Moussa Diaby scored twice as 10-man Bayer Leverkusen came from a goal down to defeat in-form Eintracht Frankfurt 4-1 in their DFB Pokal second round clash at the BayArena today.
The victory sets up an away fixture with fourth-tier Rot-Weiss Essen in the next round, and was delivered the hard way for the hosts, who played the final 17 minutes with 10 men after a straight red card for defender Jonathan Tah.
Napoli loanee Amin Younes fired Eintracht in front inside six minutes, his second goal against Leverkusen in 10 days after he also scored in the 2-1 league win on Jan. 2.
But Lucas Alario equalised for the home side from the penalty-spot after Tuta handled the ball in the box, and they went in front four minutes after halftime when defender Edmond Tapsoba headed in Kerem Demirbay’s free kick from deep.
It was a sweet moment for Tapsoba, who had netted an own goal in that league loss earlier this month.
Leverkusen extended their advantage midway through the second period when Moussa Diaby fired a low shot past Kevin Trapp in the Eintracht goal after collecting a pass from Nadiem Amiri.
He added a second with a breakaway goal in the final three minutes.