dThe kings of the league draw have struck again. Draw number twelve in game 28: at least in these statistics Eintracht is the leader. After Number zero a week ago against Unión Berlin He was welcomed by 58,000 spectators in the sold-out stadium. Werder Bremen At least two goals were scored at 1-1. They were scored by Milos Veljkovic (62nd) and Tuta (77th), who tied for Eintracht. The result: again nothing happened. Once again Eintracht remains sixth.

Surprise in Frankfurt's starting eleven: Nnamdi Collins made his professional debut. The 20-year-old defender, who signed for Eintracht on August 9 with a contract until the summer of 2028, was part of the team on Friday night under the spotlight. Dino Toppmöllers the chosen ones. The coach was forced to take this personal measure at short notice because Ellyes Skhiri was not available.

Hopes for Marmoush

“Slight problems in the fascia” were to blame for the Tunisian's inability to play. In the case of Hugo Ekitiké, “slight adductor problems” were cited as the reason why the Frenchman also had to pass. Once again, the offensive's hopes rested on the creativity of the tireless Omar Marmoush.

Rookie Collins found himself in the bottom three on the right side. A position that Frankfurt's scouts became aware of when looking for promising additions at Dortmund. Collins has been working at the BVB youth performance center since 2016. In 2022, Collins became German champion with the A-Juniors. “Nnamdi is one of the most promising German talents in his position,” enthused Frankfurt's sporting director, Timmo Hardung, after his move to Eintracht. “We are happy that he chose us and our path.”

Max aims too high early

Eintracht's path should also lead to European business at the end of this season. The Toppmöller team has been in sixth position in the standings since Christmas. There are many reasons why things haven't gone up or down since then. In recent games, the coach often cited “lack of punch” as the reason for several draws.

Against Werder things should be completely different. Toppmöller had promised “that the spark of my team would immediately be transmitted to the fans. “We all want to play a good game.” To put pressure on Werder from the beginning, the Eintracht coach wanted “a very high level of activity in the game against the ball.”

The fans had to wait six minutes for the first action in front of the Bremen goal. Philipp Max, this time again starting eleven on the left wing, tried to shoot. The scene was more promising when Marmoush took the measure of the volley, but found his rival in Werder goalkeeper Michael Zetterer.

Much to do for Trapp

Typical of Eintracht's play in recent weeks: Toppmöller's team could well have been left behind. Jens Stage had the chance to score for Werder. But Kevin Trapp He showed his class and avoided the possible 0:1 (25th). Things got a little dangerous again three minutes before the break, when Ansgar Knauff served a pass to Marmoush, but the Egyptian was denied by Zetterer.

Even after two more headers: Tuta for Eintracht (44th), Amos Pieper for Werder, there was no goal celebration. Even during the second half of the game, there were no moments of success. After a set piece, a free kick taken by Fares Chaibi, there was no reason to celebrate. Defense chief Robin Koch's header passed to the right of the Bremen goal (49th).

Werder showed how to do it better and more effectively. Unlike Frankfurt, Bremen scored a goal in the 62nd minute in a standard situation. Marvin Ducksch was once again the starting point. When Stage took advantage of a precise free kick and shot immediately towards Trapp, the Frankfurt goalkeeper was able to save.

But when Milos Veljkovic scored the rebound to make it 1-0, Trapp couldn't do anything either (62'). Video assistant Felix Brych called from the Cologne basement to check a possible offside position. But the goal counted.

On the Frankfurt side, Jean-Matteo Bahoya was already in the game. Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe had made room for him. This was not enough for Toppmöller, so Hugo Larsson (for debutant Collins) and Niels Nkounkou (for Max) also came into action.

The color came into play in the 73rd minute. The stage looked red after a foul on Bahoya, an advantage that Eintracht quickly took advantage of. Tuta equalized with a header (77th). Defeat avoided, draw assured? It wasn't over yet, Eintracht still had to be careful.

Before referee Robert Hartmann decided to add nine minutes of stoppage time, Eintracht was left with ten men. After a rude foul on Félix Agu, Tuta, who had already been reprimanded, was sent off with a yellow and red card (87th).

But Hartmann corrected himself. He ran to the TV screen, calmly observed the scene again, and showed Tuta the red card. Ten Frankfurt against ten Bremen: Eintracht mainly pushed for the winning goal. But it stopped falling.