Adi Hütter opted for an unchanged starting line-up to the one that secured a 3:1 win over TSG Hoffenheim on Sunday.
Markus Gisdol made two changes to the side that started the derby against Gladbach last weekend. Marius Wolf and Jannes Horn came into the line-up as Ismail Jakobs missed out through injury as Kingsley Ehizibue dropped to the bench.
The opening 10 minutes in Frankfurt were even and well-contested by both sides. Timo Horn was the first goalkeeper called into action, as he easily gathered Erik Durm’s effort. The hosts continued to apply pressure on the FC goal, as Horn had to turn away a close-range header from Daichi Kamada. Markus Gisdol’s side were finding it tough to find a way out, as Frankfurt looked dangerous.
Horn had to make another fine save to deny Kamada once more, tipping over a strong effort from the Japanese international from 20 yards. FC’s first effort on goal came through Elvis Rexhbecaj, though Kevin Trapp dealt with it easily to his right-hand side. Frankfurt would go close just before the half-time break, as André Silva’s header went narrowly over the crossbar.
The second-half began with an FC substitution, as Ondrej Duda went off injured and Jan Thielmann came on in his place. FC almost started with a bang, though. Emmanuel Dennis shot wide after Salih Özcan’s header. Frankfurt then ramped things up again. Silva headed straight at Horn before having a goal disallowed. Then, after Kamada’s clever flick, he looped the ball in to give the hosts the lead.
FC started to come forward more after going behind. Emmanuel Dennis curled one just wide of the upright from the edge of the box before Rafael Czichos fired off target with his weaker right foot. Frankfurt secured the three points thanks to Evan Ndicka’s flicked header from a Filip Kostic corner. FC are next in action on Saturday afternoon against VfB Stuttgart at the RheinEnergieSTADION.
Eintracht Frankfurt (3-4-2-1): Trapp – Tuta, Hinteregger, Ndicka – Durm (Touré 71‘), Hasebe, Sow (Rode 71‘), Kostic – Kamada (Zuber 82‘), Younes (Jovic 71‘) – Silva (Hrustic 90‘).
1. FC Köln (3-5-2): T. Horn – Cestic, Meré, Czichos – Wolf (Limnios 82‘), Özcan (Drexler 72‘), Skhiri, Rexhbecaj, J. Horn (Katterbach 84‘) – Dennis (Arokodare 72‘), Duda (Thielmann 46‘).
Goals: 1:0, Silva 57‘. 2:0, Ndicka 79‘.
Referee: Frank Willenborg (Osnabrück).
Booked: Sow (32‘), Touré (75‘), Kostic (86‘), Meré (90+1‘).
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