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Leverkusen lose, Frankfurt win in German Bundesliga

English.news.cn   2014-03-24 08:56:45

BERLIN, March 23 (Xinhua) -- Hoffenheim's Anthony Modeste stun Leverkusen with a last grasp 3-2 winner while Frankfurt moved away from relegation zone owing to their 5-2 win over Nuremberg to close the 26th round of the German Bundesliga on Sunday.

Leverkusen wait for their first win since nine games as Hoffenheim snatched a late victory on home soil. It is the first ever win for Hoffenheim over Leverkusen.

Leverkusen and Hoffenheim staged a see-saw match, but yet a penalty had to break the deadlock after a handball by Roberto Hilbert that allowed Sejad Salihovic to convert from the spot at the 14th minute.

Leverkusen needed some time to recover from the shock but Stefan Kiessling restored parity at the 39th minute when he headed home a cross by Emir Spahic. However, the visitors remained unimpressed and responded just one minute later through Kevin Volland, who curled the 2-1 lead from 16 meters.

After the restart Leverkusen's Simon Rolfes put his side back on the right track when he slotted home a rebound at the 54th minute.

Both sides had their chances to grab a late winner but the good fortune was on Hoffenheim's side as Anthony Modeste flabbergasted the hosts in the dying minutes of the game.

After the match Leverkusen stay on fourth position with 44 points whereas Hoffenheim remain on 10th place with 32 points

Frankfurt moved away from the drop zone thanks to a vital 5-2 victory over Nuremberg that slipped on second to last position of the Bundesliga table.

Both sides staged a rough opening period yet goal-scoring opportunities remained a rare occurrence. Nonetheless things changed at the 21st minute when Tranquillo Barnetta gave the "Eagles" the lead following a square pass by Stefan Aigner.

The hosts tried to respond but it were Frankfurt that doubled the lead four minutes into the second half as Joselu utilized Aigner's second assists of the day. To make things worse for the hosts, Armin Veh's men extended the lead after Alexander Madlung made it 3-0 with a poachers goal.

Despite a 3-0 deficit Nuremberg took the reins, as Frankfurt seemed content with their lead, to punish the visitors when Josip Drmic pulled one back hammering home from 14 meters into the top left corner at the 64th minute.

Frankfurt was out of sorts and Nuremberg reduced the arrears to 3-2 when Jose Campana pounced from 28 meters into the bottom left at the 72nd minute.

Nuremberg's Javier Pinola got his marching orders at the 80th minutes. The dismissal weakened the hosts as Frankfurt added another two goals when Joselu and Vaclav Kadlec rounded off the 5-2 victory on the road.

Frankfurt climb from 13th to 12th position with 29 points whilst Nuremberg slump from 15th to 17th place with 23 points.

Editor: Yamei Wang
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