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Frankfurt bounce into history with four wins

Eintracht Frankfurt became the first newly promoted side in the history of the Bundesliga to win four games in succession with a 2-1 win over Nuremberg.

Frankfurt bounce into history with four wins
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Erwin Hoffer got the first goal in the 25th minute, slicing in a shot as the Nuremberg defence failed to cope with a corner. Japan midfielder Takashi Inui scored on the hour with an impressive run and shot into the corner.

However, Sebastian Polter ensured a nervy finish for the visitors when he pulled one back with 14 minutes, heading in Hiroshi Kiyotake’s free kick.

The victory moved Frankfurt into provisional top slot in the standings.

“I think we showed we’re a strong team,” goalscorer Hoffer told Bundesliga TV. “We will have to see what happens from game to game but of course, we’re very happy with what we’ve already achieved.”

“If I were wearing a hat I would take it off (to the players),” said Eintracht coach Armin Veh.

“We are enjoying it, but we know we have to stay composed,” said Veh, stressing that the players should keep their feet on the ground and concentrate on avoiding relegation. “Perhaps there are different times around the corner.”

No promoted side has ever taken 12 points from its first four games in the Bundesliga’s 50-year history.

The win put Frankfurt three points ahead of Bayern Munich who were to play on Saturday, looking to go top on goal difference if they could also manage a fourth win. It was the first defeat of the league season for Nuremberg.

AFP/The Local/rc

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Emergency numbers fail in several German states

Callers to the emergency numbers 110 and 112 weren’t able to reach operators Thursday morning in several German states.

The 112 emergency number on an ambulance.
The 112 emergency number on an ambulance. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Boris Roessler

The emergency number 110 for police and 112 for fire crews failed around the country early Thursday morning, with callers unable to reach emergency operators for urgent assistance between about 4:30 am and 5:40 am local time.

The Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Aid is looking into these outages, which were reported in states including Lower Saxony, Baden-Württemberg, and  Brandenburg, and in major cities like Berlin, Cologne, Hamburg, and Frankfurt. Cologne was further affected by cuts to electricity, drinking water, and regular telephone services. Lower Saxony also saw disruptions to the internal phone networks of police and hospitals.

Emergency services are not reporting any more disturbances and people should be able to once again reach 110 and 112 around the country as normal.

Investigators are looking into the problem, but haven’t yet established a cause or any consequences that may have happened due to the outage. Provider Deutsche Telekom says they have ruled out the possibility of an attack by hackers.

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