Florian Niederlechner scored twice as Freiburg came from a goal down to inflict a fourth successive Bundesliga defeat on Eintracht Frankfurt.
Frankfurt 1-2 Freiburg
Goals: 1-0 Hrgota (11'), 1-1 Niederlechner (25'), 1-2 Niederlechner (59')
Branimir Hrgota's composed finish got Frankfurt off to a flying start, but after Danny Blum missed a chance to make it two, Freiburg levelled. Nicolas Höfler’s fine through-ball split the home defence in two, allowing Niederlechner to race clear, round Lukas Hradecky and fire home into the empty net. Ante Rebic did have the ball in the Freiburg net before the half was up, but the goal was ruled out for a foul on visiting goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow.
Sensing luck might be on their side, Freiburg went ahead for the first time early in the second half. The Frankfurt players appealed for offside as Vincenzo Grifo slipped in Niederlechner, who finished with aplomb to bring up his seventh Bundesliga goal of the campaign. Niko Kovac called on the cavalry in a desperate attempt to turn the tide, but there was to be no divine intervention from resident 'Football God' Alexander Meier, whose last-gasp effort was brilliantly repelled by Schwolow.
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That's four Bundesliga defeats on the spin for Frankfurt, who are now in danger of falling out of the European reckoning altogether. The sixth-placed Eagles travel to Bayern Munich next weekend with Cologne, Freiburg and Borussia Mönchengladbach hot on their coat-tails.
- Freiburg recorded only their third away win of the season.Niederlechner's equaliser was Freiburg's 300th away goal in the Bundesliga. Freiburg defender Marc-Oliver Kempf won for the first time in the Bundesliga, on his 20th appearance.
Frankfurt: Hradecky - Hector, Hasebe (c), Oczipka - Chandler, Mascarell, Tawatha (Barkok 64') - Gacinovic (Meier 80') - Blum, Rebic (Tarashaj 74') - Hrgota
Coach: Niko Kovac
Freiburg: Schwolow - Kübler, Guide, Kempf, Günter - Schuster (c) (Torrejon 85'), Höfler (Abrashi 83') - Frantz, Grifo - Haberer, Niederlechner (Petersen 85')
Coach: Christian Streich
Watch: Makoto Hasebe was keen to put the team first despite breaking Yasuhiko Okudera's record for Bundesliga appearances by a Japanese player: