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German Bundesliga

(ATT 30,000) 28th April 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: K Kircher

Mainz Mainz vs Eintracht Frankfurt Frankfurt

Mainz 0


Frankfurt up to fifth

Last Updated: 28/04/13 8:31pm

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Nikolce Noveski vies with Olivier Occean

Nikolce Noveski vies with Olivier Occean

Eintracht Frankfurt edged up to fifth in the Bundesliga thanks to a goalless draw in a keenly-contested local derby at Mainz.

Both goalkeepers were kept busy in an entertaining goalless draw which at least ended Mainz's three-game losing streak, although it leaves them five points adrift of the top six.

The point takes Frankfurt above Freiburg into fifth and still on course for a place in Europe next season.

Oka Nikolov was Frankfurt's hero against Schalke a week ago and the 38-year-old showed no indication that he was going to be beaten this time either as he convincingly grasped Bo Svensson's second-minute effort.

He was beaten by Nicolai Muller in the 24th minute, but the Mainz midfielder's shot also fell the wrong side of the post.

Frankfurt were not only defending, though, and Alexander Meier, back in the side after injury, forced a fine save out of Christian Wetklo at the other end just before half time.

Andreas Ivanschitz saw his goal ruled out for offside early in the second half as Mainz started to gain the upper hand.

The Austrian then sent in a cross which Zdenek Pospech headed towards goal, but Nikolov plucked the ball out of the air.

Wetklo prevented Sebastian Rode from giving Frankfurt the lead in the 82nd minute as Frankfurt responded late on.

A cross from Constant Djakpa almost found Olivier Occean in the six-yard box as Wetklo's goal started to come under more of a threat, but there was ultimately nothing between the local rivals, who had to settle for a draw.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 23 58
2 Wolfsburg 23 50
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 23 40
4 Bayer Leverkusen 23 36
5 Schalke 23 35
6 FC Augsburg 23 35
7 Hoffenheim 23 33
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 23 31
9 Werder Bremen 23 30
10 Borussia Dortmund 23 28
11 Hannover 96 23 27
12 Mainz 23 25
13 Cologne 23 25
14 Hertha Berlin 23 24
15 Hamburg 23 24
16 SC Paderborn 07 23 23
17 SC Freiburg 23 22
18 Stuttgart 23 19