Fortuna Düsseldorf passes the hardness test in Magdeburg
At the start of the new season, promoted Magdeburg showed a committed performance. In the end, however, it was not enough to win against ripped-off Düsseldorfers. Coach Christian Titz’s team can still hope.
Clevere Dusseldorf have spoiled promoted 1. FC Magdeburg the season opener in the second division. Despite a good performance, FCM had to learn the hard way against Fortuna and lost 2-1 (0-1) in front of 22,288 spectators on Saturday evening. Rouwen Hennings (44th/hand penalty) and Felix Klaus (46th) scored for Fortuna Düsseldorf, Connor Krempicki (50th) only managed to get back the goal.
FCM coach Christian Titz started with two newcomers, Jamie Lawrence in central defense and Mohammed El Hankouri on the right. In a playful way, FCM picked up on the previous season, started aggressively and immediately put the guests under pressure. They were initially unlucky with the video assistant: a goal was canceled due to handball and a penalty kick was canceled due to offside.
The third VAR decision of the evening brought a hand penalty for the guests, which Hennings converted and turned the game upside down. To date, the SCM had been significantly better.
Dream goal no longer turns the tide
Seconds after the restart, the guests increased after Jamie Lawrence lost the ball. After that, Magdeburg seemed quite unsure, but then the blue and white struck back: Krempicki had a lot of space and hit the right angle, which is worth seeing.
After that, both teams played an open game, but the really big chances were still missing. Magdeburg lacked the penetrating power, in addition there were the two individual mistakes by Lawrence, which Düsseldorf knew how to use ripped off.