It seems as though the Whites just can't seem to get that first preseason win under their belts. Leeds United lost 2-1 after a terrific comeback by the Bundesliga outfit Eintracht Frankfurt in the beautiful Eugendorf's Sportzentrum.
United team: Silvestri (Turnbull 77), Wootton, Cooper, Bamba (Bellusci 77), Berardi, Bianchi (Adeyemi 56), Cook (Phillips 71), Mowatt (Taylor 63), Byram (Erwin 77), Sloth (Antenucci 56), Morison (Doukara 71). Subs. Coyle, Walters, Horton.
Frankfurt team: Lindner, Oczipka, Reinartz, Inui, Seferovic, Aigner, Flum, Abraham, Hasebe, Stendera, Castaignos. Subs. Balayev, Becker, Kadlec, Djakpa, Waldschmidt, Medojevic, Ignovski, Kinsombi, Gerezgiher, Bunjaki.
The game started off in favour of the Germans, with Marco Silvestri having to stop some tough shots from Tokashi Inui, and Hans Seferovic. The goalkeeper would continue his dominant showing by stopping Stefan Aigner, who was creeping close to the net.
The Whites knew they had to do something to stop the Germans fast pace.
Sam Byram went streaking down the right side, and delivered a cross perfectly where Steve Morison was just waiting to hammer it in. Morison- who had lots to prove after talks of him moving from Leeds- made it 1-0 Whites in the 26th minute.
Frankfurt gave it their all to begin a push to comeback.
Inui and Seferovic both had solid chances, but Silvestri was all-over Frankfurt in the first half. Uwe Rosler, and his squad were feeling good heading into halftime with a 1-0 lead.
After a few changes for both teams respectively, Frankfurt managed to even the scoring at ones, after Johannes Flum met Stefan Aigner's header in the 59th minute. The German team followed-up with Stefan Reinartz making it 2-1 15 minutes later.
And that's where we end the night off, with a 2-1 defeat for the Whites.
A fight off the field:
Not all the action was on the field. Riot police had to be called in to break-up rival fans of both clubs.
The YEP is reporting that roughly 100 Frankfurt fans- some in balaclavas- ganged-up on a large group of Leeds supporters, as fans filed onto the field after the match.
Frankfurt being herded towards their buses. One Leeds fan receiving medical attention outside the ground pic.twitter.com/fcdENlBGtU— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 21, 2015
The YEP also is reporting that nearly 20 arrests have been made, according to a local police officer. A Leeds United fan also needed medical attention, according to that officer.
"A few of us went over to applaud the Frankfurt fans. I was going to shake their hands. Then their ultras jumped over the (advertising) boards and started attacking us. Some were wearing balaclavas and we were outnumbered." According to a fan.
No players were injured.
More details to follow.