Inui keeps Eintracht in contention

Kyodo

Japan midfielder Takashi Inui kept Eintracht Frankfurt in the hunt for a Champions League spot with his sixth goal of the season in a 3-2 away win to Greuther Furth on Sunday.

In the 13th minute, with Frankfurt down 1-0 after Nikola Djurdjic struck in the second minute for the hosts, Inui scored for the first time since Dec. 15, rifling the ball home to restore parity.

Frankfurt went on to win after Stefan Aigner made it 2-1 in the 58th minute and Inui set up Alexander Meier’s decisive goal 10 minutes later with one of his trademark runs.

The victory pushed Frankfurt up to fifth place, six points off third with seven games left in the season.

“It feels good to win, as always,” Inui said. “I was on the end of a great ball that put me in a one-on-one situation. The goal was nice, but I wasn’t very good in other areas of the game.”

Inui and his team will next face runaway leader Bayern Munich at home, where the Bavarian visitors could capture the championship.

“We can’t be afraid of them,” Inui said of Bayern, who humiliated Hamburg 9-2 at home on Saturday. “To have them win the title against us would be an embarrassment. We’ve got to avoid that at all costs.”