Stefan Aigner (l.) has scored in successive games, after failing to find the target until Matchday 32. - © gettyimages
Stefan Aigner (l.) has scored in successive games, after failing to find the target until Matchday 32. - © gettyimages
Bundesliga

Opportune Aigner gives Frankfurt survival boost with Dortmund win

Stefan Aigner's second goal in as many weeks means Eintracht Frankfurt are in control of their own destiny after a 1-0 win over Borussia Dortmund on Matchday 33.

Rising to the occasion

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Despite climbing out of the bottom two with a derby win at SV Darmstadt 98 last week, the true test of the Eagles' survival hopes was still to come. Dortmund, still challenging for the title, were due to pay the Commerzbank Arena a visit on Matchday 33, before Frankfurt's trip to fellow strugglers SV Werder Bremen on the final day.

That run-in presented a daunting prospect - before Aigner, the man for the big occasions, stepped up. The 28-year-old's winner against Darmstadt was only his second goal of the season, and with Frankfurt's Bundesliga future still on the line on Saturday it was he who struck for the second time in as many weeks to put Niko Kovac's men in command of their own destiny with a 1-0 victory.

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