Eintracht Frankfurt gave their chances of survival in the Bundesliga a massive boost with a 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund at Commerzbank-Arena on Saturday.
- Frankfurt 1 Dortmund 0
- Aigner header proves crucial
- Frankfurt out of bottom three
A very good header from Stefan Aigner broke the deadlock early on, with Frankfurt spending most of the remaining 75 minutes bravely defending wave after wave of yellow attacks to make the single goal count.
The result moves Frankfurt out of the bottom three as they look to avoid the relegation play-offs, and consigns Dortmund to a first league defeat of the year.
Frankfurt took the lead in the 14th minute when a short corner was played to Makoto Hasebe, who whipped one into the box, allowing Stefan Aigner to get a header on the ball and deflect it in at the far post.
Dortmund came close to an immediate equaliser two minutes later, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang couldn’t hit the target after being picked out in the box, and a couple of minutes later they threatened again when a deflected cross from Marco Reus eluded Lukas Hradecky in goal, only for Constant Djakpa to clear the danger.
Aubameyang missed another chance after Reus raced down the left flank and played a square-pass to the feet of the Gabon international just next to the penalty spot, but BVB’s top scorer launched his first-time effort well over the crossbar.
With the half-hour mark approaching, Dortmund’s pressure on the Frankfurt goal was increasing, and Erik Durm tested Hradecky with a fierce, low shot from long range that forced the Finnish stopper into a decent save.
BVB had a couple more chances just before the break, with David Abraham doing well to clear Reus’ ball into the box before it reached Aubameyang, before Mats Hummels had a goal ruled out for offside as the hosts managed to reach halftime with their lead intact.
After being denied a goal by the linesman just before the break, Hummels was thwarted again at the start of the second, this time by some fantastic goalkeeping from Hradecky. The BVB defender got a powerful header on Marcel Schmelzer’s free kick, but the keeper was able to parry it up into the air before also saving from close-range on the rebound by upper-cut punching the ball clear – though the whistle had already been blown for a foul in the build up.
With full time approaching, Dortmund almost broke Frankfurt hearts in the 84th minute when a low ball across the mouth of the goal was slapped clear by Hradecky to deny Henrikh Mkhitaryan a close-range finish, and Abraham then provided a crucial block by flinging himself in front of the follow-up effort.
Mkhitaryan was involved again in the 86th minute when he header Schmelzer’s free kick over the crossbar, as Dortmund threw everything forward looking for an equaliser, while Frankfurt held out gallantly for the three points that could save them from relegation.
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