Eintracht Frankfurt have once again dropped points in the race for a Champions League place. The Europa League winner did not get beyond a 1-1 (0-0) draw against VfB Stuttgart on Saturday and remains sixth in the Bundesliga with 40 points.

In front of 50,000 spectators, Sebastian Rode gave the Hessians the lead in the 55th minute of the mixed dress rehearsal for the second leg of the knockout round in the premier class at SSC Napoli. Silas (75th minute) managed to equalize for Stuttgart, who are still in the middle of the relegation battle despite the partial success with 20 points.

Before kick-off, Eintracht had announced a small legal success. Accordingly, the competent administrative court in Italy has granted Hesse's application for a preliminary injunction against the imposed fan exclusion for the Champions League match in Naples. However, the prefecture of Naples could appeal, it said.

Rode scores with a lot of feeling to 1:0

The prospect of fan support next Wednesday did not inspire the Eintracht professionals at all. The favourite had a hard time against disciplined and compact Stuttgarters right from the start. Although the Hessians had a little more of the game, they could not play out chances in the first half.

In midfield, the hosts lacked creative ideas, and top scorer Randal Kolo Muani was largely deregistered by Konstantinos Mavropanos. The 25-year-old demonstrated with a strong performance why he is apparently on Eintracht's wish list for a transfer in the summer.

The Swabians, who have changed three positions compared to the recent 1:2 against FC Bayern, relied on counterattacks, but they also radiated no danger. Thus, the statistics at the break showed zero shots on the opponent's goal for both teams.

After the change, Eintracht acted a little more energetically and rewarded themselves with the lead. After a shot by Djibril Sow that was blocked too short, the ball landed at Rode, who slipped the ball from a half-right position with a lot of feeling into the long corner. The hitherto unemployed VfB goalkeeper Fabian Bredlow was powerless against the still slightly faked artistic shot.

Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia reacted to the deficit with a triple change and replaced the entire offensive department. However, this did not change the course of the game at first. Frankfurt controlled the action, gave the guests no space and was apparently closer to the second goal than VfB to the equalizer.

And yet the Stuttgarters cheered a quarter of an hour before the end. The substitute Silas was nicely cleared on a counterattack and overcame Eintracht goalkeeper Kevin Trapp with a flat shot into the long corner. In the final phase, VfB was even the more active team, but the winning goal did not succeed.