Bielefeld beats Frankfurt to boost Bundesliga survival bid

Published January 23, 2022
FRANKFURT: Eintracht Frankfurt’s Sebastian Rode (bottom R) and Arminia Bielefeld’s Patrick Wimmer vie for the ball during their Bundesliga match at Deutsche Bank Park.—AP
FRANKFURT: Eintracht Frankfurt’s Sebastian Rode (bottom R) and Arminia Bielefeld’s Patrick Wimmer vie for the ball during their Bundesliga match at Deutsche Bank Park.—AP

FRANKFURT: Patrick Wimmer scored one goal and set up another as Arminia Bielefeld surprisingly beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 on Friday to boost their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga.

Frankfurt were slow to close down Bielefeld’s players on the edge of the box for the opening goal, scored in the fifth minute when a deflection found Wimmer in position to score past goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who was playing on his return after a positive test for the coronavirus.

Wimmer produced another moment of skill in the 27th with a flicked cross to the near post which Alessandro Scohpf knocked into the goal using his chest for his first league goal since 2018. Frankfurt created plenty of chances to score but its finishing was generally wayward.

The win provisionally lifts Bielefeld up two places to 14th in the 18-team Bundesliga and away from the relegation zone as they aim for a third consecutive season in the top tier on one of the league’s smallest budgets.

Frankfurt had been hoping to step up their challenge for the Champions League places but stayed eighth and winless in three games this month, a drop in form after finishing 2021 with six wins in seven games.

Published in Dawn, January 23rd, 2022

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