Frankfurt was the dominant side for long stretches within the first 45 years. Aymen Barkok flashed an effort wide from the target frame of Ralf Fährmann just seven minutes in, which rattled halfway through the half as Martin Hinteregger flicked Amin’s near-post corner.
Younes versus the woodwork.
However, Eintracht’s next attempt was said to have been as Andre Silva controlled a shot from Erik Durm that went wide before shooting at the corner on the turn. Shaken but not stirred, Schalke provided an immediate response from 19-year-old Hoppe, who collected from Benjamin Stambouli, showed Evan N’Dicka and Hinteregger a clean pair of heels and poked 1-1 through the eyes of Kevin Trapp.
Silva threatened to restore parity with a shot from a near angle, but Fährmann beat it simply to send the sides level at the break.
The second half was a much more close-run affair, with Schalke frustrating Frankfurt for long stretches. The hosts did not benefit from an injury to Hinteregger, the Austrian defender who succumbed to a knee problem he sustained earlier in the game.
The Royal Blues grew in confidence as Amine Harit shot wide after half a clearance from N’Dicka. Mark Uth set up a good opening with 20 minutes to go, but his final ball let him down after a fine feint on the edge of the Frankfurt area. It proved a costly miscalculation when the Eagles regained their advantage with their next action.
Filip Kostic hung up a cross which, after 6 April 2019, replacing Jovic – back in Frankfurt on a six-month Real Madrid loan – thrashed into the roof of the net for his first Bundesliga goal.
The same pair joined again in extra time to seal a win that brings Frankfurt within three points to the top four and leaves Schalke bottom.