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AOL-Arena (ATT 52,523) 2nd February 2013 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: F Zwayer

Hamburg Hamburg vs Eintracht Frankfurt Frankfurt


Frankfurt 2

S Lakic (22, 36)

Lakic marks debut with brace

Last Updated: 02/02/13 7:57pm

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Anderson and Carlos Zambrano lead the celebrations

Anderson and Carlos Zambrano lead the celebrations

Srdjan Lakic marked his Eintracht Frankfurt debut with two goals to inspire Armin Veh's side to a 2-0 win in Hamburg.

Lakic, who arrived in Frankfurt on loan from Wolfsburg just prior to the transfer deadline, grabbed a brace in the first half at the HSV Arena as the Eagles extended their advantage over fifth-placed Mainz to six points and denied Hamburg a place in the top six for the first time all season.

Frankfurt completed the double over Hamburg, inflicting their first home defeat after four wins in a row, and boosting their hopes of playing Champions League football next season.

Lakic first popped up in the danger area in the ninth minute, heading just wide of the post from Sebastian Rode's cross.

Hamburg did not heed the warning, though, and continued to allow the former Kaiserslautern and Wolfsburg forward too much room.

He punished them in the 22nd minute when he poked the ball over the line after reaching Stefan Aigner's ball in front of goal.

He scored his and Frankfurt's second in the 36th minute, heading in Aigner's cross after being left unmarked once again by the Hamburg defence.

Not only did the Hamburg rearguard ignore the threat of Lakic, but they also continued to allow Aigner too much space to create further chances.

And then there was Alexander Meier, who found room to hit the outside of the post early in the second half with the Hamburg defence totally overwhelmed.

Rene Adler prevented Meier from scoring in the 57th minute as Frankfurt threatened a third on the counter-attack with the home team taking even more risks by attacking.

As time ran out, Marcus Berg wasted a good chance to set up a grandstand finish before Meier was again denied by Adler in the dying stages.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15