RB Leipzig-bound Davie Selke chested home the only goal of the game in the second half, after Franco Di Santo, Zlatko Junuzovic, Izet Hajrovic and Theo Gebre Selassie had all gone close for die Werderaner.
The hosts, buoyed by last weekend’s come-from-behind draw at Paderborn, almost took the lead mid-way through the first half when Di Santo headed Jakob Sternberg’s cross inches over the bar. Junuzovic then went close with a low drive from the edge of the penalty area, but despite their obvious territorial advantage, the teams headed into the break with the score level.
Werder continued to dominate after the restart and were only denied an opener by an outstanding double save from Kevin Trapp, who smothered Gebre Selassie’s follow-up after parrying Hajrovic’s effort into the path of the Czech Republic international. Selke finally put Viktor Skripnik’s side in front when he forced the ball home via his chest in the 66th minute, and the 20-year-old’s fortuitous strike proved to be the winner as Werder closed the gap on the top six and left Frankfurt’s European ambitions hanging by a thread.
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