Issued on: Modified:
Australian midfielder Ajdin Hrustic scored a weird late equaliser on Sunday to offer Eintracht Frankfurt a 1-1 draw with native rivals Mainz and forestall their Champions League struggling a worse blow.
Hrustic managed to lob Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner whereas mendacity on the ground to attain his first ever Bundesliga objective.
The draw dropped Frankfurt out of the highest 4 for the primary time since January, as they slipped some extent behind Borussia Dortmund.
Austrian striker Karim Onisiwo fired Mainz in entrance with a daisy-cutting long-range effort on 11 minutes.
Frankfurt remained blunt for a lot of the second half, earlier than Hrustic struck late to save lots of some extent.
Having fallen over after his first shot was blocked, the midfielder flicked out his left leg from the ground to ship the rebound looping into the web.
Mainz, who appeared sure to go down for a lot of the season, moved six factors away from the drop zone. They haven’t misplaced since March.
Earlier Sunday, strugglers Cologne suffered one other blow of their bid to keep away from relegation as a disputed handball resolution and a missed penalty noticed them slip to a 4-1 defeat at residence to Freiburg.
Friedhelm Funkel’s facet stay two factors adrift of security, with the 2 groups above them, Arminia Bielefeld and Hertha Berlin, set to play later Sunday.
Nils Petersen pounced on some sloppy defending from Ellyes Skhiri to offer Freiburg the lead on 18 minutes, earlier than Ermedin Demirovic doubled the lead with a tap-in two minutes later.
Cheered on by followers from outdoors the stadium, the hosts got here out preventing within the second half.
Sebastian Andersson pulled a objective again with an excellent first-time end 4 minutes after the break. Cologne seemed set to equalise when Ismail Jakobs was introduced down within the field on the counter-attack.
But Ondrej Duda slipped as he took the penalty, skying the ball excessive into the empty stands.
Cologne had the ball within the internet in stoppage time, however the objective was controversially disallowed for handball, regardless of video footage displaying it had struck Hector’s shoulder.
“It wasn’t a handball for me — I do not know what a handball is anymore. It is extraordinarily bitter, as a result of it might have been an essential level for us right this moment,” mentioned Hector.
The hosts then fell aside within the dying minutes as Vincenzo Grifo and Jonathan Schmid sealed the win for Freiburg with two objectives on the counter-attack.
© 2021 AFP