German relegation candidates win final games of 2019
PADERBORN, Germany (AP) — The Bundesliga’s relegation candidates bit back on the last day of games in 2019, with Paderborn and Fortuna Düsseldorf both earning wins.
Last-place Paderborn increased the winter misery for Frankfurt with a 2-1 home win. Frankfurt has gone seven games without a win in the league.
Abdelhamid Sabiri cut inside from the left flank and hit a curving shot from outside the box to give Paderborn the lead early on, and Sebastian Schonlau made it 2-0 just before the break at a free kick.
Bas Dost cut the deficit for 13th-place Frankfurt in the 72nd minute but Paderborn held on for the win.
Fortuna climbed out of the automatic relegation places to 16th with a last-gasp 2-1 win over 11th-place Union Berlin, dropping Werder Bremen into a relegation spot.
Erik Thommy handed Fortuna its first win since Nov. 3 with a long-range shot off the post in stoppage time.
The Bundesliga is now on its winter break until Jan. 17.
- Abdelhamid Sabiri
- Bas Dost
- Erik Thommy
- Michael Parensen
- Rouwen Hennings
- Sebastian Schonlau
- Werder Bremen