Mainz beats Frankfurt 2-1 amid protests against Monday games

BERLIN (AP) — Mainz defeated local rival Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1 in a derby game delayed by flares and marked by more protests against the unpopular Monday night games in the Bundesliga.

Frankfurt’s Dominik Kohr was sent off before the break and Mainz came back with two second-half goals to give new coach Achim Beierlorzer his second win from two games.

Kickoff was delayed after flares from the Frankfurt fans’ end landed on the pitch, sending plumes of smoke billowing through the stadium and prompting referee Manuel Gräfe to lead the players back off the pitch. Frankfurt captain Sebastian Rode and teammate Filip Kostic approached the team’s fans to ask if they were done, but another flare
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