- Hrgota fires Frankfurt ahead on 18 minutes.
- Mainz reduced to 10 men after Cordoba is sent off.
- Barkok seals result 15 minutes from time before Hrgota adds another.
Goals: 1-0 Hrgota (18'), 2-0 Barkok (75'), 3-0 Hrgota (85')
Eintracht took the lead a bit less than midway through a finely balanced first half when Branimir Hrgota put the hosts on top in the 18th minute. David Abraham had set him up brilliantly with a long diagonal ball from near the midfield line, and the attacker had only Jonas Lössl to beat; he did, with a low hard shot to the near post. Just six minutes later Jean-Philippe Gbamin came close to levelling the match when he latched on to a Yunus Malli corner. Eintracht keeper Lukas Hradecky kept it out, however - as he did with Malli’s own effort just before the halftime whistle.
Ten minutes after the re-start, the visitors went down to 10 men when Jhon Cordoba was sent off for stepping on Abraham’s ankle while picking himself up off the turf. Substitute Aymen Barkok made it 2-0 with a quarter of an hour left when he collected a nifty back-heeled pass from Hrgota in stride, beat a defender, and rounded Jonas Lössl to fire home from a tight angle. It was the 18-year-old Frankfurt native’s second goal in just his fifth Bundesliga appearance. Barkok returned the favour to Hrgota ten minutes later, setting his teammate up for Frankfurt’s third with a canny pass that put the Swede through on an empty net.
Man of the Match
Branimir Hrgota was quiet for long stretches in this match as his teammates struggled to set him up effectively, but he was loud when it counted. Hrgota’s first half opener gave Frankfurt an edge when the match was even; his assist and second goal in the game’s final phase made the Eagles’ numerical advantage pay off.
Frankfurt had suffered a mini-slump heading into this match - one in which they’d scored just one goal in three winless league matches. They picked a great time to break out of it - busting loose for three goals and moving up the table.
- Mainz are still searching for their first win over a top-half side this season.
- Eintracht have now gone an entire first half of a season without a home defeat for the first time in 24 years.
- Niko Kovac has lost none of his five Bundesliga games against Mainz as a player or coach.
Frankfurt: Hradecky, Chandler, Abraham (c), Vallejo, Oczipka, Mascarell, Hasebe, Gacinovic (Barkok 70’), Rebic (Tarashaj 76’), Fabián, Hrgota.
Coach: Niko Kovac
Mainz: Lössl, Donati, Bell (c), Hack, Brosinski, Gbamin, Latza, Onisiwo (Öztunali 46’), Malli (Jairo 81’), De Blasis (Seydel 81’), Cordoba
Coach: Martin Schmidt
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