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Commerzbank Arena (ATT 51,500) 1st March 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: D Aytekin

Frankfurt Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach M'gladbach

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Monchengladbach edge out Eintracht

Last Updated: 01/03/13 9:49pm

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Luuk de Jong celebrates scoring the only goal

Luuk de Jong celebrates scoring the only goal

Borussia Monchengladbach moved into the top six of the Bundesliga thanks to a narrow win over fourth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt.

Luuk de Jong's goal midway through the first half was enough for Lucien Favre's side to take all three points from the Waldstadion with a performance reminiscent of their best from last season.

The Foals relied on a strong and efficient counter-attacking style to snatch all three points and to move into the frame for a second straight season in the Europa League, while Frankfurt will drop out of the top four this weekend if Freiburg win in Nurnberg.

Gladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen got an early touch of the ball when he collected Takashi Inui's weak shot in the first minute.

He did not have much more work to do as his defence kept Frankfurt at a safe distance from his goal while the visitors waited patiently for their chances on the counter attack.

When opportunity knocked, it was usually Amin Younes seeking out the killer pass, finding one in the 19th minute to send Filip Daems through wide left, but his low cross was behind both De Jong and Patrick Herrmann.

Two minutes later, Herrmann pulled the ball back to Younes, whose shot was deflected wide for a corner.

From the set-piece, Gladbach took the lead with Thorben Marx heading the ball on at the far post to De Jong, who headed in from eight yards out.

Younes tried his luck from distance early in the second half when he saw Kevin Trapp had drifted off his line, but he missed the target considerably.

At the other end, Ter Stegen remained a spectator as Inui blazed a shot over his goal.

Gladbach continued to sit deep and break in numbers with Younes only just failing to get the ball through to De Jong as the Foals continued to pose the greater threat with their rare attacks.

Frankfurt then missed the chance to level in the last minute when Alexander Meier headed wide with practically his first sight of goal, which was too little, too late for the Eagles.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 31 76
2 Wolfsburg 31 62
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 60
4 Bayer Leverkusen 31 58
5 Schalke 31 45
6 FC Augsburg 31 43
7 Werder Bremen 31 42
8 Hoffenheim 31 41
9 Borussia Dortmund 31 40
10 Mainz 31 37
11 Cologne 31 36
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 36
13 Hertha Berlin 31 34
14 Hamburg 31 31
15 SC Paderborn 07 31 31
16 SC Freiburg 31 30
17 Hannover 96 31 30
18 Stuttgart 31 27