Samstag, 19.10.2013

FCN battle back to earn point

1. FC Nürnberg put in a committed performance to claim a 1-1 draw in Frankfurt thanks to Josip Drmic’s goal.

FCN returned to Nuremberg with a point thanks to Josip Drmic’s late goal in Frankfurt. An intensive match ended 1-1 in the Commerzbank-Arena on Saturday afternoon. Vaclav Kadlec put Eintracht in front after 50 minutes, but Josip Drmic produced a composed finish four minutes from time to ensure Roger Prinzen’s spell as interim manager didn’t begin with a defeat.

Highlights

5th minute:
CHANCE! A long ball into the area finds Stefan Aigner. The Frankfurt winger was a pop from 12 yards but Schäfer is in the way.

31st minute:
CHANCE! Tranquillo Barnetta hits a free kick from 30 yards that Schäfer does well to parry.

38th minute:
CHANCE! Kiyotake has a go with a free kick from slightly closer in but it’s much easier for Kevin Trapp.

50th minute:
GOAL for Frankfurt! 1-0: Alex Meier sets up Vaclav Kadlec who gives Schäfer no chance with a finish from inside the box.

60th minute:
CHANCE! Niklas Stark lines one up from over 20 yards out and is denied by the cross bar.

86th minute:
GOAL for Nürnberg! 1-1: A classy pass from Robert Mak finds Josip Drmic onside and the Swiss attacker rounds Trapp before finishing from a tight angle.

Conclusion

FCN played with two solid lines of four and allowed little space for the opposition. Eintracht had a lively start with a lot of possession but didn’t create too many chances. The commitment was there to see from Nürnberg but there wasn’t much too see from them in the attacking department in the first half.

Frankfurt took a quick lead after the break. From then onwards, Der Club were much more consistent with their attack play, with Eintracht looking to counter. FCN were unlucky to see Stark’s shot come back off the bar but were rewarded with Drmic’s late equaliser.

Personnel and tactics

Javier Pinola returned to the starting line-up, which saw Marvin Plattenhardt play a more advanced role on the left-hand side. Manager Roger Prinzen sent out his side with two lines of four, meaning Kiyotake played off the lone striker Tomas Pekhart.

Daniel Ginczek, Timo Gebhart, Markus Feulner and Mike Frantz were all missing through injury. Robert Mak came on for Plattenhardt after an hour and played on the right wing, with Adam Hlousek moving over to the left. Josip Drmic took Kiyotake’s place 20 minutes before full time. Antonio Colak made his Bundesliga debut after being subbed on in the 78th minute, taking over from Tomas Pekhart up front.

Reaction

Roger Prinzen: "In the first half, we wanted to be organised and compact against the ball. I thought we did that well. In the second half, we wanted to attack more and play more of our game. Again, that is something we did better and better as the game went on. If you look at both halves of the game, we can be proud of the point."

Josip Drmic: "
We worked well as a team. We have to keep looking forward. Frankfurt had more chances than us, but we got back into the game and could even have won it. An away point is fine."

Other

Sebastian Gärtner was in the squad for the first time this season, while Antonio Colak came on for his Bundesliga debut. The 19-year-old has been playing with the U23s in the Bavarian regional division so far this campaign.