January 26, 2018 / 9:49 PM / a year ago

Frankfurt edge past Gladbach to claim second place

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Eintracht Frankfurt vs Borussia Moenchengladbach - Commerzbank-Arena, Frankfurt, Germany - January 26, 2018 Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin-Prince Boateng and team mates applaud the fans at the end of the match REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

BERLIN (Reuters) - Eintracht Frankfurt struck once at the end of each half to beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-0 on Friday to climb to second place in the Bundesliga and enjoy their best start to a calendar year in 28 years.

Kevin-Prince Boateng put the hosts ahead in the 43rd minute and Luka Jovic scored in second half stoppage time to lift Frankfurt, with two wins and a draw since the Bundesliga resumed after the winter break earlier this month, to 33 points.

They are two points ahead of Gladbach as well as Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke 04 and RB Leipzig who are in action over the weekend.

Frankfurt went ahead at the end of a lacklustre first half with Boateng’s close-range effort.

They then had to endure Gladbach pressure for much of the second half but hung on for the win.

The visitors could have equalised when Boateng brought down Lars Stindl in the box but instead Thorgan Hazard thundered his 78th minute penalty onto the crossbar, his first miss this season after converting his previous four spot kicks.

Jovic then struck late to make sure of the three points.

Bayern Munich, top on 47 points, host Hoffenheim on Saturday.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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