Timothy Chandler provided two assists on his injury comeback as Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to beat Hamburg 2-1 on Matchday 16.
Hamburg 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
Goals: 1-0 Papadopoulos (9'), 1-1 Wolf (16'), 1-2 Gacinovic (24')
Although Hamburg were first to strike through a Kyriakos Papadopoulos header in the ninth minute, the visitors kept their heads up and started seeing plenty of joy up the right flank. Timothy Chandler constantly found opportunities to cross balls into Hamburg's box, and managed to find Marius Wolf (16') and Mijat Gacinovic (24') as Frankfurt turned the game on its head.
Hamburg did not hold back in their search of an equalizer in the second half. Lukas Hradecky saved a close-range shot from Jann-Fiete Arp, while a Dennis Diekmeier goal was disallowed for offside. Frankfurt kept HSV at bay, though, as Niko Kovac's men moved to within three points of second-placed RB Leipzig.
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The timing of Chandler's comeback could not have been better for Frankfurt. The USA right-back was instrumental in Niko Kovac's strategy, and repaid his coach's trust with two assists that keep Eintracht's European dream alive.
- Frankfurt currently hold the the best away record in the league (18 points) ahead of Bayern Munich (16 points).Hamburg's longest unbeaten run of the campaign (three matches) ended tonight.For the first time under Markus Gisdol, HSV had kept three clean sheets on the bounce, but that ended tonight. They have still not kept four clean sheets in a row in over ten years.Hamburg have picked up 11 of their 15 points at the Volksparkstadion.Both Hamburg’s last two games ended goalless. They have never registered three consecutive 0-0 draws in the Bundesliga.Frankfurt are unbeaten in their last eleven games against Hamburg, who managed to score against Eintracht for the first time in the teams’ last five meetings.
Hamburg: Mathenia - Diekmeier, Mavraj (Schipplock (83'), Papadopoulos (c), Douglas Santos – Walace (Ekdal 36'), Jung– Waldschmidt (Ito 67'), Hunt, Kostic – Arp
Unused subs: Drongelen, Hahn, Pollersbeck, Sakai
Absentees: Müller (knee), Wood (knee), Thoelke (knee), Salihovic (illness)
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Frankfurt: Hradecky – Russ, Abraham (c) (Salcedo 8'), Falette – Chandler, Wolf, Fernandes, Tawatha – Gacinovic (Barkok 46') – Rebic, Jovic (Boateng 62')
Unused subs: Zimmermann, Haller, Stendera, Hrgota
Absentees: Meier (ankle), Fabian (back), Mascarell (Achilles), Mbouhom (knee), De Guzman (shoulder)
Coach: Niko Kovac