Eintracht Frankfurt took on Flora Tallinn in the second leg of the 2nd qualifying round of the UEFA Europa League on Thursday evening.
The team from the German state of Hesse brought a very good result home from the first leg in Estonia a week earlier, having won 2-1 away.
This time they repeated that task in front of their passionate local supporters, again defeating Flora 2-1. Birthday boy Goncalo Paciencia (25) supplied both goals in that second leg for Frankfurt. Between the two strikes by the Portuguese attacker, Vlasiy Sinyavskiy had made it 1-1
Eintracht Frankfurt started the more active of the two teams, despite the fact that it was the Estonian side that needed to score at least twice if they were to have any hope of advancing to the next round. However, it took Paciencia and his team mates until more than 35 minutes into the game to make that count on the scoreboard.
Before halftime, the visitors replied with the equalizer on the night and found their way into the game more and more.
The match ended as anticlimactically as the second half had promised drama: soon after the restart, the referee awarded a penalty to the home team, for a handball in the box by Flora’s Henri Järvelaid.
The following spot kick went in and ended the encounter as a contest, because the visitors lacked the belief and frankly the quality to score the two unanswered goals that they now needed to advance. Hence it remained 2-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate for the Bundesliga team.
This means that Eintracht Frankfurt advances to the third round of Europa League qualifying, where they will face Liechtenstein’s FC Vaduz. It is noteworthy that the entire principality of Liechtenstein has fewer residents than the Commerzbank Arena in the Main metropolis has seats.