Bundesliga

Bundesliga Top Five, Round Eight: An understudy shines for Eintracht Frankfurt

Frederik Ronnow steps in from the shadows to impress, while Serge Gnabry continues his rich vein of form.

 
11:08am on Monday 21st October 2019
By
Martin Macdonald

This Bundesliga season is going to be a cracker. We are eight fixtures into the new campaign and the table is starting to take shape, but with neither Bayern Munich or Dortmund at the top! Borussia Monchengladbach remain at the summit, even after they suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of BVB this weekend. Bayern, too, dropped points after they drew 2-2 away at Augsburg.

With Kevin Trapp injured until at least the New Year, Ronnow made his first Bundesliga appearance of the season on Friday as Eintracht Frankfurt hosted Leverkusen - and what an appearance it was. The visitors hit the target with 10 shots during the game, and Ronnow kept out every single one. He also made 11 separate interceptions, solidifying his status as the scourge of Leverkusen's evening.

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Serge Gnabry AM (RL)
  • 86'
  • 8.5

    Gnabry is pretty much unplayable for Bayern at the moment. Even though the champions drew 2-2, he did everything possible to strive for the win, recording a goal and an assist. He set-up the opening goal for Robert Lewandowski to nod into the corner after a curled cross from the right wing. His own goal was vintage; driving in from the wing to whip a superb left-footed finish across goal into the bottom left corner.

    Frankfurt largely have Ronnow to thank for claiming all three points against Leverkusen, but they still needed someone to put the ball in the net at the other side of the pitch. Paciencia delivered with two goals on the day, with the first coming just four minutes into play as he ran through on goal to squeeze a finish under the keeper. The second put Frankfurt 2-0 up, and was a coolly taken penalty 12 minutes later.

    After three losses in a row, Fortuna needed to start picking up points, and that's exactly what they did against fellow strugglers, Mainz. The game was locked in a 0-0 stalemate for much of the afternoon, but the deadlock was broken thanks to a bursting run from Giesselmann, who Rouwen Hennings for the only goal in the 82nd minute. Defensively the left-back was solid, too, as he won 75% of his duels, 100% of his tackles, and made seven ball recoveries.

    Hoffenheim dented Schalke's hopes of breaking into the top four with a comfortable 2-0 victory at home, and Hubner was a rock in the centre of defence for the home side. At the back, he won the majority of his duels and aerial duels, as well as making two interceptions and eight clearances. He also played a part in the result-clinching second goal as he assisted the scorer, Ihlas Bebou.

    HONOURABLE MENTIONS

    Sebastiaan Bornauw (8.2) and Louis Schaub (7.8) both got on the scoresheet as Koln defeated Paderborn, but just missed out on the top five after not contributing as much in other areas of the game.

    ROUND TO FORGET

    Aleksandar Dragovic (5) had a poor day at the office for Leverkusen as he failed to win any of his attempted tackles against the opposition forwards. He also lost a possession a whopping 16 times through his awful distribution from the back, which continually handed the initiative back to Frankfurt.

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