Frankfurt upsets Leverkusen in Bundesliga
Berlin (Germany), January 3: Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to grab its second straight win after beating Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 at the kick-off of the 14th round in Bundesliga on Saturday.
The "Eagles" started highly motivated into their first encounter of 2021 and tried to disrupt Leverkusen's rhythm in the opening stages.
Leverkusen remained unimpressed though and needed only 10 minutes to break the deadlock as Nadiem Amiri beat Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp from six meters with a back-heel effort.
The "Werkself" focused on their offensive style of play but disregarded their defense. Hence, Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky had to be on guard to deny Makoto Hasebe in the 21st minute.
Leverkusen's custodian was hapless moments later after Djibril Sow's through ball found Amin Younes, who remained cool and slotted the ball past Hradecky to restore parity from inside the box.
The host should have turned the tides before halftime but an unmarked Kamada pulled over the target from very close range 39 minutes into the clash.
Frankfurt secured a fairy-tale start to the second half as Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba cleared a dangerous square pass from Kamada into the wrong goal with 54 minutes gone.
Leverkusen head coach Peter Bosz made amendments and fielded more offensive power with Kerem Demirbay, Karim Bellarabi, and Lucas Alario coming on. However, it was still the visitors who created the clear-cut chances as Kamada unleashed a volley on target.
Leverkusen staged an uninspired performance and its best chance after the restart came in the 82nd minute when Frankfurt's defender Martin Hinteregger deflected Bellarabi's cross onto the crossbar.
The chance was a wake-up call for the harmless visitors but neither Patrik Schick nor Tapsoba was able to overcome Frankfurt's well-positioned defense in the closing stages.
"It is a deserved defeat for us. Frankfurt was the better team as they wanted the win from the start. I am disappointed because we should not have lost here but we lacked in the will to win," Leverkusen's head coach Peter Bosz said.
With the result, Bayer Leverkusen stays in the 2nd spot for the moment meanwhile Eintracht Frankfurt climb to 8th place.
Elsewhere, Freiburg extended its unbeaten run to six games after edging Hoffenheim 3-1.
Union Berlin jumped to 4th place for now as goals from Sheraldo Becker and Taiwo Awoniyi downed Werder Bremen 2-0.
Iago's sole goal was enough for Augsburg to move past Cologne while Borussia Monchengladbach returned to winning ways after defeating newly-promoted Arminia Bielefeld 1-0.