Frankfurt overpower Alonso's Leverkusen

Jeremie Frimpong of Bayer 04 Leverkusen battles for possession with Djibril Sow of Eintracht Frankfurt during the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Deutsche Bank Park on October 15, 2022 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Eintracht Frankfurt have risen to fourth in the Bundesliga for at least a day after a 5-1 home victory over third-bottom Bayer Leverkusen.

Coming after Porto’s 3-0 win in the Champions League on Wednesday, Leverkusen’s second loss from Xabi Alonso’s three games in charge ended the former Spain star’s honeymoon period as coach and left his team mired in a relegation battle.

Leverkusen occupied the relegation play-off place after slumping to their sixth defeat in 10 rounds.

“The situation is bad,” Alonso said after Saturday’s loss.

“We can’t think about the end of the season. We have to keep believing. We have an intense week ahead of us and we have to keep working.”

Alonso had led Leverkusen to a 4-0 rout of promoted Schalke in his debut last week but a team playing their first season back in the Bundesliga after demotion the season before found Frankfurt a different proposition.

Piero Hincapie emerged as the tragic figure for Leverkusen, scoring before he was sent off.

Daichi Kamada’s penalty just before the interval was enough for Frankfurt’s 1-0 halftime lead.

Hincapie equalised with a flying header in the 56th but the Ecuador defender was involved in all three of the next goals.

He couldn’t stop Kolo Muani from restoring Frankfurt’s lead two minutes later, then could only watch as Jesper Lindstrom made it 3-1 with a brilliant chip over Hradecky in the 65th.

Hincapie conceded a penalty and was sent off for his second yellow card in the 72nd, and Kamada got his second goal from the spot before Lucas Alario wrapped up the scoring.

Elsewhere, VfB Stuttgart beat bottom side Bochum 4-1, recording their first win of the league season as interim coach Michael Wimmer made a perfect start.

Borussia Monchengladbach were twice pegged back in a 2-2 draw at Wolfsburg despite Marcus Thuram’s double, Mainz won 2-0 at Werder Bremen and mid-table RB Leipzig beat a spirited Hertha Berlin 3-2.

The Bundesliga has two big Sunday showdowns with leaders Union Berlin hosting seventh-placed Borussia Dortmund and second-placed Freiburg visiting fifth-placed champions Bayern Munich.

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