Dortmund denied by fearless Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt

Borussia Dortmund let slip a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Eintracht Frankfurt at the Commerzbank-Arena on Saturday.

Eintracht Frankfurt 2 Borussia Dortmund 2
Sahin scores on 18′
Philipp adds a second on 57′
Haller nets 64′ penalty
Wolf levels on 68′

Match summary

Nuri Sahin got Dortmund underway with his early goal before Maximilian Philipp put the Bundesliga leaders further ahead with 57 minutes played.

But after Sebastien Haller got Frankfurt back in the tie with a 64th minute penalty, Marius Wolf ensured a share of the spoils when he levelled with 68 minutes on the clock.

Full report

Following two games without a win, Dortmund started this match with purpose as Philipp let fly with two early efforts, the second of which was deflected just wide of the Frankfurt goal.

Roman Burki then had to be quick off his line at the other end to clear a long ball, with Jetro Willems closing him down, on 14 minutes.

Moments later, the hosts had a goal disallowed for offside after Ante Rebic had picked up a good ball forward before cutting inside and firing into the back of Burki’s net.

Frankfurt’s woes were soon compounded though when Nuri Sahin netted for Dortmund, with just 18 minutes on the clock. Marc Bartra smashed a delivery across the face of the host’s penalty area, leaving a well-placed Sahin to stroke home.

Neven Subotic did well to clear under pressure from Timothy Chandler as he picked up a Willems cross, with Frankfurt looking for a response.

And with half an hour played, Sebastien Haller thought he was through on goal, only for Subotic to make an excellent covering tackle.

Rebic then should have done better with the half winding down but his control let him down, before David Abraham denied Mario Gotze with an important block ahead of wayward shot from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, as Frankfurt went into the break still very much in the tie.

Philipp came to close to connecting to a good cross at the start of the second half before Rebic had another good shot blocked en route to goal by Subotic.

Lukas Hradecky held onto a good Philipp shot on 49 minutes before Kevin-Prince Boateng fired wide. Aubameyang then inexplicably fired off target when it would have been easier to score, from close range.

Aubameyang was thwarted by Hradecky from a better effort moments last before Rebic again failed to make the most of his time and space on the ball to fire waywardly with 55 minutes in the clock.

There were always going to more goals in this game, and it was Philipp who finally made a chance count, on 57 minutes, as he picked up a Gotze ball before driving forward and picking his spot.

Philipp was offside on the hour mark as Aubameyang netted before Frankfurt were handed a lifeline. Haller buried a 64th minute penalty after Burki upended Rebic in the box.

Shocked by conceding, Dortmund were immediately up at the other end with Christian Pulisic forcing and excellent save from Hradecky before Frankfurt incredibly pulled themselves level, through Marius Wolf, with 68 minutes on the clock.

Rebic and then Haller may both have won it for Frankfurt but the former failed to get his head to a curling delivery on 70 minutes before Haller was denied at point-black range by Burki.

Hasebe cleared Sahin’s 90th minute effort off his goalline after Hradecky did well to block a shot from teenage substitute Jadon Sancho, just on for Philipp.

And despite Pulisic coming agonisingly close with a late, late drive, it ended all square in Frankfurt as Dortmund made it three successive game without a win.