Frankfurt started furiously in an action-packed first half. Karim Matmour opened the scoring inside five minutes with a close-range header, before a good team effort resulted in Sebastian Jung making it 2-0 shortly after.
However, Hannover found a way back into the game, and while Sergio da Silva Pinto's volley and Mario Eggimann's header proved unsuccessful, Mohammed Abdelloue clawed a goal back just before the interval when he put the finishing touches on a quality one-touch move from the visitors.
Frankfurt show no signs of faltering
Nevertheless, Frankfurt were clearly in charge after the break despite Stefan Aigner failing to get the better of the guest's goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, before Japan international Takashi Inui's beautiful drop-kick flew just wide of the post.
In similar fashion to the first half, Hannover got more of a grip the longer the game went. Didier Ya Konan wasted the Niedersachsen side's best opportunity when he was thwarted by Eintracht goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, before Karim Haggui headed over the crossbar. However, Alex Meier's fifth goal of the season eventually decided the encounter when he nodded the ball into the back of the net with little time remaining.
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