Frankfurt Frustrated In Top Four Race Despite Hrustic Strike
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Mon 10th May 2021 | 02:30 AM
Berlin, May 9 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 10th May, 2021 ) :Australian midfielder Ajdin Hrustic scored a bizarre late equaliser on Sunday to give Eintracht Frankfurt a 1-1 draw with local rivals Mainz and prevent their Champions League suffering a worse blow.
Hrustic managed to lob Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner while lying on the floor to score his first ever Bundesliga goal.
Austrian striker Karim Onisiwo fired Mainz in front with a daisy-cutting long-range effort on 11 minutes.
Frankfurt remained blunt for much of the second half, before Hrustic struck late to save a point.
Having fallen over after his first shot was blocked, the midfielder flicked out his left leg from the floor to send the rebound looping into the net.
Mainz, who seemed certain to go down for much of the season, moved six points clear of the drop zone. They have not lost in nine games.
- Controversy in Cologne - Earlier Sunday, strugglers Cologne suffered another blow in their bid to avoid relegation as a disputed handball decision and a missed penalty saw them slip to a 4-1 defeat at home to Freiburg.
Cheered on by fans from outside the stadium, the hosts came out fighting in the second half.
Sebastian Andersson pulled a goal back with a brilliant first-time finish four minutes after the break. Cologne looked set to equalise when Ismail Jakobs was brought down in the box on the counter-attack.
Yet Ondrej Duda slipped as he took the penalty, skying the ball high into the empty stands.
Cologne had the ball in the net in stoppage time, but the goal was controversially disallowed for handball, despite video footage showing it had struck Hector's shoulder.
"It wasn't a handball for me -- I don't know what a handball is anymore. It's extremely bitter, because it would have been an important point for us today," said Hector.
The hosts then fell apart in the dying minutes as Vincenzo Grifo and Jonathan Schmid sealed the win for Freiburg with two goals on the counter-attack.