Eintracht Frankfurt – Shakhtar Donetsk
Eintracht Frankfurt hosts Shakhtar Donetsk in a second leg from the 1/16-finals of Europa League. Stay with us, because we are about to take a look at this fixture very carefully.
The German side have an advantage here after the 2-2 draw in the first leg in Kharkiv. Twice Eintracht had a lead in the result, thanks to goals from Martin Hinteregger and Filip Kostic. But twice Shakhtar managed to equalise with goals from Marlos and Taison. This result is promising a very interesting second leg in Frankfurt.
Eintracht were just brilliant in the group stage of the competition. Many pundits think that Eintracht are a dark horse for winning the Europa League this season. They have a talented squad, winning the DFB Pokal last season. Any team which underrestimates them is going to suffer.
In the Bundesliga Eintracht are currently 7th in the standings, but just 2 points behind the 5th Bayer Leverkusen. The goal in front of Eintracht is pretty clear – another qualification for the European competitions. Right now Eintracht are in a run of four consecutive draws in the Bundesliga, so they must up their game in order to achieve their goal.
As for Shakhtar, in the Ukrainian Premier League they do not have any problems to dominate. Right now Shakhtar are leaders in the league with 7 points advantage in front of Dynamo Kyiv. In their last game the champions enjoyed a 3-0 win during the visit to Mariupol. For Shakhtar winning the Ukrainian league is not a challenge anymore. That’s why they want to perform well in Europe.
These are our thoughts about the Europa League 1/16-final game between Eintracht Frankfurt and Shakhtar Donetsk. We believe that these two teams can offer us some great spectacle. Let’s watch and good luck!