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Ampadu was pleased with how his Arsenal side fought back hard against Eintracht Frankfurt

Arsenal coach Ampadu: We showed fantastic spirit

Ampadu was pleased with how his Arsenal side fought back hard against Eintracht Frankfurt

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Eintracht Frankfurt enjoyed their first win of the tournament against the Gunners, who had displayed great spirit to make a wonderful comeback in the second half to draw level

It was a great start to the tournament for Eintracht Frankfurt as they grabbed three points from Arsenal in the second round of matches in the 25th Canon Lion City Cup on Monday.

Arsenal displayed steely resilience and came back to make it 3-3 after going down 2-0 and 3-1, but substitute Matuschewski smashed home a stunning goal in the dying minutes of the game to win the game 4-3.

Eintracht coach Abdessamad El Messaoudi was optimistic of his side winning the tournament after the opening victory.

“I think so," he confidently said when asked if his team could take the trophy home.

“This is our first game and our next is on Wednesday. I think the NFA [Under-16] is also as good as Arsenal."

Man-of-the match Nils Herdt, who scored a brace, expressed delight at his performance.

 “I felt good [and] I’m happy to score twice against a prestigious team, and it is an honour to be [named] Man-of-the Match,” the talented youngster said.

Arsenal coach Patrick Ampadu, on the other hand, believes that he should expose the players as much as possible, explaining his decision to make seven substitutions throughout the match.

“We brought the players halfway around the world to expose them and let them play,” he noted.

Captain Kaylen Hinds was not too disappointed with his side' showing, but admitted there was room for improvement.

“We played well but we couldn’t take our chances and also, our defending was not as great as in the first match," he said.

Ampadu also added that his team showed great spirit throughout the entire game to make a stunning comeback.

“The team showed fantastic spirit," he said.

"They came out in the second half looking like they could win the game, but [unfortunately] couldn’t quite get to it.”

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