In a game that could have easily gone either way, Eintracht Frankfurt advanced to the next stage of the Europa league after their 4-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk on Thursday.
Luka Jovic opened the scoring with a goal in the 23rd minute. In a play that began with Sébastien Haller lofting a perfectly placed through ball and culminated with a well-timed low cross from Danny da Costa, Jovic was in the right place at the right time to find the net. He broke off his hard run to set up perfectly in a massive hole right in front of the goal and then beat the keeper in the top right corner.
Only moments later, a handball by Mykola Matviyenko inside the penalty box led to a penalty chance for Haller. He subsequently buried it into the the bottom left corner and took the score to 2-0. Haller caught the keeper leaning to his left and went the other way.
Donetsk were shut down for most of the first half but began to break through just before the interval with a nice attempt from Bohdan Butko that found its way into Kevin Trapp’s lap.
After the break
Shakhtar came out strong in the second half, pushing players forward and looking to increase the pace of the game. Striker Junior Moraes brought Donetsk back to 2-1 with a 63rd-minute goal. In a terrific display of passing, Taison caught da Costa pushing up and placed a ball past him and just over a leaping David Abraham to a racing Ismaily. The latter crossed to Moraes, who had set up right in front of Trapp. Frankfurt’s keeper got a good contact on the shot, but the ball sneaked just underneath him and over the line.
Shakhtar seemed to have new energy after the goal, hitting the post twice, but Haller sealed the game and completed his brace in the 80th minute. Ante Rebic added to Frankfurt’s tally eight minutes later as Eintracht took advantage of Donetsk’s aggression to score two scorching goals on the counter attack.
Frankfurt move on to face Inter Milan 3/7/2019 at the Commerzbank Arena.
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