Eintracht Frankfurt moved back up to third in the standings, courtesy of a comfortable 2-0 win over SV Darmstadt 98 in the Hessen-Derby.
Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 SV Darmstadt 98
With rock-bottom Darmstadt pointless on the road all season and still smarting from their 6-1 humbling at the hands of 1. FC Köln last time out, the form books clearly favoured Frankfurt. Eintracht duly dominated for large spells and threatened through Rebic and Mijat Gacinovic, but Darmstadt were not without chances of their own - Peter Niemeyer spooning the clearest-cut of the bunch over from close range.
Frankfurt locked down possession after the restart, with only an offside decision denying Branimir Hrgota the opening goal. The Eagles did not have to wait long for the breakthrough, however, with Alexander Milosevic conceding a penalty for a foul on Jesus Vallejo. Hasebe made no mistake from the spot, before Rebic sealed the points with his first Bundesliga goal.
Man of the match
Frankfurt’s water carrier, Gacinovic did not stop running and was a real nuisance in the final third.
Without a win in their last 11 Bundesliga matches, Darmstadt are in real danger of being cast adrift at the foot of the standings. The Lilies trail 16th-placed Hamburger SV by seven points, ahead of unfavourable fixtures against Borussia Dortmund and TSG 1899 Hofffenheim.
- Hasebe's last Bundesliga goal came against Darmstadt on 30 April 2016.Frankfurt scored their first penalty of the season.Rebic registered a match-high five efforts on goal.
Frankfurt: Hradecky - Abraham, Hasebe, Vallejo - Chandler, Oczipka - Gacinovic (Barkok 85'), Mascarell (Besuschkow 88') - Rebic - Hrgota (Tarashaj 75'), Meier (c)
Coach: Niko Kovac
Darmstadt: Esser - Fedetskyy, Milosevic, Sulu (c), Holland - Niemeyer (Altintop 79'), Gondorf - Sam (Sirigu 62'), Rosenthal, Heller - Boyd (Colak 68')
Coach: Torsten Frings
Watch: Makoto Hasebe on why he took spot-kick duties off of Alex Meier.