Eintracht stumbles against Stuttgart
Frankfurt, Germany – Eintracht missed a chance to put some distance between itself and Schalke for the final Champions League spot in the Bundesliga on Sunday, allowing Stuttgart to come from a goal down to claim a 2-1 win at Commerzbank Arena.
Schalke's 3-0 defeat against Nurnberg on Saturday opened the door for Eintracht to go three points clear with a win.
And the match started well for the home side as Stefan Aigner put them in front after 17 minutes following a well-weighted through ball from Pirmin Schwegler.
Stuttgart threatened before halftime, but the visitors had to wait until after the break to level the match as Vedad Ibisevic scored from the penalty spot after Arthur Boka was fouled inside the area by Schwegler.
Eintracht then allowed Stuttgart to leave with all three points as Alexandru Maxim's corner kick was headed home by Georg Niedermeier, lifting Stuttgart eight points clear of the drop zone.
Monchengladbach 1, Hannover 0
Monchengladbach, Germany - A first-half goal from Luuk de Jong was enough to lift the Europa League aspirations of Monchengladbach, which secured a 1-0 home win over fellow mid-table side Hannover on Sunday.
The two teams entered the match separated by only one point, and it was the solitary goal from De Jong that was the difference in a battle of teams both harboring European hopes.
Patrick Herrmann's chipped ball in the 36th minute was nicely weighted and it allowed De Jong to track it down and stab a shot underneath goalkeeper Ron- Robert Zieler.
Sebastian Pocognoli had a shot tipped onto the crossbar for Hannover as the visitors attempted to equalize, but a red card reduced the visitors to 10 men in the 85th minute as Sergio Pinto was sent off.