Frankfurt edge Flora Tallinn 2-1 to reach Europa League's third qualifying round

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-02 05:38:38|Editor: yan
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BERLIN, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Goncalo Paciencia's brace helped Eintracht Frankfurt to reach the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round after beating FC Flora Tallinn 2-1 (4-2 on aggregate) on Thursday.

The "Eagles" assumed control from the start on home soil whereas the visitors from Estonia needed some time to gain a foothold into the game.

Hence, last year's Europa League finalist came to their first chance with 15 minutes played when Paciencia tested Flora's goalkeeper Matvei Igonen by header from inside the box.

Frankfurt's new arrival Dejan Joveljic almost scored his debut goal but his effort missed the far post with 25 minutes played.

The hosts remained on the front foot and kept the Flora's defence busy as Paciencia headed over the bar.

Paciencia remained in the thick of things and his efforts got rewarded in the 36th minute when the striker nodded home a cross from Danny da Costa to break the deadlock.

However, Flora Tallinn bounced back and shocked the hosts moments later out of the blue after Konstantin Vassiljev's through ball met Vlasiy Sinyavskiy, who curled the ball into the far corner to restore parity with 40 minutes played.

The visitors gained momentum and had a promising chance to grab the lead but Konstantin Vassiljev was unable to overcome Frankfurt goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald from sharp angle just before the break.

After the restart, Frankfurt took over control and pressed Flora into defence but still Joveljic and Paciencia were unable to score the lead in the early stages of the second half.

However, Paciencia got the golden chance to secure the lead moments later as Henri Jarvelaid's handball inside the box allowed the striker to slot home the awarded penalty into the bottom right in the 54th minute.

The second goal took the wind out of Flora Tallinn's sails meanwhile Frankfurt lacked in accuracy to extend their lead.

With the result, Frankfurt booked their berth for the third qualifying round where they clash with FC Vaduz next Thursday.

"At the end of the day it is important that we progressed into the next round. It wasn't easy for us as we are in the middle of our preparation. The goal against us spoiled the victory a little bit," Eintracht Frankfurt's head coach Adi Hutter said.