Eintracht stuns Leverkusen
Leverkusen, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - Marco Russ's second-half goal held up as the winner on Sunday as Eintracht shocked Bayer Leverkusen by a 1-0 score at the BayArena.
Coming off a 2-0 win over Apoel in Europa League play on Thursday, Eintracht had the better of the play in the early stages and attempted eight shots in first opening 45 minutes. But neither side could find the breakthrough as the clubs went into the break scoreless.
In the second half the hosts grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck, but could never find the back of the net and were eventually burned in the 61st minute on a set-piece when Sebastian Jung whipped a ball into the box that was nodded home by Russ.
Leverkusen pushed for an equalizer, but it wasn't to be as Eintracht held on to claim a crucial three points.
The result lifts Eintracht out of the regulation zone with 12 points, while Leverkusen remains in second place with 38 points, six behind league-leaders Bayern Munich.
Also in the Bundesliga on Sunday, Schalke cruised to a comfortable 2-0 win over Freiburg at the Veltins Arena. Schalke opened the scoring one minute prior to the break as Freiburg's Nicolas Hofler had the ball deflect into his own net for the own goal.
22 minutes later the Royals Blues put the result away when Jefferson Farfan converted a penalty kick to make it a two-goal margin. Freiburg rarely threatened the Schalke goal, putting just one shot on target over the duration of the 90 minutes.
12/15 13:31:27 ET