Bundesliga

Frankfurt grind out vital win against Dortmund

Relegation-threatened Eintracht Frankfurt withstood a second-half onslaught against Borussia Dortmund to hold on for three crucial points in their battle to escape the drop.

Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 Borussia Dortmund

Goals:1-0 Aigner (14')

An attacking Dortmund side really took the game to their hosts in the opening few minutes, but it was Frankfurt who had the first chance of the match. A flying half-volley by Luc Castaignos forced Roman Bürki into a spectacular save early on. That gave the home side the impetus to pile on the pressure and they took the lead just before the quarter-hour mark. Stefan Aigner rose highest to crash a header into the net following a corner. Frankfurt continued to defend deep and wait for their chances on the break. Dortmund struggled to find many meaningful openings but did almost level things up on the stroke of half time. Mats Hummels flicked a long Nuri Sahin through ball over the onrushing Lukas Hradecky and into the net, but the referee ruled it out for offside.

Just after the restart, Hummels went close once again, but this time his header was tipped onto the bar by Hradecky’s outstretched right hand. Dortmund remained camped out inside Frankfurt’s half for most of the second 45 minutes, but just couldn’t find a way to break down a tenacious and solid Frankfurt back-line. A nerve-racking final ten minutes saw Dortmund huff and puff but fail to find a breakthrough as Frankfurt secured a vital victory.

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Line-ups

Frankfurt: Hradecky - Regäsel, Abraham, Russ, Oczipka, Djakpa - Hasebe, Huszti - Aigner (Stendera 83’), Ben-Hatira (Chandler 59’) - Castaignos

Dortmund: Bürki - Durm (Sokratis 46’), Bender, Hummels (Pulisic 65’), Schmelzer - Sahin - Mkhitaryan, Kagawa - Reus, Aubameyang (Castro 65’) - Ramos