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Eintracht Frankfurt beat Wolfsburg as Alexander Meier nets hat trick

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Alexander Meier celebrates after his goals saw Eintracht Frankfurt to victory over Wolfsburg.

Alexander Meier was Eintracht Frankfurt's hero with all three goals in their 3-2 win over Wolfsburg.

Dante put Wolfsburg in front and there was no sign of what was to come in a first half dominated by the visitors.

However, Meier pulled a transformed Frankfurt level midway through the second half before putting them in front six minutes later.

Andre Schurrle thought he had earned Wolfsburg a point after making if 2-2 with 10 minutes to go, but Meier struck again deep into stoppage time to complete his hat-trick and keep the points in Frankfurt.

It was one-way traffic in the first half and Naldo went close with a header from a corner before Dante deservedly put Wolfsburg in front.

The former Bayern Munich defender stuck out his leg at the far post to turn in Ricardo Rodriguez's free kick for his first goal of the season, and his first for his new club.

It could and probably should have been two just before half-time when Rodriguez pulled a perfect pass back from the goal line to Caligiuri, who sent it right back towards his team-mate rather than at goal from eight yards out.

There were loud boos for the home team at the half-time whistle and coach Armin Veh's response was to send on winter recruit Marco Fabian.

It appeared to give the hosts an immediate lift and Diego Benaglio had to be alert to push Aigner's header away with his first real involvement of the game.

Aigner's next involvement was to head the ball down for Meier, who turned on a six-pence to volley the ball past Benaglio and bring the hosts level in the 66th minute.

Aigner then teed up Meier to put Frankfurt in front with his second goal coming with only his second shot of the match.

Schurrle pounced to bring Wolfsburg level from close range with 10 minutes to go, but there was to be one final twist in the plot.

Fabian's cross was only palmed out by Benaglio and Meier swept the ball in to snatch a dramatic winner for his side.


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