A hat-trick from Alexander Meier secured all three points for Frankfurt after they came from behind to beat VfL Wolfsburg in a five-goal thriller at the Commerzbank Arena on Sunday.
- Frankfurt 3 Wolfsburg 2
- Dante gives visitors first-half lead
- Meier double puts hosts in front
- Schurrle equalises in closing stages
- Meier secures comeback win late on
Die Wolfe broke the deadlock through Dante on 25 minutes and they were good value for their first-half lead, but the hosts got their act together after the interval and Meier drew them level on 66 minutes.
The striker pounced again seven minutes later to hand Armin Veh’s side the lead for the first time, but they were pegged back by Andre Schurrle’s equaliser 11 minutes from time.
However, Meier came to the rescue for Die Adler in stoppage time as the hitman completed his hat-trick and a dramatic comeback win.
The visitors dominated proceedings in the opening 45 minutes and they threatened to go ahead on 18 minutes when Naldo forced Frankfurt goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky into a save with a header from Vieirinha’s cross.
Their early pressure paid off on 25 minutes as Dante prodded home a free-kick from Ricardo Rodriguez at the back post to put Wolfsburg one-up.
They should have taken a two-goal cushion into the break when Daniel Caligiuri was teed up eight yards out, but he opted to pass straight back to Rodriguez instead shooting and the danger was past.
The home team went off to jeers from their fans and they responded after the interval, with Stefan Aigner producing a fine save out of Diego Benaglio with his header moments after the restart.
Frankfurt were back in the contest on 66 minutes when Aigner headed the ball down for Meier to send his volley on the turn past Benaglio to level the scores.
It was the same combination that led to the hosts taking the lead on 73 minutes as Aigner laid the ball off for Meier, who beat Benaglio from outside the area with a fierce strike.
But they looked destined for a share of the spoils when Schurrle struck from close range with 11 minutes remaining. Meier, though, would have the final say as he forced the ball home deep into stoppage time after Benaglio had failed to deal with Fabian’s cross.