Bremen End Frankfurt’s Unbeaten Run With Second-Half Fightback

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Soccer Football – Bundesliga – Werder Bremen v Eintracht Frankfurt – Weser-Stadion, Bremen, Germany – February 26, 2021 Werder Bremen’s Maximilian Eggestein in action with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Amin Younes Pool via REUTERS/Patrik Stollarz

Werder Bremen’s United States forward Josh Sargent scored the winner as his struggling side came from a goal down at halftime to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 in the Bundesliga on Friday and hand the visitors a first league defeat of the year.

Victory moved Werder eight points above the relegation zone while ending fourth-placed Frankfurt’s 11-match unbeaten run in the Bundesliga, stretching back to early December.

Bremen, who had won only three of their previous 25 home league games, fought back with a strong second-half performance after Frankfurt had taken a ninth minute lead when Andre Silva headed his 19th goal of the season in the Bundesliga.

Soccer Football – Bundesliga – Werder Bremen v Eintracht Frankfurt – Weser-Stadion, Bremen, Germany – February 26, 2021 Werder Bremen’s Marco Friedl in action with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Andre Silva Pool via REUTERS/Patrik Stollarz

Theodor Gebre Selassie equalised two minutes into after the break, at the end of a flying run down the right flank, but only following a VAR check after initially being flagged offside.

Sargent then grabbed the decisive goal in the 62nd minute, which also required VAR verification before being awarded.

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The hosts had two other efforts ruled out because of offside and in the first half Milot Rashica fired against the crossbar.

Soccer Football – Bundesliga – Werder Bremen v Eintracht Frankfurt – Weser-Stadion, Bremen, Germany – February 26, 2021 Werder Bremen’s Milos Veljkovic in action with Eintracht Frankfurt’s Djibril Sow Pool via REUTERS/Patrik Stollarz

“They were just a little too strong for us after halftime,” said Frankfurt’s veteran captain Makoto Hasebe.

However, they remain well positioned for a berth in next season’s Champions League, five points ahead of fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen, who host Freiburg on Sunday.

Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Ken Ferris; Reuters

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