We went there: Freiburg comes back for three points in Düsseldorf

SC Freiburg have continued their hot start to the Bundesliga campaign. The team from the Black Forest came back from behind to take all three points in Düsseldorf this weekend with a 2-1 victory.

Freiburg’s offense was anaemic to start the match, with few opportunities in front of goal. Düsseldorf had few chances as well. There wasn’t a single shot on target for almost 30 minutes to start the match. Freiburg didn’t have a corner in the first half. But Rouwen Hennings put Düsseldorf on the board first, heading a corner into the back of the net after Alexnder Schwolow misplayed the corner in the 42nd minute. That lead would be very short-lived. Günter found a completely unmarked Jonathan Schmid for an easy tap-in to even up the score.

Düsseldorf put on the pressure in the second half, taking chance after chance that missed the net. Freiburg looked to make them pay with a penalty given by VAR, but US keeper Zack Steffen stopped the shot from 11 meters, giving Düsseldorf a chance at a point. Luca Waldschmidt’s solo run through the Düsseldorf midfield, punctuated by a shot that just found the bottom far corner gave SC Freiburg all three points as they go back to the Black Forest in third place in the league.

This is the strongest start that Freiburg has had since their first Bundesliga campaign in 2010. Freiburg defeated Düsseldorf for the first time since 2015, when they were both in the 2. Bundesliga.

Starting line-ups:

SC Freiburg

Schwolow, Lienhart, Koch, Heintz, Schmid (Kübler, 89′), Abrashi (Grifo, 72′), Höfler, Günter (C), Haberer, Höler (Waldschmidt, 72′), Petersen

Unused subs: Thiede, Schlotterbeck, Gondorf, Borrello, Sallai, Kwon

Head Coach: Christian Streich

Fortuna Düsseldorf

Steffen, Zimmermann, Hoffmann, Ayhan, Giesselmann, Bodzek (C), Baker, Thommy (Tekpetey, 68′), Kownacki (Ampomah, 76′), Karaman, Hennings

Unused subs: Kastenmeier, Adams, Ofori, Pledl, Contento, Sobottka, Bormuth

Head Coach: Friedhelm Funkel

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