Eintracht Frankfurt's Sebastian Rode: "Judge Admitted: Was a Clear Foul" – Transgaming
by: Adam Smith
13th December 2019
Even after the game was over, Sebastian Rode didn't know if he was still going to be angry or just happy. Eintracht Frankfurt had carelessly risked advancing 2: 3 (2: 1) to the preliminary round of the Europa League against Vitoria Guimaraes.
It was only thanks to support from Arsenal (2-2 at Standard Liege) that the Hessian semi-finalist reached the middle round last season.
In emotional chaos, Frankfurt's midfielder at least came to a clear assessment of the overall sporting situation. "We're not a top team that will play it in the end," Rode said.
Al Musrati (85th) and Marcus Edwards (87th) shocked Frankfurt with two late goals after a 2-1 lead by Eintracht by Danny da Costa (31st) and Daichi Kamada (38th). "The result is really disappointing," Rode said: "We may have been a little scared that we would score another goal. How things fell then is obviously unfortunate, but it shouldn't happen that way either."
Frankfurt: Judge Mazeika does not penalize Rode
However, the visitors' trip through Rochinha (8th place) was not allowed to fall. Judge Gediminas Mazeika (Lithuania) did not punish a clear foul on Rode, and the Portuguese continued to play, although the German was in pain on the ground.
"It was a clear foul," Rode said: "The judge came to me at half-time and admitted that so hindsight doesn't help that much."
Frankfurt's sporting situation is still tense despite progress. The team has won only once in the last seven games – also because the scoreline to the tip continues to be a problem. Portuguese attackers Andre Silva and Goncalo Paciencia, who coach Adi Hütter relied on their compatriots, remained pale.