Bayer Leverkusen revived their top three hopes after beating Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0. Paulinho and Patrik Schick were on the scoresheet for Leverkusen at the 32nd round in Bundesliga on Monday.
The “Werkself” took the reins from the starting whistle and kept Frankfurt’s sturdy defense busy with counterattacks.
Leverkusen’s strategy paid off as the hosts broke the deadlock with 18 minutes gone when Moussia Diaby raced down the right-wing before sending a square pass to Paulinho, who finished the job from close range.
The home side remained in control and should have doubled the lead, but unmarked Edmond Tabsoba missed the target from a promising position, Schick’s goal was ruled offside, and Robert Andrich pulled wide from inside the box.
Frankfurt showed a sign of life in the closing stages of the first half as Jen Petter Haugs’s solo run and the shot went just wide.
The hosts assumed control after the restart and thought they had doubled their advantage in the 51st minute but Schick’s goal was ruled offside once again.
The Czech international remained in the thick of things and eventually got his name on the scoreboards moments later after tapping home his 22nd goal of the season, following a through ball from Diaby.
Leverkusen’s win was never in danger as the “Eagles” lacked penetration while the host left a few more chances unused in the closing stages of the second half.
With the result, third-placed Leverkusen need just one victory out of the remaining two games to ensure a top-three finish.
“We were a bit under pressure because Freiburg had won yesterday. I think we staged a solid performance overall. Now have everything in our own hands,” said Leverkusen captain Lukas Hradecky.
Elsewhere, RB Leipzig suffered its second straight defeat in Germany’s top flight after losing 3-1 to 10-men Borussia Monchengladbach.
Christopher Nkunku’s goal cancelled out Freiburg’s opener through Breel Embolo before a double-strike from Jonas Hofmann secured Monchengladbach all three points- Advertisement -