Fortuna Düsseldorf has conquered the top of the table in the 2nd Bundesliga with an impressive victory in the chasing duel. At the start of the 5th matchday, coach Daniel Thioune’s team won 3-1 (1-1) against Karlsruher SC and climbed to first place at least until Saturday. FC St. Pauli, on the other hand, lost touch with the top a little with a 1-1 (0-0) win at Eintracht Braunschweig.
In Dusseldorf, Fabian Schleusener (3′) gave the visitors the lead early on, but Fortuna responded with Yannik Engelhardt (14′) and a dream goal by Christos Tzolis (55′), plus an own goal by Marvin Wanitzek (57′). After their third win of the season, Düsseldorf is now ahead of Hamburger SV, who have the same number of points (10 each). The North Germans play on Sunday (1.30 p.m. / Sky) against Hansa Rostock (9), who are now third. On Saturday, however, some competitors can already pass Fortuna.
St. Pauli (7 points), on the other hand, is in the upper middle of the table for the time being. After all, coach Fabian Hürzeler’s team ended their goalless streak. After three 0-0 draws in a row, Elias Saad (59′) brought the dry spell to an end, but Thorir Johann Helgason (80′) managed to equalize for Braunschweig. A fourth 0-0 in a row would have been a record in the second division.
The game had just started in Dusseldorf when Schleusener scored with a sweeper, an alleged offside position was rejected by VAR. However, Fortuna immediately took control of the game, with numerous opportunities to equalize before the break, Engelhardt took advantage of a mistake by the KSC defense.
The hosts remained clearly superior even after the break, Karlsruhe were lucky when Emmanuel Iyoha hit the crossbar (54th). Goalkeeper Patrick Drewes was powerless against Tzolis’: The newcomer pulled in from the left and hit the corner. Just moments later, Wanitzek deflected a cross into his own goal.