Sebastien Haller scored for the seventh game running as Eintracht Frankfurt maintained their charge at the top of the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win in Augsburg.
Augsburg 1-3 Eintracht Frankfurt
Goals: 0-1 De Guzman (1'). 0-2 Haller (47'), 0-3 Rebic (68'), 1-3 Cordova (90')
Augsburg's 250th game in the Bundesliga could hardly have got off to a worse start with the guests taking the lead with their first attack. Sebastien Haller, who with eight goals and five assists coming into the game had had a hand in more goals than any other Bundesliga player this season, improved his own record by teeing up Jonathan De Guzman to open the scoring within 60 seconds. An injury deprived Frankfurt of their captain David Abraham within five minutes, with Marco Russ taking his place, and he was put to the test by an Augsburg attack keen to restore parity, but thwarted time and time again in an entertaining opening 45 minutes.
In almost a carbon copy of the start of the first half, Frankfurt struck early in the second period with Haller this time putting the finishing touch to a pass from Luka Jovic, this time within two minutes of the restart. The script continued to reflect that of the first half, with Augsburg asking the questions, until a twist came midway through with Rebic putting the result beyond any doubt. His fifth goal of the season was arguably his easiest as he tapped Danny Da Costa's cross into an unguarded goal. The hosts fought spiritedly for at least a consolation, and Kevin Trapp was denied his own piece of glory with a clean sheet when Cordova grabbed a deserved late goal for Augsburg.
- Frankfurt started with an unchanged side for the third game in a row – the last time they didn't change in three games was four years ago under Thomas Schaaf.Julian Schieber made his starting debut for Augsburg – his first Bundesliga start since December 2016 with Hertha Berlin.Haller found the back of the net for the seventh consecutive game in the Bundesliga.With nine goals and six assists, Haller has had a hand in more goals than any other Bundesliga player this season.The last Frankfurt player to have nine goals after 12 games was Alexander Meier six years ago; only Theofanis Gekas has ever had a better record at this stage of the season for the Eagles, with 11 goals in 2010.
Augsburg: Luthe – Schmid, Gouweleeuw, Hinteregger, Max – Khedira, Baier (c) – Jensen (Richter 46'), Gregoritsch (Cordova 82'), Caiuby – Schieber (Koo 72')
Unused subs: Leneis, Ji, Framberger, Danso
Absentees: Moravek (fascia)
Coach: Manuel Baum
Frankfurt: Trapp – Abraham (c) (Russ 5'), Hasebe, N'Dicka – Fernandes – da Costa (Willems 89'), de Guzman, Kostic – Rebic – Jovic (Gacinovic 78'), Haller
Unused subs: Rönnow, Müller, Tawatha, Hrgota
Absentees: Chandler (knee), Paciencia (knee), Torro (pubic bone)
Coach: Adi Hütter
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