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Frankfurt celebrates 125 years with 3-1 win over 9-man Hoffenheim in Bundesliga

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Frankfurt celebrates 125 years with 3-1 win over 9-man Hoffenheim in Bundesliga

BERLIN (AP) - Eintracht Frankfurt celebrated its 125th birthday with a 3-1 win over nine-man Hoffenheim on Sunday as Mario Gotze scored one goal and set up another.

Frankfurt's fans marked the occasion with a huge tifo showing the club eagle, while the players wore special jerseys celebrating the club landmark.

The visitors had John Brooks sent off in the 22nd minute and Ozan Kabak followed with his second yellow card in the 78th.

Brooks' sending off changed the game. The American defender headed Hoffenheim into a sixth-minute lead, then saw a red card for bringing down Omar Marmoush when the Egypt forward would have been through on goal.

Marmoush laid the ball back for Robin Koch to equalize in the 32nd, and Gotze struck the post as Frankfurt pushed for more before the break.

The lead came shortly after it, when Gotze crossed for Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe to head inside the top left corner in the 50th.

Gotze sealed the win in the 64th and it got worse for Hoffenheim when Kabak saw his second yellow card for a foul on Frankfurt substitute Hugo Ekitike.

Freiburg earlier held on to beat Bochum 2-1 away.

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The game had barely started when referee Marco Fritz had to stop it because there was too much smoke from Bochum fans' pyrotechnics behind one of the goals.

Freiburg's Maximilian Eggestein scored in the 36th from close range after Michael Gregoritsch headed on Kiliann Sildillia's cross, and Gregoritsch headed in Ritsu Doan's cross for 2-0 in the 53rd.

Ivan Ordets replied nine minutes later with a header to a corner but the visitors withstood Bochum's efforts to equalize.

Bayer Leverkusen can restore its 10-point lead with a win at home against Wolfsburg later Sunday.

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