Düsseldorf - Fortuna Düsseldorf added further distance between themselves and the bottom three with a narrow success at home to cellar dwellers Greuther Fürth.

After a lively opening from both sides, it was Fortuna who should have taken the lead inside three minutes when Robbie Kruse was brought down inside the box by Matthias Zimmermann, only for Wolfgang Hesl to deny Dani Schahin's from the spot.

Goal down, man down


The intensity of the half remained with chances at both ends, but Düsseldorf arguably deserved to break the deadlock when Axel Bellinghausen bettered Hesl one-on-one. Things soon got worse for Fürth as Jozsef Varga picked up a second yellow card to send Fürth in at the break both a goal and a man down.

Fortuna had chances to extend their lead in the second half, but Schahin headed over and Stefan Reisinger got his footing wrong when clean through on Hesl, who was once again on hand to stop Robbie Kruse in his tracks late on. Ultimately Düsseldorf were unable to exploit the numerical advantage, but with few signs of a of a comeback, Fürth were left empty handed.

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