Fortuna Dusseldorf 2-0 VfL Bochum

Posted on July 18, 2011

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FORTUNA Dusseldorf got off to a winning start in Bundesliga.2 with a 2-0 victory over VfL Bochum at the Esprit Arena.

Sascha Rosler’s overhead kick set Dusseldorf on their way just after the hour mark and substitute Thomas Broker doubled the home side’s lead with just a few minutes remaining.

The opening exchanges at the Esprit Arena went in the favour of Dusseldorf who started well against Freidhelm Funkel’s Bochum side that reached the promotion play-offs last season, losing to Gladbach in May.

The hosts really should have taken the lead on six minutes when Adriano Grimaldi played in Maxi Beister who fired over the crossbar from the edge of the six-yard box.

And ‘Fortunen’ came within a few yards of scoring just three minutes later when Andreas Lambertz’ right-foot cross from the left caused all-sorts of problems for the Bochum defence and Andreas Luthe had to touch it behind for a corner with Grimaldi just inches away from diverting the ball home.

Bochum were living dangerously and the home side had another excellent chance to go in front when Adam Bodzek cracked the crossbar on 21 minutes from the edge of the penalty area and then Langeneke fired over from the rebound.

However, Funkel’s men responded when Faton Toski’s left-footed free-kick from 30 yards smacked the top of the woodwork with Ratajczak beaten in the Dusseldorf goal.

Dusseldorf took the lead on 66 minutes when Lambertz floated in to some space on the left-hand side of the box and crossed to Sascha Rösler at the back-post who shrugged off Maltritz and produced a wonderful overhead kick finish past Luthe.

It went from bad to worse for Bochum when debutant Denis Berger was sent off for a second bookable offence just a few minutes later.

After having a penalty claim turned down, Fortuna were back on the attack and Besiter’s cross was headed over by Ilso, who in the process colided with goalscorer Rösler, at the back-post.

With spaces appearing in Bochum’s rearguard as Funkel’s men pushed for an equaliser, Maxi Beister looked very dangerous with his direct running and on two ocassions, Beister-led counter attacks were thwarted at the last minute by some desperate Bochum defending.

Despite a few changes from Freidhelm Funkel, Bochum created very little against a resilient Dusseldorf, cheered on by an incredible home support.

The home side sealed the points with three minutes to go after Bochum failed to clear their lines and Thomas Broker fired home with his left-foot under Luthe.

Dusseldorf: Ratajczak; Weber, Lukimya, Langeneke, Van den Bergh; Fink, Bodzek; Beister (Dum ’86), Lambertz; Grimaldi (Ilso ’55), Rösler (Broker ’80)

Bochum: Luthe; Kopplin, Maltritz, Sinkiewicz, Ostrzolek; Toski (Ginczek ’71), Johansson, Dabrowski; Freier (Federico ’80), Berger; Aydin

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