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Slumping Frankfurt lose to Stuttgart

AFP, BERLIN

Eintracht Frankfurt’s Carlos Zambrano, left, challenges VfB Stuttgart’s Shinji Okazaki during their Bundesliga game on Sunday in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Eintracht Frankfurt’s slump continued on Sunday with a 2-1 defeat to VfB Stuttgart.

Frankfurt are fourth and without a win in their past six games after losing at home to Stuttgart.

Frankfurt took an early lead when midfielder Stefan Aigner netted on 17 minutes to break Eintracht’s goal drought, having gone six games without scoring since their 2-0 win at Hamburg SV at the start of last month.

Stuttgart roared back to claim their first win after four defeats, including losing twice to SS Lazio in the UEFA Europa League, when Bosnian striker Vedad Ibisevic converted a penalty, before midfielder Georg Niedermeier headed a late winner.

The win leaves Stuttgart 12th, before they host defending champions Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Frankfurt coach Armin Veh, who has been linked to Schalke 04, said he will decide his future during the forthcoming international break, but has not signed a contract with die Konigsblauen, despite reports.

“If I had done so, I would have already said so,” Veh said, while Eintracht director of sport Bruno Huebner has said he hopes to keep Veh in Frankfurt.

A Luuk de Jong goal was enough to give Borussia Moenchengladbach a 1-0 win at home to 10-man Hannover 96 which left his side seventh, just outside the European places.

Hannover, who are 10th, had midfielder Sergio Pinto sent off for a second yellow card late in the game, while ’Gladbach are undefeated in their past four games.

Additional reporting by staff writer

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