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In the summer of 1998, Eintracht Frankfurt was preparing for their first season back in the Bundesliga. It had been a long journey for the club, having been relegated to the second tier just a year earlier.

 

The season started off with some shaky performances, but Eintracht soon found their footing and began to climb up the table. As the season progressed, it became clear that every point would be crucial in their bid to secure their Bundesliga spot for the following year.

 

With just a few matches remaining, Eintracht found themselves in a precarious position. They were still in danger of relegation, but a string of impressive victories had given them a fighting chance.

The final matchday of the season would prove to be one of the most thrilling in Bundesliga history. Eintracht faced off against reigning champions Kaiserslautern, who were fighting for a Champions League spot.

 

The tension was palpable as the two teams took the field. Eintracht knew that a win would secure their spot in the top flight for another year, but they would have to play their hearts out to achieve it.

The match was a rollercoaster of emotions, with both teams trading blows throughout. But as the clock ticked down, Eintracht found themselves with a comfortable lead. And then, in the 89th minute, it happened.

 

Jan Åge Fjørtoft, one of Eintracht's star players, received the ball just outside the box. He feinted left, then right, leaving the defender in his wake. And then, with a burst of speed, he surged towards the goal.

 

The Kaiserslautern goalkeeper, Andreas Reinke, came out to meet him. But Fjørtoft was too quick, too skillful. He performed a step-over right in front of Reinke before slotting the ball into the net.

It was a moment of pure magic, one that would go down in Bundesliga history. Eintracht had secured their spot in the top flight for another year, and they had done it in style.

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