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2019-20 German Bundesliga
  • Gonçalo Paciência (4', 16' PEN)
  • Bas Dost (80')

Paciencia double sends Frankfurt past Leverkusen

Frankfurt's Goncalo Paciencia celebrates after scoring a goal against Bayer Leverkusen. EPA Images

Bayer Leverkusen wasted a rare opportunity to take over the lead in the Bundesliga on Friday, losing 3-0 to Eintracht Frankfurt with two goals from Portuguese Goncalo Paciencia.

Leverkusen would have gone a point clear at the top with a win but hosts Frankfurt put in a strong first-half performance to quickly take control.

They struck twice through Paciencia before Leverkusen managed to even find their footing in the game.

Paciencia fired Frankfurt into the lead in the fourth minute and doubled it 13 minutes later with a penalty, sending keeper Lukas Hradecky the wrong way.

Frankfurt keeper Frederik Ronnow then made a string of superb saves in the second half, including stopping a point-blank header form Lucas Alario, to protect their two-goal cushion before Bas Dost added a third in the 80th.

Victory lifted Frankfurt into seventh spot on 14 points, ahead of Leverkusen on goal difference.

Leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach, on 16 points, travel to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. Champions Bayern Munich, in third place also on 14, face Augsburg in the Bavarian derby.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Borussia Monchengladbach 11 +13 25
2 RB Leipzig 11 +17 21
3 Bayern Munich 11 +13 21
4 SC Freiburg 11 +8 21
5 TSG Hoffenheim 11 +2 20
6 Borussia Dortmund 11 +8 19
7 Schalke 04 11 +6 19
8 Bayer Leverkusen 11 +2 18
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 11 +5 17
10 VfL Wolfsburg 11 +1 17
11 FC Union Berlin 11 -4 13
12 Hertha Berlin 11 -4 11
13 Fortuna Düsseldorf 11 -4 11
14 Werder Bremen 11 -6 11
15 FC Augsburg 11 -11 10
16 Mainz 11 -18 9
17 FC Cologne 11 -13 7
18 SC Paderborn 07 11 -15 4