Eintracht Frankfurt travelled to the SGL Arena to take on high-flying FC Augsburg in the final clash of Matchday 20 in the Bundesliga. The reverse fixture this campaign saw Die Fuggerstädter pick up their first win of the campaign; Raúl Bobadilla with the solitary goal at the Commerzbank Arena.
Incidentally it was also Markus Weinzierl's side first victory since the final Matchday of the last campaign, also against Die Adler. A victory for either side looked definite as the hosts, FC Augsburg have yet to draw a game all season.
The hosts have been in fine form after the Winter break, winning both of their games so far; including an historic victory against Borussia Dortmund in midweek. Following on from that win against Jürgen Klopp's side, Markus Weinzierl made only a solitary change to his sides starting line-up and one that he was forced into making; the suspended Christoph Janker making way for Dominik Kohr.
For the visitors and manager Thomas Schaaf the beginning of the Rückunde hasn't been as good, with only a single point earned from their two games; which included a 4-1 hammering by struggling SC Freiburg. Schaaf also made one change, with Marc Stendera making way for Anderson Bamba.
It was a scrappy start to the game, but we wouldn't have to wait long before the deadlock was broken. The ball was whipped in from wide by Tobias Werner, the German's cross was however cut out by Carlos Zambrano but only as far as Halil Altintop, who's original effort was blocked but Ragnar Klavan followed in and beat Kevin Trapp in the Eintracht goal. The Estonian has three goals in his Die Fuggerstädter; two of which have come against Die Adler. Eintracht nearly hit back instantly, but Marco Russ' effort narrowly beat Alex Manninger's near post and the hosts remained in the lead.
On a rather sour note, in the 17th minute FC Augsburg captain Paul Verhaegh was forced off with a suspected calf injury. The hosts were penetrating the away side at every given opportunity and if it wasn't for some great goalkeeping from Kevin Trapp the game would've already been out of Thomas Schaaf's side's sight; the German 'keeper saving well from Tobias Werner on two occasions.
However it wouldn't matter as in the 37th minute Die Fuggerstädter would double their lead, once again through a set piece; proving why Eintracht Frankfurt have the second worst defensive record in the league. Loanee, Pierre Højbjerg whipped in the ball into the near post where Klavan flicked on the ball. In came man of the moment, Raúl Bobadilla, at the back post to score his fourth goal in four games, despite the best efforts of Marco Russ.
However, on the stroke of halftime Eintracht would be cast a lifeline through another set piece. Alex Meier won the first ball, which was brilliantly saved by Manninger. However the Austrian veteran pushed the ball onto Dominik Kohr rebounding into the path of Stefan Aigner who made no mistakes and halved the deficit.
The late first half goal seemed to rejuvenate the visitors and it would take only two minutes for Eintracht to go close in the second half. Halftime substitute Sonny Kittel crossed which Russ met, but his effort drifted wide of the far post.
The game became rather abject until the 70th minute, when out of nowhere the visitors equalised through Bundesliga top-scorer Alex Meier. A poor touch from Halil Altintop gave Carlos Zambrano an opportunity to clear. The Peruvian's clearance found Meier clean through on goal, and the veteran made no mistakes slotting past an on-rushing Manninger; adding another to his 13 so far this campaign.
From then on in, it became a real old fashioned end to end affair with both sides going for the win. Markus Weinzierl called upon Nikola Đurđić and Caiuby whilst Thomas Schaaf hoped his goal laden attack could complete the come-back.
However, neither side could get that all important goal; leaving Die Fuggerstädter with their first draw of the season. The result see's the hosts rise up into 4th place, whilst Eintracht are in 9th. Next up for Markus Weinzierl and FC Augsburg is a trip to the Weserstadion; Eintracht have a home game against Schalke at the Commerzbank Arena.