Dusseldorf Progress

Posted on October 25, 2011


FORTUNA Dusseldorf continued their unbeaten home record this season by beating 1860 Munich to progress in to the next round of the DFB Pokal.

Dusseldorf produced a dominant display and two goals from Sascha Rosler, either side of half-time, as well as, an own goal from Colin Benjamin sent the home side through ahead of 1860. Former HSV defender Benjamin was given a straight red card in the final few minutes for a professional foul.

Despite it being an all-Bundesliga.2 clash, the hosts were strong favourites after picking up six wins from six in their home matches this season.

1860 Munich’s promotion chase looks already over with the Bavarians in ninth place and coming off the back of a 1-1 draw with SC Paderborn at the weekend.

Dusseldorf took the lead on 14 minutes after a powerful run from Johannes Van den Bergh and it was his cross that forced former Hamburg defender Colin Benjamin to the turn the ball in to his own net.

The home side were coming forward at will and Van den Bergh was leading most of their attacks from the left-hand side. But 1860 were always dangerous and two crosses, one from Eichner and one from Lauth, caused panic in the Dusseldorf backline which Fortura managing to clear in the end.

And six minutes before the interval, Dusseldorf added a second when a quick break involving Rosler and Beister set the former clear on goal but his cross flew over Gabor Kiraly and in to the top corner.

The home supporters had already purchased the inflatable German cups and they were on show in the second half as Fortuna moved in to cruise control.

Norbert Meier’s side played some neat football in their 4-1-3-2 formation with Maxi Beister, on loan from Hamburg, and skipper Andreas Lambertz providing some terrific chances in attacking areas.

There were very few chances following Fortuna’s second goal and the closest they came was from a Sascha Rosler free-kick which cannonned off the 1860 defensive wall on the hour mark.

Dusseldorf were close to adding a third on 69 minutes when striker Thomas Broker showed some neat footwork to take the ball around Kiraly but his shot, under pressure from the 1860 defenders, sailed over the crossbar.

Broker missed another good chance after good link-up play with Rosler but the striker decided to shoot rather than pass and fired his effort wide.

1860 Munich came close to pulling one back through towering defender Benjamin who got on the end of Benjamin Lauth’s corner-kick but he headed over the bar.

Sascha Rosler came close from a free-kick on 83 minutes from 30 yards

As Hamburg trailed at Eintracht Trier, loan star Maxi Beister left the park to a rapturous applause from the home supporters who have been dazzled by the youngsters attacking talents this season.

In the final minutes, substitute Adrian Grimaldi broke clear on goal and he was brought down by Benjamin who was sent off by the referee. Sascha Rosler stepped up from the penalty spot and slotted home his second of the evening.

Dusseldorf move in to the third round of the competition and are joined by VfL Bochum and Augsburg who won their fixtures early Tuesday evening.

MOTM – Sascha Rosler (Dusseldorf)

Dusseldorf: Ratajczak; Levels, Lukimya, Juanan, Van den Bergh; Bodzek; Beister, Lambertz, Fink – Broker, Rosler

1860 Munich: Kiraly; Rukavina, Schindler, Benjamin, Feick; Bulow, Stahl; Aigner, Bierofka, Volland; Lauth

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