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Sports - Under big fan protests - Frankfurt beats RB


The top match was marked by many protests. A kick-off despite fans in the interior, deafening squirrels and tons of tennis balls in the field. However, football was also played.


Eintracht Frankfurt has made the leap to a Champions League rank in the first Monday match of this season accompanied by massive fan demonstrations. The 2: 1 (2-1) victory of Hesse against RB Leipzig, however, came to a minor point. The focus was on the fans of Eintracht, who, among other things with whistles, banners, a controlled interior march and a tennis ball hail peacefully expressed their displeasure with the unloved scheduling.

Timothy Chandler (22) and Kevin-Prince Boateng (26) had turned in front of 45,100 spectators after the Leipzig opening goal by Jean-Kevin Augustin (13). While the team of coach Niko Kovac now more than ever dream of the premier class as third in the table, Leipzig fell back to fifth place.

The game was, despite its sporting explosive almost exclusively in the sign of the fan protests. With whistles and whistles the supporters of the home team provided for a deafening background noise when opposing possession, and largely waived support of their own team. In addition, some spectators were quite far away despite valid tickets.

"Vallah Monday is Haram"

On banners like "We whistle for the Monday game", "Fan culture must suffer, ratings rise," "Even my hairdresser is free on Mondays" or "Vallah Monday is Haram", the fans once said humorously, sometimes snappish their protest against the German Football League (DFL). Before the second round, they then shot hundreds of tennis balls on the pitch several times, delaying the restart of the game.

The Frankfurt club management had solidarized in advance with the supporters. Among other things, therefore, parts of the Fankurve were left in the interior before the game, in order to present their banner in an orderly protest. The fact that Bob Geldof's classic rock tune "I do not like Mondays" sounded just before the teams marched over the stadium speakers was another small side blow to the DFL.
Extrem unterhaltsamer Schlagabtausch

In the end, it was almost impossible for both teams to have an extremely entertaining exchange on the pitch. Leipzig combined in its first offensive action worth seeing for the opening goal, Frankfurt also marched courageously forward. After several good opportunities for the hosts, only Chandler poked the ball to equalize over the line, before Boateng refined a clever attack to the Frankfurt leadership.

The spectacle, which included a foul penalty for Leipzig (30th) and a pack formation after the break, was also continued in the second half. Even Frankfurt fans could not resist that, but they consistently continued to refuse any fanfare. Leipzig, on the other hand, seemed increasingly impressed by the unusual atmosphere.

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