Five goals from an on-fire Luka Jovic helped Eintracht Frankfurt coast to a third straight Bundesliga win and burst into the top six with a 7-1 triumph over Fortuna Düsseldorf on Friday night.
Frankfurt 7-1 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Goals: 1-0 Haller (21' pen.), 2-0 Jovic (27'), 3-0 Jovic (34'), 4-0 Haller (50'), 4-1 Lukebakio (53'), 5-1 Jovic (55'), 6-1 Jovic (69'), 7-1 Jovic (72')
Frankfurt were oozing confidence from their recent revival which, including their UEFA Europa League win over Lazio, had seen them win their past three games in a row. It took them just 21 minutes to take the lead at the Commerzbank Arena with Sebastien Haller converting a penalty which had been awarded by Video Assist. Filip Kostic's fine cross was turned in acrobatically by Jovic to make it two, before the inspired Serbian grabbed his second of the game from a Haller assist to give the hosts a comfortable lead with ten minutes still to be played in the first half.
Their lead was raised to four goals when Haller joined Jovic on a brace, keeping his composure and confidence to chip past Michael Rensing. Fortuna's half-time substitute Ngandoli Lukebakio grabbed a consolation minutes later, but any joy at that goal was short lived with Jovic restoring the Eagles' four-goal advantage within two minutes. An injury to Kevin Trapp, which saw the German custodian leave the field before an hour was up, slightly dampened Frankfurt's spirits, but Jovic lifted them again with his fourth as Fortuna were hit for six. Jovic was not done there, though, and he headed in a Haller cross to put the cherry on top of a magnificent night for both him and for high-flying Frankfurt.
- Eintracht have scored at least once in all eight of their Bundesliga matches so far this season, but have only kept one clean sheet.Sebastian Haller maintained his 100 per cent record from the spot with his fourth successful penalty in the Bundesliga. It was his first Bundesliga brace.Conversely, Michael Rensing has now been beaten with all 18 penalties he has faced in Germany's top flight.Jovic has scored in each of Frankfurt's last four fixtures; this was, however, the first time he scored more than one in a Bundesliga game.Jovic became the first Frankfurt player ever to score five goals in a Bundesliga fixture, and the first player since Robert Lewandowski (against Wolfsburg on 22 September 2015) to score five in a Bundesliga fixture.With eight goals, this was the Bundesliga's highest-scoring game this season, after Borussia Dortmund's 7-0 win against Nuremberg and 4-3 victory over Augsburg.
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Frankfurt: Trapp (Rönnow 58') – Abraham (c), Hasebe, N'Dicka – Da Costa, Torro (Stendera 46'), Kostic – De Guzman, Gacinovic – Jovic (Hrgota 86'), Haller
Unused substitutes: Russ, Willems, Allan, Müller
Absentees: Chandler (knee), Geraldes (back), Paciencia (knee), Rebic (suspended), Salcedo (ankle), Fabian (fitness)
Coach: Adi Hütter
Fortuna: Rensing – Zimmermann, Ayhan, Bodzek (c) (Lukebakio 46'), Kaminski, Zimmer – Morales, Sobottka (Barkok 46') – Stöger – Raman, Ducksch
Unused substitutes: Theißen, Gießelmann, Hennings, Bormuth, Usami
Absentees: Contento (ankle), Fink (calf), Hoffmann (concussion), Karaman (thigh), Wolf (nerve inflammation), Wiesner (pubic bone)
Coach: Friedhelm Funkel