Eintracht Frankfurt had Mexican magician Marco Fabian to thank as they came from a goal down to beat Augsburg and finally end their 10-game winless streak.
Eintracht Frankfurt 3-1 Augsburg
Goals: 0-1 Gouweleeuw (9'), 1-1 Fabian (78'), 2-1 Fabian (87'), 3-1 Rebic (90+1')
Frankfurt came into this game against relegation-threatened Augsburg with a 10-game winless streak hanging over them like a cloud. In spite of dominating the early exchanges, they were punished when Ante Rebic gave the ball away cheaply in midfield. Augsburg surged forward, and went ahead as Halil Altintop chipped a ball over the top for Jeffrey Gouweleeuw, who lifted it past Lukas Hradecky and in off the post for 1-0. Rebic almost made amends shortly afterwards but couldn't keep his header down from a corner, while Marco Fabian's stinging drive was blocked by Marwin Hitz as the visitors went in a goal to the good at half-time.
Niko Kovac rang the changes at half time, bringing on Taleb Tawatha and Shani Tarashaj for Aymen Barkok and Andersson Ordonez. With Tawatha providing added menace down the left, the Eagles continued to push for an equaliser, but it looked like it was going to be another one of those days as Rebic spurned a host of chances. Fabian finally made the breakthrough with 12 minutes to go after sneaking in behind the defence to nod past Hitz, and the Mexican doubled up nine minutes later to send the home fans into raptures. Rebic got the goal he deserved after racing onto a poor backpass at the death, and Frankfurt finally got their season back on track with a first win since February.
Man of the Match
It looked as though Frankfurt were going to slump to an 11th straight Bundesliga game without victory, but Fabian had other ideas. In the space of nine minutes, the Mexican maestro finally found a way past Hitz, before putting the Eagles on course for a long-awaited and much-needed win at the Commerzbank Arena.
For the first time in over two months, then, Frankfurt have won a Bundesliga game - and it could be just the shot in the arm they need heading into the final sprint. As well as boosting their European hopes, it should raise morale ahead of Tuesday's DFB Cup semi-final at Borussia Mönchengladbach.
- In their 200th Bundesliga outing, Augsburg missed the chance to extend their club-record unbeaten run against Frankfurt, which had stood at eight games.With his assist for Gouweleeuw, Halil Altintop has now set up at least one goal in every Bundesliga campaign he has featured in since 2004/05 – that's 11 seasons running.Marco Fabian notched his very first Bundesliga brace.
Frankfurt: Hradecky – Chandler, Abraham (c), Ordonez (Tarashaj 46'), Oczipka – Gacinovic, Mascarell - Rebic, Fabian – Hrgota (Seferovic 73'), Barkok (Tawatha 46')
Coach: Niko Kovac
Augsburg: Hitz - Verhaegh (c) (Rieder 75'), Gouweleeuw (Leitner 81'), Hinteregger, Max - Danso, Baier - Schmid, Halil Altintop, Usami (Günther-Schmidt 57') - Ji
Coach: Manuel Baum
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