Fighting for its Bundesliga life, Eintracht Frankfurt responded with an important 2-1 win over Energie Cottbus comes at Waldstadion.
With the typical loud crowd support, Eintracht showed a confident attacking style lead with Alexander Meier driving Friedhelm Funkel’s starting eleven. Finding the right mix with a healed Ümit Korkmaz threatening with eye for the goal and Nikos Liberopoulos returning at striker, die Adler was in control of much of the match. Answering the call, as he has done for fifteen years, Oka Nikolov trotted out to take his place and there was no looking back.
After a close first ten minutes the Lausitz side were gifted a penalty via Timo Rost's inspiring dive following phantom contact with Benjamin Köhler. Bulgaria's Dimitar Rangelov drove the ball just under Nikolov for a 1-0 lead but justice would soon be served. Four minutes later the referee, Peter Gagelmann, decided to level the match as he awarded a hand ball on Dušan Vasiljević via Köhler's cross. Nikos Liberopoulos pounded the ball in to square the match at one. Eintracht looked to be close on breaking through, particularly through Alexander Meier's work but Cottbus were screwing down advances in the final third. With the opening two goals scored in odd circumstances, the final was no-less unusual as a long set piece stricken curled in by MarkusSteinhöfer made its way through the crowded box and without contact, skipped into the net. It's possible that the former AEK striker Nikos Liberopoulos got the slightest of touches to it but regardless Eintracht had the 2-1 lead. The home side came close to adding to their lead with Liberopoulos and Chris coming close but without Energie able to break through, Eintracht Frankfurt had its important victory.