Dortmund crash to defeat at Frankfurt


Borussia Dortmund were brought crashing to earth on Saturday following their record Champions League win with a 2-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt, who went third in the Bundesliga.

It was a first defeat in 10 games for Dortmund and came hot on the heels of their 8-4 romp on Tuesday at home to Legia Warsaw — a record score for a Champions League game.

Hungary international Szabolcs Huszti had given the home side the lead only for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to equalise, but Haris Seferovic grabbed the winner for Frankfurt.

Unbeaten in six Bundesliga games, Eintracht go level on points with reigning champions Bayern Munich, who play Bayer Leverkusen later.

Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel started just three of the side which began against Legia and again Dortmund were guilty of poor defending as Frankfurt scored both their goals from restarts.

Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac said he was ‘proud’ of his team, but urged Eintracht fans not to get carried away, while Tuchel slammed his team.

“Frankfurt deserved the win, there were too many areas in our game which were lacking,” fumed Tuchel.

“Technically, tactically, mentally and in our willingness we weren’t up to it.

“The whole season is a series of ups and downs, which is unsatisfactory.

“Our performance today didn’t earn a point.”

After a goalless first-half at Frankfurt’s Commerzbank Arena in front of a crowd of 51,500, Eintracht took the lead just 16 seconds after the break as Huszti converted a Timothy Chandler cross from close range.

– Three changes –

Tuchel responded by making three changes with just over half an hour to go, bringing on Germany star Marco Reus, France winger Ousmane Dembele and tough-tackling midfielder Sebastian Rode.

The move initially paid off.

Aubameyang headed home Dembele’s ball on 77 minutes, but from the restart, Frankfurt attacked and Dortmund allowed Swiss striker Haris Seferovic to slot his shot past goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.

Dembele hit the crossbar in added time with Frankfurt’s Finland goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky beaten.

The result saw Frankfurt replace Dortmund in third and broke Borussia’s run of four straight wins.

It was Dortmund’s first defeat since losing to Bayer Leverkusen on October 1.

Fresh from their Champions League draw at home to Manchester City on Wednesday, Borussia Moenchengladbach were held to another 1-1 stalemate at Borussia Park, against Hoffenheim, to leave them winless in seven league games.

Gladbach took the lead when Syrian-born Mahmoud Dahoud belted his shot into the far corner on 25 minutes.

But Hoffenheim levelled through Nadiem Amiri on 53 minutes to preserve their unbeaten record this season.

Wolfsburg are just two points above the relegation spots after their 1-1 draw with Ingolstadt.

Anthony Jung’s first-half goal for Ingolstadt was cancelled out by Daniel Caligiuri’s equaliser.

Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio saved a first-half penalty attempt by Moritz Hartmann with the match goalless.

In a thrilling north German derby between the league’s bottom two teams, Hamburg were held to a 2-2 draw at home to neighbours Werder Bremen, with all the goals coming in the first half.

Austrian international Michael Gregoritsch scored both of Hamburg’s goals either side of a Fin Bartels strike before Bremen’s Serge Gnabry, who marked his senior Germany debut earlier this month with a hat-trick, made it 2-2.

In the afternoon’s other game Cologne, who are fourth, were held to a 0-0 draw at home by Augsburg.

Later on Saturday, second-placed Bayern host Leverkusen hoping to bridge the six-point gap unbeaten leaders RB Leipzig opened on Friday with a 4-1 win at Freiburg.

© 2016 AFP

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