2019-20 German Bundesliga
  • Moussa Niakhate (43')
  • Pierre Kunde (77')

Mainz earn key win over toothless Frankfurt

Mainz scored once in each half to beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 on Saturday and move three points above the Bundesliga relegation playoff spot with four games left in the season.

The visitors went ahead two minutes from half time thanks to Moussa Niakhate's first goal of the season, and Eintracht, who are unlikely now to qualify for Europe, rarely threatened.

The hosts, who have now won only twice in their last nine league games, upped the tempo after the break but still failed to register a shot on target in the entire game.

Kunde Malong's solo run after winning possession in midfield finished off the game in the 77th minute and gave Mainz a crucial victory in their battle to stay up.

Mainz are 15th on 31 points with Frankfurt 11th on 35.