"Great first half, certainly not a step backwards": Trapp is still annoyed

Eintracht Frankfurt has missed the great opportunity to qualify directly for the round of 16 of the Europa League with a victory over Royal Antwerp. Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp saw light and shadow, coach Oliver Glasner praised the morale again.

Kevin Trapp and Frankfurt were lucky that the goal from Antwerpens de Laet (pictured) was withdrawn by the VAR.

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The SGE has been the last-minute unity for weeks. The Hessians have been unbeaten across all competitions for five games, in four of these games the Frankfurt team met in stoppage time. Against Leipzig (1: 1), Piraeus (2: 1), Fürth (2: 1) and now also against Antwerp (2: 2), the goals in stoppage time had a big impact.

Because they are an important reason why the SGE’s shape curve has been pointing upwards for several weeks. To be fair, it has to be mentioned that Frankfurt played a decent first half against the Belgians – Trapp even saw a “great first half with very nice football” – but missed a lot in the second half.

“It would have been more”

So in the end it had to do the “great morals” again, o-ton Glasner on “RTL”. Trapp saw it that way too, but was also a little annoyed: “It would have been more possible if we had gone through 90 minutes. That way we can talk about our morale again.”

“Certainly not a step backwards” was the game, after all, the second in the Belgian league was a guest, although he had only collected one point in the Europa League. Due to the draw and the late winning goal by Olympiacos in the parallel game, Eintracht is not yet through, only the group leader is directly qualified for the round of 16, the second has to go to the play-offs against a “Champions League relegated”.

Paciencia makes an impressive return

But Glasner also draws something positive from this: “It’s not yet firmly in first place, but at least a draw will be enough for us now. So it was still a very important goal,” said the coach, to whom one protégé impressively demonstrated how important he is In the coming weeks: Goncalo Paciencia was missing Eintracht for about a month due to injury, the Portuguese only needed four minutes for the acclaimed equalizer.

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