The German “Eintracht Frankfurt” and London “Chelsea” could not determine the strongest in the first match of the semifinal confrontation. The team dispersed productive world.
Eintracht Frankfurt – Chelsea 1:1
Goals: Jovic, 23 – Pedro, 45
Both teams are offenders of the Ukrainian teams in the Europa League. “Eintracht” in the 1/16 finals knocked out Shakhtar and Chelsea in the 1/8 finals of the destroyed Dynamo. The London club is the main favorite of the tournament, when the chances of the Germans to the overall success of the slightest.
The first semifinal match, Chelsea came up with human losses. Because of the injury to the end of the season left defender Antonio rüdiger and midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi. In addition, the coach of “aristocrats” was surprised by the main part which did not get Eden hazard, Marcos Alonso and Gonzalo Higuain. Personnel losses were also German club. From-for search of yellow cards the game was missing striker Ante Rebić, and because of the injury absent Haller.
The match the teams started cautiously, and about ten minutes the eagles took the initiative. The German club for a long time to escalate the situation to the guests at the gate and succeeded on the 23rd minute. The owners made an important interception in midfield, which kostić broke down the left flank and is hung on Jovic. The Serb sat down, accurate shot into the corner brought “Eintracht” forward.
The first half-chance at Chelsea emerged at the 27th minute. Pedro decided to strike from afar, and the ball went near the goalpost Trapp. In the second half, Chelsea completely took over the initiative from the “eagles” and started to create very dangerous chances. In particular, 42 minutes Loftus-cheek beat the defenders of Eintracht, and shifted to the center, powerfully struck and the ball again flew near the rack. But before completing half of the “blue” equalized. Pedro took advantage of the confusion in the penalty, the eagles and scored a goal in a locker room – 1:0.
Eintracht Frankfurt – Chelsea – video of the best moments of the first half
The second half started more keenly guests. In particular, in the 54th minute the indefatigable Loftus-cheek burst into the possession of Trapp, but struck just over the crossbar. Three minutes later from outside the penalty area low shot broke through Willian, but straight into the hands of Trapp. And on 59 minutes David Luiz played far free kick and hit the crossbar. It became increasingly obvious that Chelsea plays the first number, and the owners decided to look for happiness in counterattacks.
Chelsea continued to put pressure on the Germans, who were locked in their penalty area. 74 Loftus-cheek struck from afar. Trapp once again rescued partners, having beaten off the ball, which is picked up by hazard and fired wide. After a few minutes, Louise had closed the pass with a header, but here’s Kevin Trapp was on top. Your single moment of “Eintracht” was in the 81st minute. Da Costa elegantly beat defenders “Chelsea” and “cut out” on Paciencia, but the Portuguese missed the target.
Another point the eagles had 85 minutes. Players “Chelsea” unsuccessfully played the ball near his own penalty area that ended with an interception. The Germans miraculously punished the visitors with a goal. The rest of the game, the team never created threats at the gate and the game ended in a draw. Playing again in exactly one week will take place in London. The match starts at 22:00.
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