Frankfurt edge past Gladbach to move up to second

Eintracht Frankfurt struck at the end of each half to beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 to climb to second place in the Bundesliga and enjoy their best start to a calendar year in 28 years.

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Eintracht Frankfurt players celebrate Kevin-Prince Boateng's opener Source: Getty Images

Kevin-Prince Boateng put the hosts ahead in the 43rd minute and Luka Jovic scored in second-half stoppage-time to lift Frankfurt, with two wins and a draw since the Bundesliga resumed after the winter break earlier this month, to 33 points.

They are two points ahead of Gladbach as well as Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke and RB Leipzig who are in action over the weekend.

Frankfurt went ahead at the end of a lacklustre first half with Boateng's close-range effort.

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They then had to endure Gladbach pressure for much of the second half but hung on for the win.

The visitors could have equalised when Boateng brought down Lars Stindl in the box but instead Thorgan Hazard thundered his 78th-minute penalty onto the crossbar, his first miss this season after converting his previous four spot kicks.

Jovic then struck late to make sure of the three points.

Bayern Munich, top on 47 points, host Hoffenheim on Saturday afternoon (Sunday morning AEDT).


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Published 27 January 2018 at 9:37am
Source: Reuters