Red-hot Randal Kolo Muani keeps Eintracht Frankfurt in top-four. Eintracht Frankfurt enhanced their top-four push and gained confidence ahead of Napoli’s visit to the UEFA Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Werder Bremen at Deutsche Bank Park, with Forward Kolo Muani continuing his remarkable start to 2023. With Freiburg and Leipzig both winning earlier on Saturday, Frankfurt’s chances of jumping back on the top-four train were nearly nonexistent, and they were determined to seize the opportunity early on when Jesper Lindstrom created the first opening.
Red-hot Randal Kolo Muani keeps Eintracht Frankfurt in top-four
Soon later, the Deutsche Bank Park exploded when Marco Friedl turned Kristijan Jakic’s cross into his own goal. Within 12 minutes, Daichi Kamada might have and arguably should have made it 2-0, but he missed the goal with just Jiri Pavlenka to beat. The hosts may have put in a bit too much effort in the first quarter of an hour since their next big opportunity did not come until first-half stoppage time when Lindstrom missed the target, but they appeared comfortable with their one-goal lead at halftime.
When Kolo Muani’s header was parried by Pavlenka, the French forward was perfectly positioned to poke in Ansgar Knauff’s rebound from Ansgar Knauff’s cross as the second half resumed. Bremen’s first shot of the game did not come until midway through the second half when Anthony Jung’s attempt was blocked, but that in itself told a great deal about how lopsided the game was and how tiny the northern German club’s comeback chances were.
Kolo Muani received a standing ovation as he was substituted, with coach Oliver Glasner’s attention already turning to next week’s Champions League quarterfinal against Napoli. The Eagles played down the clock confidently to claim three points and move within two points of the top four, with Niclas Füllkrug left frustrated as a late consolation was ruled offside.