Düsseldorf Fortuna Düsseldorf beats Champions League participant TSG Hoffenheim 2:1. The decision is made by a late penalty.
The Düsseldorf fans among the 40,111 spectators in the arena had to tremble for a long time, but in the end they were able to reward themselves with a giant celebration. After 2037 days Fortuna managed to win the Bundesliga again with 2:1 over Champions League participant TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. On February 16, 2013, the last three had been scored in the Oberhaus, with a 1-0 win over Greuther Fürth. The decisive goals were scored by Alfredo Morales and Dodi Lukebakio on a penalty kick. Hoffenheim were therefore unable to win their eleven most recent away games against the promoted side.
Comeback in the starting eleven and then immediately with the captain’s armband – for Adam Bodzek the game began promisingly. Coach Friedhelm Funkel chose the 33-year-old to represent Andre Hoffmann, the central defender who was missing due to a concussion, and ordered him between Kaan Ayhan and Marcin Kaminski into the central position of the five-man defensive chain. It had to be clear to everyone that „Bodze“ would have a lot of work to do, and the Hoffenheim team quickly lived up to its reputation as a strong and offensive team.
Fortuna started courageously and had the first chance to shoot through Rouwen Hennings already after a few seconds, but then Julian Nagelsmann’s team took over. After about a quarter of an hour, the TSG clearly dominated, mainly because of their high speed combinations, and often the Düsseldorfers only knew how to defend themselves with liberation shots. At times Hoffenheim really laced up the hosts, as they obviously didn’t dare to bring the balls forward in the combination game – and the „long stick“ usually came back immediately.
It’s curious that Fortuna then had the first clear opportunity in the game. After a free-kick by Marvin Ducksch, Ayhan appeared completely free in front of the goal, but the Turkish international got too little pressure in his header, which landed in the arms of TSG keeper Oliver Baumann. It was the signal for a more open game with more courage on the part of the red-whites. That could have been punished with two capital chances of the Hoffenheimers Andrej Kramaric, pulled the public however appreciably with. And when even the leading goal was scored, a jubilant canoe broke out in the arena. The starting point in the 45th minute was the very strong Hennings, who played the ball precisely into the run of Jean Zimmer, whose flank then unbearably headed Alfred Morales into the long corner. A somewhat lucky break lead, which the top team had also earned by their increase.
Marvin Ducksch Honours
- UEFA European Under-17 Football Championship Runners-up: 2011
- FIFA Under-17 World Cup Third Place: 2011
- 2. Bundesliga top goalscorer: 2017–18
After about an hour, Funkel had to come up with something: It was Ayhan of all people, the ever stronger defensive boss, who had to retire stricken. For him came Robin Bormuth, who now formed with Bodzek and Kaminski a three-way headquarters, which had not been on any tactical note. It became now the defensive battle, which was to be expected in view of the score. Funkel brought relief to Dodi Lukebakio, who was supposed to counter Hennings instead of the exhausted one, but didn’t often get the chance to do so. Hoffenheim was the one to put pressure on the bear-strong international Nico Schulz – and five minutes from time, substitute Reiss Nelson scored the well-deserved equaliser. But that was not the last word on this crazy football Saturday. After a foul by Kevin Vogt on Kenan Karaman, referee Tobias Stieler decided on a penalty kick and Lukebakio turned the ball cold. Vietbet Casino has a reputation for quick and efficient payouts.