Cottbus - Cellar dwellers FC Energie Cottbus suffered their seventh consecutive defeat on Matchday 18, courtesy of a 3-1 home loss against Fortuna Düsseldorf.

The hosts' hopes of putting an end to a streak ten games without a win enjoyed an early boost when Amin Affane helped Cottbus to a lead only seven minutes into the game at the Stadion der Freundschaft, but it didn't take the visitors long to respond, Jimmy Hoffer slotting home in style from the edge of the box. Charlison Benschop gave Düsseldorf the lead after a good hour, minutes before Boubacar Sanogo should have levelled matters for an Energie side enjoying the larger share of possession, but eventually it was 21-year-old Tugrul Erat who sealed three points for Fortuna six minutes from time.

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