BERLIN (AP) — Xabi Alonso ended another disappointing start as coach of Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga on Saturday as his team lost 5-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt.
comes laterPorto won 3-0 in the Champions LeagueOn Wednesday, Alonso’s second defeat in three games at Leverkusen ended the former Spanish star’s title reign as coach and left his side in a relegation battle.
Leverkusen booked their place in the relegation play-offs after suffering their sixth defeat in 10 games played so far.
Alonso made his debut in Leverkusen’s 4-0 win over promoted Schalke last week but Frankfurt found another offer for a team playing its first season in the Bundesliga after being relegated in pre-season.
Piero Hincapié emerged as the sad figure for Leverkusen, scoring the team’s goal before he was sent off.
Daichi Kamada’s penalty just before the break was enough to give Frankfurt a 1-0 half-time lead. The visitors felt aggrieved as Leverkusen goalkeeper Lukas Hradicki was penalized for coming off his line as he saved Randal Colo Mewani’s early penalty and gave Frankfurt another chance from where Kamada converted.
Hincapie equalized with a flying header in the 56th but it was too much for levicosin – and the Ecuadorian defender was involved in all three subsequent goals.
Hincapié couldn’t stop Kolo Mevani from restoring Frankfurt’s lead two minutes later, then could only watch as Jesper Lindström made it 3-1 in the 65th with a wonderful chip past Hradicki.
Hincapie conceded a penalty and was sent off with his second yellow card in the 72nd, before Kamada scored his second from the spot.
Lucas Alario scored in the 86th.
Stuttgart, the last team to win this season, finally won their first gameShooting coach Pellegrino MaterazzoSilas Katumpa Muumpa scored twice in a 4-1 win over last-placed Bochum.
Wolfsburg drew 2-2 with Borussia Mönchengladbach and Mainz won 2-0 against Werder Bremen.
Leipzig later hosted Hertha Berlin.