3rd May, 2019
Pedro scored a very vital away goal as Chelsea held Eintracht Frankfurt to a pulsating 1-1 draw in Frankfurt, Germany on Thursday evening. That surely puts the Blues in the driver’s seat for the second leg match to be played at the Stamford Bridge.
The tie had started on a very positive note for the home side as their hitman Luka Jovic opened the scoring with a fantastic header in the 23rd minute for his 26th goal of the season.
However, the Blues did not wait for too long to restore parity as they went level on the stroke of half-time with Pedro hitting what could potentially be a crucial goal for Chelsea and Maurizio Sarri in the context of their season.
Eintracht Frankfurt probably had the best chance of the opening stages as a free-kick fell to David Abraham at the back post but he blazed the ball over the crossbar with plenty of time.
However, the hosts did eventually take the lead though and it was as usual Jovic at the forefront once again. The striker released his countryman Filip Kostic down the left-flank. The winger whipped the ball back into the striker and he stooped low with a great diving header to finish well into the far corner.
The visitors could have equalised soon after but Pedro somehow fizzed a low effort just wide of the post with Trapp stretching.
The same player was to be on the score sheet however as Chelsea built momentum going into the break.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek did well to manufacture space in the Frankfurt box and tee up the former Barcelona man. He then lashed the ball home with a powerful finish to ensure the Blues headed into the break level.
That equaliser did Chelsea a lot of favours as they resumed the second-half very well as Loftus-Cheekat first fired wide before Willian fired straight at Trapp.
The Eintracht goalkeeper then did brilliantly well as he tipped a thunderous David Luiz free-kick onto the crossbar. The Brazilian defender also forced a stop out of the keeper with a stooping header as Chelsea looked to go ahead for the first time in the game.
Despite dominating the game in the second period, Chelsea could have lost it all right at the tail end. Abraham somehow headed the ball over the bar from a corner before Luiz put in an excellent block to deny Gonçalo Paciência when through on goal.
Eventually though, neither side were able to edge ahead as both sides turn their attentions to next week’s deciding match-up in West London.
At the end, the match itself proved to be a very intriguing one. The momentum continued to swing from one team to the other throughout the 90 minutes and it was relatively tough to call who was going to be the victors.
Eintracht Frankfurt however got somewhat tired and Chelsea will be the more satisfied with the result as they head back to Stamford Bridge with a vital away goal.