Eintracht Frankfurt battled back from a goal down as they scored late on to clinch a 2-1 win over SV Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion on Sunday.
Bremen 1 Frankfurt 2
Grillitsch gives hosts 38th-min lead
Meier equalises early in second half
Late Barkok goal seals comeback win
Bremen took a 1-0 lead into the half-time break courtesy of Florian Grillitsch’s 38th-minute opener, but they were pegged back early in the second half by Alexander Meier’s equaliser.
Niko Kovac’s side completed the comeback in dramatic fashion at the death as Aymane Barkok bagged a 90th-minute winner to extend their unbeaten run in the league to five matches.
There was certainly no shortage of goal-mouth action despite the two teams being separated by just one goal at the interval.
The visitors made a promising start as David Abraham flashed a shot inches over the target from distance in the fifth minute, before Branimir Hrgota tested Felix Wiedwald two minutes later with another long-range effort.
Lukas Hradecky was then called into action at the other end to keep out Max Kruse’s strike from outside the box on 11 minutes, while Wiedwald denied Marco Fabian from range six minutes later.
Both clubs were guilty of some wayward shooting after the midway point in the first half, with Serge Gnabry wasting two chances, but the hosts drew first blood seven minutes before half-time as Grillitsch fired into the top left corner of the net from inside the area.
Frankfurt posed the greater threat in the second half as they looked to get back into the contest, and they almost found the equaliser moments after the restart when Mijat Gacinovic forced Wiedwald to save his shot from inside the box on the left.
The hosts then went close on 48 minutes with Zlatko Junuzovic seeing his long-range effort kept out by Hradecky, before the Austrian midfielder fired to the left of the target three minutes later.
But the Hesse outfit restored parity soon afterwards as Meier beat Wiedwald from inside the area on the right with a shot that found the bottom left corner of the goal.
The equaliser gave them new life as they created a flurry of chances, with Meier testing the keeper on two occasions, while Omar Mascarell and Branimir Hrgota also drew saves out of Wiedwald before the 66-minute mark.
Claudio Pizarro was presented with a rare opportunity for Alexander Nouri’s men on 75 minutes, but he was unable to beat Hradecky.
Fabian, Hrgota, Meier and Jesus Vallejo all squandered chances for Frankfurt in the closing stages, but their efforts were rewarded in the last minute when Barkok drilled the ball into the bottom left corner of the net from outside the box to claim a deserved victory.
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