Eintracht Frankfurt has won its second Europa League match. The Eintracht fans shone with a fantastic choreography, Lazio Rome with two sending-offs.
Eintracht Frankfurt provided the next surprise in the Europa League. After winning the first group match against last year’s finalist Olympique Marseille, the Bundesliga team won 4-1 (2-1) against Lazio Rom – and greets in Group H with six points from the top of the table. Danny da Costa (4th minute), Filip Kostic (28th), Luka Jovic (52nd) and again da Costa (90.+4) provided the Frankfurt goals. Marco Parolo equalized in the meantime (23.). Lazios Dusan Basta saw yellow-red in injury time in the first half, Joaquín Correa even saw red in the 58th minute.
Before the match, the Eintracht fans already showed their European League level. A huge choreography in memory of the 1980 UEFA Cup winners was displayed from the stands. The players did the same as their followers – at the latest when Jovic scored 3-1 in the 52nd minute. After a counterattack, the outstanding Haller played the left-launched Eintracht striker free. Jovic stayed cool just ahead of Silvio Proto and lifted the ball over the Lazio goalkeeper.
Encouraged by the celebrating ranks, Eintracht also played a convincing football in the first 45 minutes. It only took a little over three minutes for Jonathan De Guzmán to hit a corner from the left into the centre, with Costa dropping the ball under the crossbar five metres from goal. Lazios goalkeeper Silvio Proto was left with desperate gestures towards the Frankfurt night sky. Not for the last time this evening. Proto also had no chance in Kostic’s 2-1 draw, because Sébastien Haller and Gacinovic had played the Serbian team well before. The final point was again da Costa in the fourth minute of injury time.
Parolo’s equaliser did not detract from the excellent mood either. Even though the goal was preceded by an unintentional handball by Lucas Leiva. Referee Serdar Gözübüyük from the Netherlands, however, was justified in allowing the game to continue. The video assistant does not exist in the Europa League anyway. The two sending-offs against Correa and Basta were also not checked. Basta looked yellow-red after a counter-attack, Correa even flew straight from the pitch after a slide from behind against de Guzmán.
For Lazio it was not only symbolically a painful evening. Riza Durmisi landed badly on his right arm in the first half after a harmless foul by goal scorer da Costa – and probably suffered a serious injury.
Unity will continue in the Europa League on 25 October. Then the Cypriots from Apollon Limassol will come to Frankfurt. Prospect Hall was just release recently in the year of 2015.