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.