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Commerzbank Arena (ATT 50,400) 5th April 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: W Stark

Frankfurt Eintracht Frankfurt vs Mainz Mainz

Frankfurt 2

Joselu (52)
A Meier (85)

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Mainz 0

Frankfurt boost survival hopes

Last Updated: 05/04/14 5:32pm

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Ja Cheol-Koo is challenged by Marco Russ

Ja Cheol-Koo is challenged by Marco Russ

Eintracht Frankfurt took what could be a decisive step away from relegation danger with a 2-0 win over Mainz in a local derby on Saturday.

Joselu and the returning Alexander Meier scored the goals for Armin Veh's men, who moved eight points clear of the drop zone with five games of the season remaining.

Defeat dented Mainz's hopes of qualifying for the Europa League next season with three points separating them from sixth-placed Wolfsburg, who have a game in hand.

Frankfurt were claiming before the game that their local rivals had stolen a march on them in recent years and that they were no longer the biggest club in the region.

Few were buying it, though, and the way they approached the game was more akin of a team with a great deal of belief in their own strength and superiority.

Stefan Aigner headed the first chance of the game against the post before another header, this time from Joselu, was saved well by Loris Karius.

Mainz did not pose a threat until shortly before half-time when Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting's header was deflected wide.

Kevin Trapp denied Choupo-Moting shortly after the break before Frankfurt took full control of the game, and took the lead in the 52nd minute.

Mainz failed to clear their lines from a free-kick and the ball reached Sebastian Jung on the right. His cross was headed goalwards by Joselu, and although Karius reached the ball, he could not keep it out.

Aigner had the ball in the back of the net again midway through the second half, but the goal was ruled out for offside.

The game was therefore still delicately poised with Mainz becoming increasingly dangerous until Meier sealed the win.

Jung's pass to Aigner split the Mainz defence and set up Meier, who was left with only Karius to beat, and he marked his return after a injury with a goal to seal Frankfurt's win, and probably their place in the Bundesliga next season.

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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