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Commerzbank Arena (ATT 48,000) 26th March 2014 - Kick off 19:00 Ref: M Grafe

Frankfurt Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Monchengladbach M'gladbach

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Joselu (16)

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Eintracht boost hopes

Last Updated: 28/03/14 6:01pm

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Constant Djakpa (front) and Martin Lanig of Frankfurt celebrate

Constant Djakpa (front) and Martin Lanig of Frankfurt celebrate

Eintracht Frankfurt took a potentially decisive step away from the bottom three thanks to a 1-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach which dents their opponents' hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Eintracht Frankfurt took a potentially decisive step away from the bottom three thanks to a 1-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach which dents their opponents' hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season.

Joselu's goal in the 16th minute was enough to decide the game in the Eagles' favour.

Gladbach left it late to mount a rally, failing to break Frankfurt's resistance as they slipped to sixth, five points behind the top four and only a point ahead of seventh-placed Mainz.

Gladbach did not play with the air of a side who had won their last two games, and had the chance to move into the top four with a win. They were too passive, allowing Frankfurt to attack them, but without showing even a hint of their usual counter-attacking play.

The home side displayed more hunger and they took the lead when Joselu used his upper body strength to hold off Martin Stranzl before shooting past Marc-Andre ter Stegen, after Martin Lanig and Stefan Aigner had engineered the chance.

Gladbach did not react and Frankfurt had chances to increase their lead, the best one falling to Joselu once again - but he shot just inches wide from Aigner's cross.

The visitors finally started to launch some attacks in the second half.

Juan Arango was the source of most of their attacks while it was Max Kruse who was first to take a shot on the Frankfurt goal, missing the target 10 minutes in.

As the visitors started to open up, Frankfurt played them at their own game with a counter-attacking style which carved out several openings, mostly through the enterprising Tranquillo Barnetta.

Gladbach's pressure continued to rise, but Frankfurt looked increasingly firm at the back.

Not even when ter Stegen raced forward for a late free-kick could they find a way through the Frankfurt defence, as the Gladbach goalkeeper fouled his opposite number Kevin Trapp with what proved to be the last chance of the game.

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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

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