Eintracht Frankfurt scored two late goals to get up to third in the Bundesliga with a 2-0 victory over relegation threatened SV Darmstadt 98 at the Commerzbank-Arena.
Frankfurt 2 Darmstadt 0
Goalless at the break
Hasebe nets from the spot
Rebic doubles the advantage
Frankfurt move into third
Darmstadt remain in 18th
After a goalless first-half, a late show from Niko Kovac’s men saw them score two late goals.
Makoto Hasebe opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 73rd minute before Ante Rebic’s 83rd minute strike made sure of the points.
Frankfurt were unlucky to go into the break with the scores level but they managed to keep composure in their performance with a patient and matured display – typifying the tactical astuteness of manager Niko Kovac.
With the Darmstadt defence frustrating the Champions League hopefuls, the Croatian boss urged his side to play a more direct style of play.
The patient approach paid off when they eventually opened the scoring when defender Jesus Vallejo was bundled over in the area.
Japanese midfielder Makoto Hasebe, ahead of captain Alex Meier stepped up with the spot-kick duty to confidently send goalkeeper Michael Esser the wrong way and finding the bottom corner of the net.
And after breaking the deadlock, Torsten Frings’ side’s defensive showing totally disintegrated, showing why they’re seven points from safety at this stage of the season.
It was a comedy of errors that lead to forward Ante Rebic’s goal, when Meier profited from Alexander Milosevic’s slip to break behind Darmstadt’s defence.
The veteran forward showed the presence of mind to stroke the ball across the face of goal for the on-loan-Fiorentina-man to beat Esser for the second time in the fixture.
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