Frankfurt down Vaduz 1-0 to progress into Europa League play offs

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-16 05:52:53|Editor: yan
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BERLIN, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Jonathan de Guzman's sole goal helped Eintracht Frankfurt to beat Vaduz 1-0 (6-0 on aggregate) in the second leg of UEFA Europa League's third qualification round on Thursday.

Despite starting with a heavily rotated starting line-up into the clash, Frankfurt needed only three minutes to reap their first chance of the game but Timothy Chandler was unable to score the opener from close rang at the far post.

As the match progressed, the underdogs from Lichtenstein gained a foothold into the game and almost flabbergasted the hosts' as Pius Dorn's shot on target forced Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp into action with 23 minutes played.

Vaduz grew in confidence and got another chance when Boris Prokopic's curl landed on the roof of the goal seven minutes later.

Frankfurt responded clinically and broke the deadlock moments later after Jonathan de Guzman hammered home a rebound from the edge of the box into the top-left corner.

The hosts remained aggressive but failed to make the most of their opportunities before the break. Almamy Toure rattled the bar with an overhead kick in the 40th minute before Vaduz goalkeeper Benjamin Buchel denied Mijat Gacinovic from very close range five minutes later.

Frankfurt remained on the front foot after the restart but Vaduz' well-positioned defence and goalkeeper Buchel stood firm. Substitute Goncalo Paciencia worked out the only promising chance of the second half but was on guard once again Buchel to defuse the shot from central position inside the box.

With the result, the "Eagles" will clash with Strasbourg in the Europa League's play off.

"We wanted to win and we did win. I am delighted that we advance into the next round. However, I think we have to talk about today's performance," Eintracht Frankfurt's head coach Adi Hutter said.