Eintracht Frankfurt boosted their top-four ambitions with a comprehensive victory over regional rivals Mainz, who remain in the relegation play-off position.
Frankfurt 3-0 Mainz
Goals: 1-0 Boateng (6’), 2-0 Jovic (23’), 3-0 Rebic (41’)
Determined to put Sunday’s 3-2 defeat at Borussia Dortmund firmly behind them, Frankfurt took control of proceedings early on and opened the scoring after just six minutes when Mainz goalkeeper Florian Müller allowed Kevin-Prince Boateng’s low volley to slip through his fingers at his near post. Luka Jovic slotted home Ante Rebic’s cross to double Eintracht’s lead midway through the first half, before Rebic added a third with a cool finish four minutes before the interval.
The effervescent Jovic was unlucky not to add to his tally at the start of the second half, twice firing straight at Müller from close range before blazing over the bar from another pin-point Rebic cross. The Benfica loanee then struck the underside of the crossbar from the edge of the box, with goal-line technology ruling that not all of the ball had crossed the line. It mattered little, though, as Niko Kovac’s side comfortably saw out the closing minutes to climb above Bayer Leverkusen - who travel to Cologne on Sunday - and into the top four.
- Boateng netted his sixth goal of the season, equalling his personal Bundesliga goals record for a single campaign.Jovic and Rebic also registered their sixth league goals of the current campaign.Jetro Willems made his first start of 2018 against Mainz.Only champions in waiting Bayern Munich have conceded fewer goals (18) than Eintracht's 30.Die Adler have now won their last five Bundesliga home games.
Frankfurt: Hradecky – Abraham (c), Hasebe, Falette – De Guzman – da Costa, Boateng (Gacinovic 75’), Jovic, Willems (Fernandes 82’) – Wolf – Rebic (Tawatha 71’)
Unused subs: Zimmermann, Blum, Haller, Russ
Absentees: Mascarell (foot)
Coach: Niko Kovac
Mainz: Müller – Balogun, Gbamin, Diallo – Onisiwo, de Jong (Latza 46’), Serdar, Brosinski (c) - Maxim (Öztunali 46’) – Ujah (Muto 55’), Quaison
Unused subs: Adler, Donati, De Blasis, Hack
Absentees: Zentner (knee), Bungert (muscular)
Coach: Sandro Schwarz
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