Bundesliga wrap: Frankfurt comes back to beat Leverkusen, Schalke loses again

Bayer Leverkusen missed the chance to go top of the Bundesliga when Eintracht Frankfurt came back from a goal down to win 2-1. Meanwhile, Schalke 04 lost 3-0 at Hertha Berlin.

Bayer Leverkusen missed the chance to go top of the Bundesliga when Eintracht Frankfurt came back from a goal down to win 2-1 with an Amin Younes strike and an Edmond Tapsoba own goal on Saturday as the league returned after a brief Christmas break.

Nadiem Amiri had given visitor Leverkusen the lead with an outrageous piece of individual skill, taking a touch to control the ball before deftly back-heeling it between the legs of keeper Kevin Trapp in the ninth minute.

Younes fired Frankfurt level in the 22nd minute and it took the lead nine minutes into the second half when Japanese midfielder Daichi Kamada rifled the ball into the box and Tapsoba turned it into his net.

The defeat leaves Leverkusen on 28 points after 14 games, two behind leader Bayern Munich, which has played one game less and takes on second-from-bottom Mainz on Sunday. Frankfurt moves up to eighth on 20 points.

 

Losing streak

Bottom side Schalke 04 is one game away from equalling Tasmania Berlin's long-standing Bundesliga record of 31 matches without a win after falling to a 3-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin on Christian Gross’s debut as head coach.

Gross was appointed on Dec. 27, to become Schalke’s fourth manager of the season. But he could not make an instant impact as Hertha's Matteo Guendouzi curled home a finish in the first half before Jhon Cordoba and Krzysztof Piatek struck after the break.

Schalke has now gone 351 days and 30 games without a league victory and, if it fails to beat Hoffenheim next Saturday, it will match the league record set in 1965-66.

 

Union Berlin kept itself in the top four when Taiwo Awoniyi scored one goal and made the other in a 2-0 win at Werder Bremen, which had a goal on the stroke of halftime ruled out by the video assistant referee for offside.

Freiburg netted three first-half goals as it climbed into the top half of the table with a convincing 3-1 win over Hoffenheim, and Augsburg edged out FC Cologne with an Iago goal making the difference in a 1-0 away victory.

A goal by Breel Embolo in the 58th minute gave Borussia Moenchengladbach a 1-0 win away to Arminia Bielefeld in a game that it dominated in terms of goal-scoring chances without being able to add to its tally.

VfB Stuttgart was meeting RB Leipzig in Saturday's late game, while Borussia Dortmund hosts Wolfsburg on Sunday.

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