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Europa League: Eintracht Frankfurt play Inter Milan to scoreless draw

Commerzbank Arena was hopping as Frankfurt hosted Inter Milan in the Europa League. However, the Eagles failed to put a goal on the scoreboard, setting up a do-or-die situation in Milan next week.

Eintracht Frankfurt 0-0 Inter Milan
Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt

Eintracht Frankfurt's fans rose to the occasion in the first leg of their side's Europe League last 16 tie with Inter Milan on Thursday, but Frankfurt's goal scorers unfortunately did not.

Despite several scoring chances — Frankfurt had 16 shots in the game, seven of which were on target — the Eagles head into next week's second leg in Italy with the tie locked at 0-0.

Inter Milan had a chance to get a crippling away goal in the first half when referee William Collum awarded a penalty to the away side after Gelson Fernandes tackled Lautaro Martinez in the box. But Kevin Trapp denied the visitors the lead, saving the ensuing spotkick by Marcelo Brozovic to keep the score level.

Kevin Trapp saves a penalty (Reuters/K. Pfaffenbach)

Kevin Trapp (left) saves a penalty effort from Marcelo Brozovic (not pictured)

Frankfurt appeared to have found a breakthrough shortly after half-time when Sebastien Haller headed in a cross from Danny Da Costa, but the French forward was ruled offside and the goal was disallowed.

The hosts arguably could have had a penalty of their own moments later when Haller went down in the box, but Collum elected not to give the home side a spot kick. Mokoto Hasebe was then booked for protesting the Scottish referee's decision and Frankfurt's manager Adi Hütter was the stands after kicking a water bottle towards the Inter Milan bench in frustration.

The two sides will face off in a week's time at the San Siro stadium in Milan with a ticket to the Europa League quarterfinals on the line.