Eintracht Frankfurt beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 to move up to 7th in the Bundesliga equal on points with third-placed Bayern Munich.
Eintracht Frankfurt may see the result as some form of revenge after Leverkusen inflicted a 6-1 drubbing on them last season.
Frankfurt was dominated statistically by the visitors. With Leverkusen having 66 percent possession, and 19 shots compared to the host 10.
However, it was Eintracht that made it count when the chases came.
It took only four minutes, for a Costa defence-splitting through ball that Paciencia latched on to.
With a clear run on goal, the Portuguese made no mistake in beating the Leverkusen keeper, Lukas Hradecky.
Four minutes on the clock, Frankfurt 1-0 Leverkusen.
Paciencia missed a glorious opportunity to double his side’s lead. He was left in the box and met a corner with a crisp header.
Unfortunately, he could not guide the ball goalwards, and it sailed over the bar.
However, in the 16th minute when the opportunity presented itself, Paciencia stepped up to double the lead.
Bayer’s Aleksandar Dragovic was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area.
The Eintracht striker made no mistake with the awarded penalty. He stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way to make it 2-0
16 minutes on the clock, Frankfurt 2 – 0 Leverkusen.
Frankfurt could have had more, before the break. Kostic who drifted out of his usual right-sided central midfield position.
He caused Leverkusen untold problems on the left-wing. He put the ball in the back of the net only for the goal to be ruled out for offside.
Paciencia almost had a hattrick, but for some unconventional genius from keeper Hradecky. He used his head to save the ball from finding the back of the net for the third time.
Bayer could have pulled one back before the break when Lucas Alario hit a fantastic shot, but it simply wasn’t good enough to find the back of the net.
Halftime: Franckfurt 2 – 0 Leverkusen.
The second half saw the visitors take the field with a lot more purpose about them.
But for a string of great saves from the home side’s goalkeeper Ronnow, they could have been back in the game.
He denied Karim Bellarabi and starlet of German football Kai Havertz, as well as Alario for a second time.
Both teams were denied goals later in the half.
Dost having a Frankfurt goal ruled out for offside.
While Leverkusen had a penalty award overruled by VAR.
The game was not over though, as Frankfurt still had one more goal in them.
In the 80th minute, Bas Dost finally got on the score sheet, to make it 3-0.
Eintracht will be happy to have got some revenge, Leverkusen will rue missed opportunities and a failure to capitalise on such domineering possession.
Fulltime: Eintracht Frankfurt 3 -0 Bayer Leverkusen.
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