The hosts were looking to bounce back from their heavy defeat to Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 4, but they were undone in the 14th minute by Vaclev Kadlec’s opener. Takashi Inui slipped through Bastian Oczipka on the left and the full-back’s cross from the byline was tapped in at the near post by the summer signing from AC Sparta Praha.
Things got worse for Bremen just over ten minutes later when Franco Di Santo was shown a straight red card for a high challenge on Oczipka. The Eagles wasted no time in making their one-man advantage count: Sebastian Jung’s cross found an unmarked Kadlec, who headed home his second goal of the afternoon and his third in two games for Frankfurt.
Hunt misses penalty
Bremen were given a chance to reduce the deficit in the second half when Aaron Hunt was felled inside the box by Marco Russ. Hunt took the penalty, but his effort from 12 yards was saved by Kevin Trapp. Kadlec almost clinched his hat-trick at the other end when the ball landed at his feet ten yards from goal following a corner, but Cedric Makiadi managed to clear the ball off the line.
Frankfurt’s second victory of the season was sealed late on when Sebastian Prödl diverted the ball past his own keeper after Kadlec had failed to make contact with Jung’s cross, completing a miserable afternoon for Bremen.
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