Fortuna Düsseldorf was pushed against the ropes for much of the first half, but Düsseldorf managed to take the lead just before the half came to a close, as F95’s American international, Alfredo Morales, headed in nicely from a Jean Zimmer cross.
The match remained in Dusseldorf’s favor until the 86th minute, when substitute Reiss Nelson, an Arsenal loanee, tucked in and fired a lethal effort from the left to level things. Hoffenheim, plagued early this season by multiple injuries to key players, were only able to hold their lead for two minutes, as their backline leader, Kevin Vogt, was called for a penalty. Yet another F95 newcomer, Dodi Lukebakio,stepped up to the spot and coolly delivered to hand the Fortuna faithful their first top-flight win in over five years, a 2-1 win over a Hoffenheim side that begins Champions League play Wednesday against Shahktar Donetsk.
Düsseldorf: Rensing – Zimmer, Ayhan (Bormuth 59′), Bodzek (c), Kaminski, Gießelmann – Zimmermann, Sobottka – Morales – Ducksch (Karaman 79′), Hennings (Lukebakio 67′)
Unused substitutes: Wolf, Raman, Stöger, Usami
Absentees: Wiesner (pubic bone), Froese (ankle), Hoffmann (concussion)
Coach: Friedhelm Funkel
Hoffenheim: Baumann – Kaderabek, Nordtveit, Vogt (c), Schulz – Bittencourt (Zuber 63′), Grillitsch, Posch (Nelson 72′) – Joelinton (Belfodil 57′), Szalai, Kramaric
Unused substitutes: Kobel, Hoogma, Brenet, Pires
Absentees: Akpoguma, Hübner (both concussion), Bicakcic (Achilles), Adams (ankle), Geiger (thigh), Amiri (foot)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
Photos by @Kai_Dambach
Dusseldorf’s Marcel Sobottka plays keep away against Joelinton.
Hoffenheim’s Joelinton Gege past his defender in the box.
Hoffenheim’s Florian Grillitsch slips a pass between two Düsseldorf defenders.￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼