Eintracht Frankfurt move into sixth with win over Energie Cottbus

March 21st, 2008 - 1:02 pm ICT by admin  

(German Bundesliga football)
Frankfurt, March 21 (DPA) Eintracht Frankfurt beat Energie Cottbus 2-1 to move into sixth place in the German Bundesliga football, thanks to a goal and assist from Brazilian Caio. Timo Rost put the visitors ahead in the 48th minute after a mistake from Eintracht keeper Oka Nikolov Thursday night. But Caio, who came on in the second half, equalised 11 minutes later and set up Marko Russ on the 65th minute with the winning goal.

Cottbus are left in serious danger of relegation in fourth-to-last place.

“All in all, our win was deserved,” said Eintracht Manager Friedhelm Funkel.

Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen travel to Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich Saturday knowing a win will see them close within three points of Ottmar Hitzfeld’s side.

Leverkusen sit third, thanks to a 4-1 drubbing of holders Nuremberg last weekend while Bayern seem to have recovered from their shock loss at relegation-threatened Energie Cottbus by overcoming VfL Wolfsburg midweek to book a German Cup final place against Borussia Dortmund.

The 2-0 victory over Wolfsburg, which came about because of second-half goals from Franck Ribery and Miroslav Klose, ended a mini-crisis of two straight defeats for Bayern.

It also relieved some of the pressure on Germany striker Klose, who has scored only twice in the last 16 league games.

The win also not only set up a final against Dortmund in Berlin April 19, it kept Bayern on course for a title treble of league, cup and UEFA Cup in Hitzfeld’s last season in charge before becoming Switzerland national team coach.

Leverkusen coach Michael Skibbe was cautious of talking up his side’s title chances ahead of the clash with Bayern, preferring instead to concentrate on the fight for one of the three Champions League places available.

“We are a team that is fighting with others for a place in an international competition,” Skibbe told Kicker magazine. “They (Bayern) are too strong and won’t give many more openings.”

Second-placed SV Hamburg are one side hoping for a slip-up from the leaders as they sit just five points behind Bayern in the table.

Huub Stevens’ team travel to Wolfsburg hoping the home side are demoralised after the Cup loss to Bayern.

Nuremberg welcome VfL Bochum Saturday with coach Thomas von Heesen fretting over his job after just five matches in charge.

Two draws and three defeats have seen the German Cup holders drop to second-from-bottom with just 10 games remaining although Nuremberg sporting director Martin Bader says von Heesen’s position is not up for discussion at present.

“There will be no new trainer discussion,” said Bader, adding that he was “absolutely convinced” that Nuremberg would avoid relegation.

Also Saturday, MSV Duisburg welcome Hanover 96, Dortmund entertain SC Karlsruhe and Hansa Rostock travel to defending champions VfB Stuttgart.

On Sunday, fourth-placed Werder Bremen will be hoping to bounce back from last weekend’s loss to Wolfsburg with victory at Arminia Bielefeld while Schalke 04 take on Hertha Berlin.

The 25th round of games begins later Thursday with a clash between Cottbus and Eintracht Frankfurt.

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