LAUTERN HAVE DONE IT!
It was a veritable game of two halves this evening. Düsseldorf dominated the first period and deservedly went in front through a brilliant goal from Karbownik, but Kaiserslautern looked a completely different team after half-time, attacking with purpose and aggression. Kraus equalised from a corner before Klement's stoppage-time penalty earned the visitors all three points!
KLEMENT WINS IT SURELY!
The Lautern attacker places the ball low to his left - Kastenmeier dives the right way but it's got too much power on it! What a comeback!
GOAL!1 : 2
PENALTY TO LAUTERN!
Lobinger sprints into the box to collect a pass and is brought down by Karbownik - the referee points straight to the spot!
Elione Fernandes Neto
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Aaron Opoku-Tiawiah 33.73km/h
Michal Karbownik 32.99km/h
Kenny Redondo 32.76km/h
LUTHE TO THE RESCUE!
A deep free-kick from the right isn't properly cleared and the ball falls kindly for Klaus, whose well-struck volley from 16 yards out is acrobatically tipped over by Luth.
Kenny Prince Redondo
HENDRIX TAKING MATTERS INTO HIS OWN HANDS
Both teams are looking for a late winner here and Hendrix seems determined to make sure he's the one to get it. Receiving the ball just outside the area he dribbles forward at pace and gets a shot away, but it's blocked before it gets anywhere near the goal.!
The Lautern talisman is in some discomfort after seemingly twisting his ankle in a challenge. He limps off the pitch and is replaced by Lobinger.
KLEMENT HAS A GO
A direct free-kick, about 40 yards out. It's an ambitious effort and Klement strikes it well but the accuracy is lacking.
Kownacki is proving highly effective up front for Fortuna, in terms of the accuracy of his passing.
Kenny Prince Redondo
Can Klement provide the spark to unlock the Fortuna defence once again?
NEVER WRITE OFF LAUTERN
If this result holds, it will be the eighth time this season that they have earned at least a point after conceding the first goal of the game.
KOWNACKI GOES CLOSE
A cross from the left finds Kownacki, whose header seems destined for the bottom corner until Luthe produces another big stop.
The visitors have had five shots already in this half, compare to just one before the break. Fortuna have only managed one attempt at goal since the restart.
SUPERB FROM OPOKU
A cross from the right is lofted into the box to Opoku, who executes a brilliant volley on the turn that Luthe does well to save - with Boyd just unable to get to the rebound. It wouldn't have counted as the flag goes up for offside, but it was another find attacking move from Lautern in this half.
BIG SAVE FROM KASTENMEIER!
Ritter receives the ball on the edge of the box and his deflected shot bobbles up, forcing the Fortuna goalkeeper to make a fine reflex save.
Wunderlich's corner from the right is delivered to the near post, where Kraus rises highest to head in!
GOAL!1 : 1
OFF THE BAR!!
Much better already from Kaiserslautern, who get forward straight away, with Wunderlich's rasping shot crashing off the crossbar!
No changes from Düsseldorf, but Lautern have brought on two new faces for the second half.
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SOBOTTKA MUST SCORE!
Luthe makes a mistake when trying to play the ball out from the back, selling a teammate short and allowing Sobottka to nip in and nab the ball from him. The midfielder charges into the box and only has Luthe to beat, but slides the ball wide of the post!
Düsseldorf have been the better team and created more chances. Plenty of room for improvement for the visitors in terms of their attacking play.
It's taken 37 minutes but finally Lautern have given the Fortuna defenders something to think about. Redondo jinks into the box, drawing a couple of opponents towards him, but he can't get the ball away to a teammate before he's corwded out.
HOPE FOR LAUTERN
The visitors have fallen behind four times in away games already this season - and they haven't lost any of them.
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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Dominik Schad 31.69km/h
Kenny Redondo 31.57km/h
Jean Zimmer 30.83km/h
MORE OF THE SAME
BOYD IN THE POCKET - SO FAR
Lautern's 14-time USA international hasn't had much service so far, but when he has he's generally been unceremoniously dumped off the ball by Oberdorf. Boyd does have eight goals this season though, so he's always a danger.
The Red Devils - dressed all in blue today, confusingly - haven't really got into the game yet and haven't managed to cause their hosts any headaches. Schad's miscontrol of a routine ball on the left just now symbolic of their nerves at the moment.
FIRST GOAL FOR KARBOWNIK
That's his first goal in his 12 outing in Bundesliga 2.
Iyoha dribbles across the edge of the box from right to left and plays the ball back to Karbownik. He's still a long way to go and has plenty to do, but his sudden acceleration takes him past two defenders before he smashes an unstoppable drive into the top corner!
GOAL!1 : 0
DÜSSELDORF ON TOP
1 off target
2 on target
0 off target
0 on target
KLARER GOES CLOSE!
A free-kick from the right is swung into the box and finds Klarer, whose header is well saved by Luthe. From the resulting corner, Klarer's centre-back partner Oberdorf has an even better chance to score from a flick-on, but can only direct his header into Luthe's arms with the goal at his mercy!
Iyoha and Peterson keep switching flanks to put their markers on edge and their direct running is causing some early problems.
Both teams are still finding their feet here but Fortuna have enjoyed the better start, pressing their opponents high up the pitch and aggressively winning the ball back as early as they can.
HERE WE GO!
The home side get us up and running on Matchday 17!
Handshakes, coin toss... we'll be under way very soon!
TEAM NEWS - DÜSSELDORF
The home side have made two changes following the 2-0 loss away at Hannover on Tuesday, with Iyoha an Peterson coming into the side at the expense of Klaus and Appelkamp.
TEAM NEWS - LAUTERN
Head coach Dirk Schuster makes four changes to the side that beat Karlsruhe just a couple of days ago: Durm returns from suspension, while Redondo, Wunderlich and Ciftci also come on, replacing Niehues, Hercher, Klement and Hanslik.
DÜSSELDORF STARTING XI
Kastenmeier - Zimmermann, Klarer, Oberdorf, Karbownik - Iyoha, Hendrix, Sobottka, Peterson - Hennings, Kownacki
Wolf, Hoffmann, Böckle, Klaus, Bodzek, Baah, Appelkamp, Fernandes Neto, Mansfeld
KAISERSLAUTERN STARTING XI
Luthe - Schad, Bormuth, Tomiak, Durm - Ritter, Ciftci - Zimmer, Wunderlich, Redondo - Boyd
Spahic, Kraus, Bünning, Hercher, Klement, Hanslik, Opoku, Lobinger, Zolinski
THIOUNE: "WE'RE UP AGAINST A STRONG TEAM"
SCHUSTER: "WE HAVE A TASK AHEAD"
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WHO WILL TAKE FOURTH?
Tonight's opponents start the evening level on points, with the hosts sixth - one place above their visitors thanks to a superior goal difference. A draw would see both shift up two spots, while they can each take fourth with a victory.
A very warm welcome to our live coverage of what looks like a cracker of a game between Fortuna Düsseldorf and Kaiserslautern in Bundesliga 2 tonight. Kick-off is 6.30pm CET, with team news dropping an hour before then so set your reminders now.