Fortuna wins: with courage and with the Beatles

Fortuna wins: with courage and with the Beatles

Dusseldorf succeeds in stopping its 217-minute Torlos series. After the brilliant 4: 1 against Hertha BSC the hope grows to keep up in the Bundesliga.


By Ulrich Hartmann, Dusseldorf

It was no coincidence that "Help" was sent over the loudspeakers by the Beatles before the kick-off. In the Düsseldorf stadium they like to combine good music with messages or, as in this case, with a kind of intercession to higher powers.

Fortuna had not won a Bundesliga match for 56 days, they had not scored a Bundesliga goal for 217 minutes and the general doubts about the competitor's competitiveness had been felt to the maximum at 15:30 on Saturday at the eleventh season game against Hertha BSC was kicked off. At 16:55, half the stadium sang: "We're back." Although this was still a daring statement shortly after the 2-0 win in the face of a looming home victory, the 4-1 (0-0) victory against Berlin meant at least once again a sign of life for Fortuna – after six Bundesliga titles Defeats in series and 2:20 goals in these six games. "We have the potential to keep up in the Bundesliga," said captain Adam Bodzek afterwards.

Dissolution – the Hertha slips off

The Berliners, on the other hand, have only three draws in the Bundesliga since their home win against Bayern Munich at the end of September and have now lost twice in succession: 0: 3 against Leipzig and now 1: 4 in Dusseldorf. They showed signs of dissolution in both games and slip gradually into the middle of the table. "After the two defeats, the international break is now quite convenient," said Hertha coach Pal Dardai.

After a first half, which had provided little more than a few ineffective long shots by the Dodi Lukebakio Dusseldorf and a yellow and red card for the Berlin Maximilian Mittelstädt (foul against Lukebakio and foul against Jean Zimmer), the Fortunen used in the second half immediately the spaces created by the majority. In the 50th minute Adam Bodzek crossed from the center on the left side, where the advanced left-back Niko Gießelmann the ball just bounce back into the box and presented him there Takashi Usami. The 26-year-old Japanese drove the ball from half left into the long upper corner of the Berlin goal. It was the first Dusseldorf Bundesliga goal after 4:27 hours lull.

Fortuna hits almost as often as in the last ten games

The Berlin hardly resisted. Even after the second Dusseldorf goal, to which Lukebakio served with a low cross at the second post Rouwen Hennings (63rd), the third Fortuna goal seemed to be closer than the first for the Hertha. The impression did not deceive. In the 83rd minute, Benito Raman scored the 3-0 win over the disappointingly disappointing Berlin, who even made it 4-1 in Raman's defense after a 1-1 draw with Davie Selke (88 ') in injury time. "Defeat hurts," admitted Dardai, "but we accept it."

Fortuna coach Friedhelm Funkel was happy for "the boys", who scored almost as many goals in a game as they did in the ten games before. Funkel hopes that will do the team good. "I hope this victory gives us courage." The team had dealt very well with the defeats in the weeks before. "Together with the fans, that meant that such a game could come about." He has rarely experienced such a harmony in such a difficult situation in his career, said the 64-year-old. "Actually, we would have to reload right now in the next game," said Funkel, "but that will be difficult." The next task leads the Dusseldorf after the international break to FC Bayern Munich.

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