Frankfurt relegated after Dortmund defeat
Eintracht Frankfurt were relegated to the second division after going down 3-1 at the new Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund today.
Sebastian Rode put Frankfurt in front and gave them hope of avoiding the drop early in the second half, but the home side turned the game around to win comfortably, even missing two penalties.
Lucas Barrios brought them level in the 68th minute before Robert Lewandowski put them in front just a few minutes later. Dede missed the second penalty of the afternoon in the 81st minute, after Marcel Titsch-Rivero was shown a red card for a professional foul, but Barrios had the last word with the third goal in the last minute.
Dortmund were gifted the chance to take the lead after only ten minutes when Benjamin Kohler fouled Jakub Blaszczykowski inside the penalty area, but Ralf Fahrmann made the first of two penalty saves to deny Barrios.
Frankfurt grab fresh hope
The home side continued to control the game and missed several chances to go into the break ahead and they were soon made to pay.
Rode put Frankfurt ahead immediately in the second half, heading in from close range after Halil Altintop's cross was headed on by Theofanis Gekas.
The Frankfurt fans were besides themselves with joy when news arrived that Wolfsburg had fallen behind to Hoffenheim, meaning their side was provisionally safe.
But the joy did not last long as two goals in two minutes, and news that Wolfsburg had turned their game around at Hoffenheim, condemned them to relegation.
Barrios begins comeback
Barrios brought Dortmund level in the 68th minute, finishing off a fine move from Lukasz Piszczek, who picked out the Dortmund striker with a fine back-heeled cross.
Lewandowski put Dortmund ahead just minutes later when Barrios' shot was saved by the legs of Fahrmann, but the ball fell out to Lewandowski who, with a bit of luck with a rebound off Marco Russ, lifted the ball into the empty goal.
Dede should have wrapped things up in the 81st minute after Titsch-Rivero fouled Marcel Schmelzer inside the penalty area, but Fahrmann denied him from the spot.
But Barrios still sealed the win in the last minute with his 16th goal of the season, heading in Lewandowski's cross from six yards out to spark the title celebrations and send Frankfurt down.