Eintracht Frankfurt have risen to fourth in the Bundesliga for at least a day after a 5-1 home victory over third-bottom Bayer Leverkusen.
Coming after Porto’s 3-0 win in the Champions League on Wednesday, Leverkusen’s second loss from Xabi Alonso’s three games in charge ended the former Spain star’s honeymoon period as coach and left his team mired in a relegation battle.
Leverkusen occupied the relegation play-off place after slumping to their sixth defeat in 10 rounds.
“The situation is bad,” Alonso said after Saturday’s loss.
“We can’t think about the end of the season. We have to keep believing. We have an intense week ahead of us and we have to keep working.”
Alonso had led Leverkusen to a 4-0 rout of promoted Schalke in his debut last week but a team playing their first season back in the Bundesliga after demotion the season before found Frankfurt a different proposition.