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Commerzbank Arena (ATT 51,500) 16th September 2012 - Kick off 16:30 Ref: W Stark

Frankfurt Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hamburg Hamburg

Frankfurt 3

T Inui (13)
O Occean (18)
S Aigner (52)

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Hamburg 2

H Westermann (45)
P Jiracek (S/O 45+2)
H Son (63)

Three from three for Frankfurt

Last Updated: 16/09/12 6:56pm

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Frankfurt made it nine points out of nine

Frankfurt made it nine points out of nine

Eintracht Frankfurt made it three wins out of three and spoiled Rafael van der Vaart's second Hamburg debut with a 3-2 at the Waldstadion.

Armin Veh's Bundesliga newcomers signalled their intentions with two goals inside five first-half minutes from Takashi Inui and Olivier Occean.

Hamburg pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time through Heiko Westermann, but they also lost Petr Jiracek to a red card before the interval.

Aigner gave Frankfurt a two-goal cushion to sit on in the 52nd minute, but Heung Min Son made a game of it by scoring a second for Hamburg in the 63rd minute, setting up a tense finale in which Frankfurt held on to join Bayern Munich in a share of top spot.

Veh said he did not want to dampen the enthusiasm after his side's back-to-back wins on their return to the top flight and Inui added to it with the opening goal in the 13th minute.

A defensive mix-up let the Japanese forward in and he provided a composed finish after entering the penalty area.

Five minutes later, a capacity crowd was on its feet again when Canadian striker Occean pounced on a loose ball inside the penalty area following a corner to make it two.

Van der Vaart, making his second debut for Hamburg and welcomed like the Messiah in the northern Germany city, could not fathom a way out of the mire either, so coach Thorsten Fink sent Dennis Diekmeier on for Michael Mancienne.

It had the desired effect with Westermann pulling a goal back just before half time when he powered Artjoms Rudnevs' knock down in from Van der Vaart's corner.

Hamburg's joy was short lived, though, with Jiracek given his marching orders in first-half stoppage time for a crude foul on Anderson.

Frankfurt soon took advantage of the extra man to re-establish a two-goal lead in the 52nd minute with Aigner rounding off an excellent team move involving Alexander Meier and Pirmin Schwegler by lifting the ball over Rene Adler in the Hamburg goal.

Son reduced the arrears just 10 minutes later with Van der Vaart setting up the South Korean striker to dribble round Kevin Trapp and stroke the ball home.

However, Fink's side were unable to find an equaliser as they remained stuck to the foot of the table with three defeats in as many games.

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Table

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 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
8 Hoffenheim 16 23
9 Hannover 96 16 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 16 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 16 14