Luka Jovic matches his Real Madrid goal tally inside 28 MINUTES of Frankfurt loan return as £62m flop comes off the bench to net twice in comeback victory over Schalke
- Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic only scored twice in all competitions last season
- Zinedine Zidane loaned him out to former club Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday
- And the 23-year-old striker scored twice inside half an hour against Schalke
Luka Jovic’s loan move back to Eintracht Frankfurt on Thursday was intended to help him rediscover his shooting boots after a lean first season at Real Madrid.
Serbian striker Jovic only scored twice across 27 appearances in all competitions for Madrid and has initially failed to justify his sizeable £62million transfer fee.
The 11-cap international scored 27 the season before for Eintracht Frankfurt, earning him a move to the Spanish capital.
On-loan Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic scored twice inside 28 minutes for Eintracht Frankfurt
However Jovic, 23, could still be part of Zinedine Zidane’s long-term plans and so was loaned back to his former club rather than sold.
But he did not take long to find his goalscoring form again back in familiar surroundings.
Within 10 minutes of coming off the bench in the 62nd minute, Jovic volleyed in a goal off a Filip Kostic cross in Frankfurt’s 3-1 win over relegation-threatened Schalke.
Jovic enjoyed a happy return to the Bundesliga side where he earned a move to Real Madrid
It was his first club goal since scoring in Madrid’s 4-1 win over Osasuna last February, and his 37th in 76 career games for Frankfurt. Jovic then beat defender Ozan Kabak to score his second from two shots and extend Frankfurt’s lead in stoppage time.
Andre Silva gave Frankfurt the lead in the 28th minute with a smart turn and shot after Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac, on loan from Arsenal, gave away the ball.
Schalke responded almost immediately as American striker Matthew Hoppe beat the offside trap to level the score with his fourth goal in two games.
Jovic only scored twice in all competitions last season so has already matched that total
The result means Adi Hutter’s side have now won each of their last four matches.
It was the first game back for Jovic and the last for Frankfurt captain David Abraham.
The 34-year-old center-back is retiring from professional soccer to spend more time with his family in Argentina after the coronavirus pandemic meant he saw little of his young son. Frankfurt climbed to seventh, while Schalke is 18th and last.