ROSTOCK, February 16 (Bundesliga) - A late goal from midfielder Christian Rahn secured a welcome three points for Hansa Rostock against Eintracht Frankfurt.
His 76th-minute goal at the DKB Arena settled a close contest, pulling them five points clear of the relegation places in the Bundesliga.
It was all Frankfurt in the early stages of the match. Just six minutes had been played when Martin Fenin played in strike partner Ioannis Amanatidis. His shot was at an acute angle and went wide of the mark.
Rostock fought back as the first half wore on. Rahn set up fellow midfielder Fin Bartels but he fired over the bar, before Rahn had a go himself with a free-kick that was comfortably saved by goalkeeper Oka Nikolov.
A see-saw battle in the second half saw both sides go close. Victor Agali headed wide when well-placed for Rostock, before Markus Weissenberger saw his goalbound effort charged down at the last minute by Rostock defender Marc Stein.
Both sides had fought hard to make a breakthrough and the advantage eventually went to Rostock, largely thanks to Stein.
His tackle robbed Frankfurt defender Aaron Galindo of the ball and his quickness of thinking played in Rahn. He duly obliged to head his volley past Nikolov for the only goal of the game.
Amanatidis went close for Frankfurt at the death, tapping a low effort wide of the post with Rostock scrambling back, but the visitors could not salvage a point.