Inspired by a Theofanis Gekas brace, Eintracht Frankfurt recorded an impressive 3-1 away win over St Pauli to move into third place on the Bundesliga table.
The former Greece international opened his account from the penalty spot shortly before the break to cancel out Carlos Zambrano's fifth-minute opener for the hosts. Gerald Asamoah's dismissal early in the second half left St Pauli on the back foot, and Gekas duly punished them by tucking home his ninth goal of the campaign after 70 minutes. Caio wrapped up the scoring in injury time as Frankfurt made it five wins out of 10 to consolidate their place in the European berths.
The hosts made a lively start to the match and were ahead inside five minutes when the visiting defence failed to clear their lines and Zambrano pounced to lash the ball home. St Pauli went close to doubling their tally on 13 minutes when Rouwen Hennings let rip with a 30-yard free-kick but Oka Nikolov was equal to the effort, tipping the ball to safety.
Frankfurt had failed to create much going forward and their equaliser came from a rare attack. Zambrano turned villain with a poor challenge on Gekas, and the striker got to his feet to blast the ball home and continue a rich scoring run which also saw him net twice in the midweek DFP-Pokal win over Hamburg.
The hosts' afternoon took a nosedive on 48 minutes when Asamoah saw red after collecting a second booking for a challenge on Marco Russ. Thomas Kessler kept the hosts on level terms with a superb reflex save from Caio's deflected effort after 61 minutes, but the St Pauli goalkeeper could do nothing about Frankfurt's next chance. Pirmin Schwegler unlocked the home defence with a long ball over the top for Gekas, who brought the ball under control beautifully before coolly slotting home.
Marius Ebbers almost pulled St Pauli level with an attempt from a bicycle kick eight minutes from the end but Nikolov was well-placed to make the stop. Caio made sure of the three points in injury time, the Brazilian rising highest in a crowded penalty area to head home Giorgios Tzavellas' free-kick.