Bundesliga

Hrgota double helps Frankfurt past Mainz

Goals from Branimir Hrgota and Aymen Barkok made sure Eintracht Frankfurt beat their local rivals1. FSV Mainz 05 and headed into the Winterpause on a high.

Eintracht Frankfurt 3-0 1. FSV Mainz 05

Goals: 1-0 Hrgota (18'), 2-0 Barkok (75'), 3-0 Hrgota (85')

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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.

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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.