Club beats fortuna dusseldorf 2:1

Fortuna dusseldorf has suffered another setback in the relegation battle in the fubball bundesliga and must also reckon with direct relegation. The now eleven-game winless promoted team from the rhine lost its last home game on saturday against the 1. FC nurnberg with 1:2 (1:0) and with 30 points still has only a razor-thin lead over FC augsburg (30) and 1899 hoffenheim (28).

In the last game at hannover 96, the dusseldorf team had to win to avoid relegation. Before 53.500 spectators, hanno balitsch (22./own goal) scored the goal for fortuna, robert mak (58.) and marvin plattenhardt (64.) scored for nurnberg.

In the all-or-nothing game for the hosts, coach norbert meier changed his eleven in four positions and relied on the experienced andreas lambertz, robert tesche, and johannes van den bergh. In the attack, dani schahin was given preference over stefan reisinger. During the week, the fortuna coach had sorted out his other two attackers nado rafael and andrej woronin for sporting reasons.

Effortful and very nervous
Supported by a great crowd in the almost sold-out arena, the dusseldorf team struggled from the start, but looked very nervous. Many misplaced passes and inaccurate passes did not initially threaten the nurnberg eleven, which had also changed to four positions.

After about 20 minutes, the rhinelanders prazisierten their offensive actions. After fine preparatory work by captain lambertz, the dusseldorfers succeeded in their first dangerous action then in the 22. 1:0 lead thanks to balitsch's own goal in the first minute. The club defender had deflected fortuna's midfielder's pass into his own goal. The opening goal gave the hosts some security against the nurnberg team, which was weak in substitutes and initially did little in the offensive and acted very cautiously for a long time.

But in the second section, the french also had good opportunities. Markus mendler failed to score in the 53rd minute. Minute just barely. Five minutes later, mak equalized for nurnberg with a right-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area into the far corner. A free kick by plattenhardt secured the 2-1 lead for the visitors shortly afterwards. For the hosts, substitute mathis bolly gave new impetus to the attack after an injury layoff, but the dusseldorf team was unable to find an equalizer.