Eintracht Frankfurt – SL Benfica: Intense Frankfurt Beat Benfica And Advance On Away Goals (2-0)
Frankfurt were able to dominate the first half of the game, chasing a 4-2 aggregate deficit. In the second half, Benfica came out stronger, and found more success against Frankfurt’s pressing, which had pinned them back in the first half. Nevertheless, Frankfurt’s direct attack helped them to a second goal, and they were able to see the game out to go through on away goals.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Frankfurt made two changes from the 4-2 loss they suffered in the first leg. Martin Hinteregger dropped out of the lineup, and was replaced by Mijat Gaćinović. This change meant that Makoto Hasebe would play center-back, and Gelson Fernandes would drop into a holding midfield role, with Gaćinović and Sebastian Rode either side of him. The other change was at left center-back, in Frankfurt’s 3-5-2 formation, where Evan N’Dicka was replaced by Simon Falette.
Benfica themselves also made two changes within their 4-2-3-1 shape from the first leg. Firstly, right-back Sébastien Corchia was replaced by André Almeida. Secondly, Franco Cervi dropped out in favour of striker Haris Seferović, meaning that João Félix moved to the left side of midfield after playing a central role last week.
Frankfurt dominate first half
The majority of the first half was played in Benfica’s half of the pitch, as Frankfurt looked to stage a comeback after their first leg defeat. The formations of the two sides though were conducive to loose man-marking approaches at the very least.
The way Frankfurt . . .