Frankfurt knocks down Bayern Munich from 10 men 5-1 in the Bundesliga
SEDAN: Eintracht Frankfurt crushed 10 men Bayern Munich 5-1 on Saturday to send them to fourth position in the Bundesliga , four points behind leader Borussia Moenchengladbach who won 2-1 at Bayer Leverkusen.
The Bavarians, who have clinched the last seven league titles, have now won just one of their last four Bundesliga matches.
The strong defeat of Saturday in the 500th game of Thomas Mueller in all competitions for Bayern leaves the future of besieged coach Niko Kovac in doubt.
I can not say it. You have to ask other people, Kovac said when asked if he still enjoyed the support of Bayern bosses.
I can't blame the team. With the red card, all our plans went out the window. We were 2-0 behind and we had phases in which we dominated possession. But after falling 3-1, we deserved to lose.
You could see again today that we make simple mistakes that are instantly punished, said Kovac, a former Frankfurt coach, who angered Bayern fans this week by praising fans of his former club as the best in the league.
The first half goals of Filip Kostic and Djibril Sow put the hosts in the driver's seat with Bayern until 10 after the dismissal in the ninth minute of Jerome Boateng with a red card for a foul.
The Bavarians briefly cut the deficit in the 37th minute through Bundesliga top scorer Robert Lewandowski, who has now netted at least once in each of their 10 league games.
The Polish striker took his league account to 14 goals, but David Abraham restored the mattress of two goals from Frankfurt at age 49.
The header of Martin Hinteregger on the hour made sure of the three points and Goncalo Patience completed a horrible afternoon for Bayern, accumulating more pressure on the champions before the big clash next week with Borussia Dortmund.
Gladbach, with 22 points, increased his lead in the top three to Dortmund, who beat Vfl Wolfsburg 3-0 to break his unbeaten streak in the league and move to second place.
Marcus Thuram won the clinical Gladbach winner after Kevin Volland canceled Oscar Wendt's lead for the Foals with all goals in the first half.
RB Leipzig knocked down Mainz 05 8-0 to be third with 18, ahead of Bayern by goal difference.
The first ever Bundesliga derby between promoted Union and Hertha Berlin never lived up to the hype but offered a dramatic finale with the Bundesliga newcomers snatching victory and bragging rights in the capital with a 90th minute Sebastian Polter penalty.
The game was interrupted for several minutes in the second half after flares were thrown at the Alte Foersterei Stadium in Union.
The last time two Berlin clubs met in the Bundesliga was back in the 1976/77 season when Hertha played Tennis Borussia Berlin.