: 1 Kamada (64.) Arsenal: Martínez – Chambers, Mustafi (76th Torreia ), Sokratis, Tierney – David Luiz (31st Guendouzi), Xhaka, Gabriel Martinelli (60th Ozil), Willock, Saka – AubameyangFrankfurt: Ronnow – Abraham, Hasebe, Hinteregger – da Costa, Sow, Fernandes (46th Kohr), Kostic – Kamada – Paciencia, Silva (46. Gacinovic) Referee: Ruddy Buquet (France) Yellow cards: Martinelli, Mustafi, Xhaka, Guendouzi / Kostic, Abraham, Paciência