Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Amin Younes scored a superb goal and helped to create another as his team beat Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich 2-1 on Saturday to stay on course for a Champions League spot.
Bayern remain on 49 points, with second-placed RB Leipzig, who have 44, in action at Hertha Berlin on Sunday. Fourth-placed Frankfurt are level on 42 points with VfL Wolfsburg, who are third and won 3-0 at Arminia Bielefeld on Friday.
Former Germany international Younes, on loan from Napoli, helped to set up Daichi Kamada for the first goal after 12 minutes as Frankfurt stretched their unbeaten run to 11 league games.
With Germany coach Joachim Loew watching in the stands ahead of international matches in March, Younes, who won the last of five Germany caps in 2017, thundered in a shot from the edge of the box in the 31st after taking on the entire Bayern defence.
“That was Younes’s best performance of the season,” Eintracht coach Adi Huetter said. “In the first half he was world class.”
The Bavarians, who won their sixth title in less than nine months with their Club World Cup triumph last week in Qatar, looked anything but fresh.
“We should not forget that we have had whirlwind weeks recently,” said Bayern coach Hansi Flick, whose team take on Lazio in the Champions League Round of 16 next week.
“Frankfurt did it really well in the first half with enormous speed and they put us under pressure. We did it better in the second half and we want to build on that performance.”
Bayern were missing several players, including injured Corentin Tolisso and Serge Gnabry as well as Thomas Mueller and Benjamin Pavard to COVID-19 infections, but upped the tempo considerably after the break.
They cut the deficit with Robert Lewandowski’s 26th goal of the campaign in the 53rd minute after good early work from Leroy Sane.
But Frankfurt, playing without injured top striker Andre Silva, hung on for their fifth straight league win.
Borussia Moenchengladbach’s European aspirations suffered a big blow with a 2-1 loss at Mainz 05 after Kevin Stoeger’s 86th-minute winner saw them drop to eighth place on 33.
It has been a difficult week for Gladbach after coach Marco Rose announced he would join Borussia Dortmund next season.