Saturday 25 July 2015, 4:30pm at ATV Irdning, Irdning
Eintracht Frankfurt
Seferovic 37'
Fulham FC

37' Goal

Hans Seferovic

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Aleksander Ignjovski
Off:Stefan Reinartz

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Marc Skendeia
Off:Hans Seferovic

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Joel Gerezgiher
Off:Stefan Aigner

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Slobodan Medojevic
Off:Makoto Hasebe

46' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Alexander Kačaniklić
Off:Ross McCormack

69' Substitution

Player was substituted for tactical reasons
On:Kay Voser
Off:Sean Kavanagh

Fulham completed their tour of Austria by falling to an unfortunate single-goal loss against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Fulham completed their tour of Austria at the ATV Irdining Arena by falling to an unfortunate single-goal loss against Eintracht Frankfurt.

A desperately unlucky moment decided the game on 37 minutes, when Shaun Hutchinson’s tackle on Hans Seferovic was picked up by goalkeeper Andy Longeran and ruled as a back-pass. Seferovic himself fired in the winner from the resulting in-direct free-kick, six yards out.

Aside from the solitary strike, there was little which separated the sides on an overcast day in the Austrian province of Styria, on the pitch the Whites had called home for the past six days.

The Whites summoned up a surge of late pressure which culminated in Hutchinson seeing his goal-bound header blocked on the line in the closing stages, as time ran out on a fast-tempo workout. 

It was all change in the starting eleven from the Hertha Berlin match in Schladming on Wednesday, with Symons continuing in his policy of getting as many players through 90 minutes as possible.

The familiar tandem of Ross McCormack and Matt Smith started in attack with new signings Ben Pringle and Tom Cairney in wide positions and Jamie O’Hara partnering Lasse Vigen Christensen in midfield.

Sean Kavanagh started at left-back, with Dan Burn, Hutchinson and Jazz Richards completing the back four in front of goalkeeper Andy Lonergan.

The Whites’ last friendly match on the ATV Irdning Arena surface was against Real Madrid’s Galacticos in 2006, a 0-0 draw, and the early tempo and quality shown by the Bundesliga side suggested this fixture would prove another difficult proposition for the Whites.

The German outfit, who finished three points away from European qualification last season, dominated the opening exchanges with Fulham staying compact to soak up the pressure.

Lonergan reacted quickly to dive on to a loose ball as a free-kick bobbled around the Fulham area on five minutes, and Richards threw in a brave block to stop Stefan Reinartz’s 12th-minute effort.

The Whites began to grow into the game and apply their own spell of pressure. Pringle sent in a dangerous delivery on 16 minutes which narrowly eluded Smith, then an excellent passing move culminated in O’Hara dropping a shoulder to go past his marker and drilling a shot over.

Right-back Makoto Hasebe was beginning to cause a threat, creating a 28th-minute chance for Seferovic which flew past Lonergan’s post, moments after Christensen had sent an effort comfortably over the crossbar following a good combination with O’Hara.

The Whites were dealt a desperately unfortunate hand on 37 minutes when Hutchinson nicked the ball away from Seferovic and Lonergan collected. The referee judged the tackle as a back-pass and, with eight Fulham players on the goal-line, Seferovic rifled the indirect free-kick into the net.

There was no sign of the Whites licking their wounds, as Cairney’s smart turn of pace opened up a shooting chance for Pringle, who stung goalkeeper Heinz Lindner’s hands in the 41st minute.

Kavanagh went into the book for a late challenge on Hasebe on the stroke of half-time and that was the last we saw of the Japanese defender, who was one of four Eintracht half-time substitutes. For the Whites, Alexander Kačaniklić replaced McCormack. He and Pringle played either side of Smith, with O’Hara the deepest of three central midfilders, along with Christensen and Cairney.

The pair of Christensen and Cairney made some positive runs after the interval but, for all the Whites’ neat build-up play, the Eintracht back-line was alert to the threat posed by Fulham.

Vaclav Kadlec drifted inside and fired a shot towards the top corner, which skewed wide on 63 minutes, before Symons threw on Kay Voser and Moussa Dembèlè on with twenty minutes to go, in place of Kavanagh and Smith.

Good hold-up play from Dembèlè almost created a chance for Kačaniklić on 74 minutes and the Swedish winger’s corner nearly found a towering Burn with ten left minutes on the clock. Pringle was a fraction away from playing Kačaniklic through on goal on 85 minutes before Dembèlè caused more havoc in the area, rolling the ball square for a lunging Cairney who agonisingly fell short. 

As the clock ticked past 90 minutes, the Whites won a corner with Hutchinson putting keeper Lindner under pressure and the centre-half was first to Pringle's delivery, but watched his header cleared from off the goal-line as time ran out for the Whites in a closely-contested, high tempo encounter.

Match Information

Competition: Friendly

Date: Saturday 25 July 2015
Kick-off: 4:30pm

Venue: ATV Irdning, Irdning
Attendance: 350

Eintracht Frankfurt

Line-up: Lindner; Hasebe (Medojevic 46'), Russ, Reinartz (Ignjovski 46'), Oczipka; Aigner (Gerezgiher 46'), Flum, Abraham, Inui; Kadlec, Seferovic (Skendeia 46')

Unused substitutes: Becker, Djakpa, Waldschmidt, Kinsombi, Bunjaki


Line-up: Lonergan; Jazz Richards, Hutchinson, Burn, Kavanagh (Voser 69'); Christensen, O'Hara; Cairney, McCormack (Kačaniklić 46'), Pringle; Matt Smith

Unused substitutes: Bodurov, Tunnicliffe, Dembèlè, Bettinelli

Eintracht Frankfurt (4-4-2)
  • 13Heinz Lindner
  • 20Makoto Hasebe
  • 4Marco Russ
  • 7Stefan Reinartz
  • 6Bashan Oczipka
  • 16Stefan Aigner
  • 18Johannes Flum
  • 19David Abraham
  • 8Takashi Inui
  • 10Vaclav Kadlec
  • 9Hans Seferovic
  • 3Ilias Becker
  • 15Constant Djakpa
  • 21Marc Skendeia
  • 24Luca Waldschmidt
  • 25Slobodan Medojevic
  • 27Aleksander Ignjovski
  • 31David Kinsombi
  • 32Joel Gerezgiher
  • 38Enis Bunjaki
Fulham (4-2-3-1)
  • 24Andy Lonergan
  • 2Jazz Richards
  • 4Shaun Hutchinson
  • 33Dan Burn
  • 32Sean Kavanagh
  • 21Lasse Vigen Christensen
  • 23Jamie O'Hara
  • 45Tom Cairney
  • 44Ross McCormack
  • 18Ben Pringle
  • 9Matt Smith
  • 6Nikolay Bodurov
  • 11Alexander Kačaniklić
  • 15Kay Voser
  • 19Ryan Tunnicliffe
  • 25Moussa Dembèlè
  • 40Marcus Bettinelli
  • Team: Lonergan, Richards, Hutchinson, Burn, Kavanagh, Christensen, O’Hara, Cairney, McCormack, Pringle, Smith