Andre Silva continued his prolific scoring streak as Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday defied a Schalke-inspired Weston McKennie fightback, holding alive their slim hopes of European qualifying next season.
With all the guns, Frankfurt came out roaring, looking ready to demand a first home victory since the 5-0 dismissal in Augsburg in early February. In a tempting ball for Silva, Filip Kostic clipped the Schalke defender Ozan Kabak managed to nod behind, while Danny da Costa could have done better after a fluid pass involving Kostic and Daichi Kamada. Soon the Japan midfielder emerged because the biggest target threat for the hosts, flashing two off-target efforts before drawing a wise one-handed stop from visiting keeper Alexander Nübel.
Other opportunities came and went until Frankfurt eventually deservedly broke the deadlock –: Jonjoe Kenny was dispossessed by Kostic deep inside his half until setting Kamada free on the offensive, and he released the Silva in-form for his seventh goal since the Bundesliga restart. Shortly after an international McKennie marauding run from the USA, Schalke’s best chance fell to Juan Miranda, but the Barcelona loan fired well over the bar, and David Wagner ‘s men would be lucky to be just one goal down at the break after more chances for Kamada and Evan N’Dicka.
The writing seemed to be on the wall for Schalke when Frankfurt early extended their lead in the second half. The hosts won a free-kick just outside the penalty area and Kostic fizzed into a brilliant, curling delivery that captain David Abraham headed home on the back post. Nonetheless, the Royal Blues were determined not to give up without a fight, and McKennie pulled them back into contention as he converted the free-kick with a towering header from Alessandro Schöpf.
Frankfurt had a couple of opportunities to regain their two-goal lead, but nearby Kamada thumped and Stefan Ilsanker dragged a lot of effort. Abraham then brilliantly cleared off the line after having already made an impact on one end, to deny Michael Gregoritsch after Rabbi Matondo had saved Kevin Trapp well.
As teenager Can Bozdogan was sent off for a second bookable offense, Schalke lost control, and Silva ought to have put the game to Frankfurt ‘s bed, but swept wide when she was with Nübel one-on-one.