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Eintracht Frankfurt's Sebastian Rode: "Judge Admitted: Was a Clear Foul" – Transgaming

by: Adam Smith

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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.

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