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BAYER MARCH ON

Leverkusen's levels dropped in the second half and they will be disappointed with losing a clean sheet, but their first-half performance was exceptional. The Werkself showed their attacking verve again by scoring three goals, and they were far more solid at the back compared to last week against Paderborn. Bosz's men take their place alongside Dortmund, joint-top of the league with two wins from two.

BAYER MARCH ON

Leverkusen's levels dropped in the second half and they will be disappointed with losing a clean sheet, but their first-half performance was exceptional. The Werkself showed their attacking verve again by scoring three goals, and they were far more solid at the back compared to last week against Paderborn. Bosz's men take their place alongside Dortmund, joint-top of the league with two wins from two.
Full-time
90' + 1'

DÜSSELDORF BACK DOWN TO EARTH

Compared with the high standards they set last season, and last week, Fortuna were not at the races today, though they did attempt something of a fightback in the second half with Morales' goal. After winning on the opening day, they couldn't repeat the performance today, but there are positives to be taken for Zack Steffen and Lewis Baker, who both put in battling displays.
83'
<- Nadiem Amiri
-> Kerem Demirbay
83'

MORALES PULLS ONE BACK

Morales had a sighter of goal a few moments ago and now he's found the target to give Fortuna hope in this game with some eight minutes to play. A cross comes in from the right that is poorly cleared by Tah and the American collects the ball and dummies a defender before shooting low past Hradecky.
82'

Alfredo Morales

GOAL!

1 : 3
Alfredo Morales
80'
substitutesJonathan Tah
78'

MORALES GOES CLOSE

Some sloppy defending from Lars Bender on Bayer's right sees the ball find its way to Alfredo Morales, who sends a rasping shot from distance just wide of the post.
77'
<- Lucas Alario
-> Kevin Volland
77'
substitutesMatthias Zimmermann
70'

BODZEK GOES BIG

Bodzek signals his intent with a booming drive from distance. Hradecky is on hand to palm it away to his his right, and it seems to have livened up the visitors, who have been coasting for most of the afternoon.
67'

BAKER'S RACE IS RUN

And there is the change, as Baker is replaced by Adam Bodzek. You can't fault the young Englishman's commitment, but it just hasn't been his day.
67'
<- Adam Bodzek
-> Lewis Baker
66'
<- Moussa Diaby
-> Leon Bailey
65'

STEFFEN AGAIN!

The next goal is crucial here and as hard as Fortuna are trying to score it, the gaps are opening up at the back. Volland nicks the ball on the halfway line and crosses for Bellarabi, who shoots straight at Steffen. Meanwhile, Moussa Diaby is on for Bayer, and Funkel might consider taking off Baker, who has just received a final warning from the referee.
61'
substitutesAlfredo Morales
59'
<- Dawid Kownacki
-> Kenan Karaman
54'

BAKER TESTS HRADECKY

The Luton-born man has a tough afternoon, scoring the own goal and receiving a a yellow card moments ago. But he wins a free-kick after a strong run and he takes it himself, drawing a decent stop from Lukas Hradecky.
49'
substitutesLewis Baker
47'

STEFFEN TO THE RESCUE

Leverkusen are three goals to the good and but for Steffen it would be four. Barely seconds after the restart, Bellarabi is sent clear in the penalty area and shoots low at goal, but Steffen's legs divert the ball behind for a corner. Meanwhile, Düsseldorf have made a change to try and claw a way back into the game by sending on the pacey Bernard Tekpetey for Süttner.
Kick-off!
45'
<- Bernard Tekpetey
-> Markus Suttner
45' + 4'

DÜSSELDORF SECOND BEST

The referee's whistle brings the first half to a close and not a moment too soon for the home side. They have been kept at arm's length by a confident, clinical Leverkusen so far, who themselves have exhibited none of the defensive vulnerabilities on show against Paderborn last weekend. Peter Bosz will be confident his side have this game won already.
Half-time
40'

GAME SET AND MATCH?

Kevin Volland, take a bow. He created the first goal with pure acceleration and he's made the second with some sublime dribbling to bamboozle Kevin Hoffmann and cross for Bellarabi to side-foot a neat finish past Steffen. This game may well be beyond the hosts now, who have offered very little threat in attack.
39'

Karim Bellarabi

GOAL!

0 : 3
Karim Bellarabi
34'

ARANGUIZ STRIKES

Fortuna were beginning to build up something of a head of steam, but some defensive carelessness has cost them here. Kerem Demirbay stands over a free-kick in a central position and floats a nice ball into the chest of Charles Aranguiz, who has all the time in the world to control and finish well. There is a VAR check for offside and a possible handball, but the legality of the goal is confirmed and Leverkusen have a two-goal lead. Friedhelm Funkel will be disappointed by losing a goal like that.
33'

Charles Aránguiz

GOAL!

0 : 2
Charles Aránguiz
27'

GOOD RESPONSE FROM BAKER

One has to feel for Lewis Baker, the unfortunate and unwitting goalscorer for Leverkusen. There was little the Englishman could have done for the goal, but since then he has not hidden. On the contrary he's made some strong runs with the ball and is demanding it at every opportunity.
21'

OFF THE LINE!

Leverkusen go close to a second goal! The corner comes in from the right and is met by Lars Bender, whose goalbound header is diverted off the goalline by Markus Süttner. That could be crucial, becase Leverkusen have looked comfortably indeed so far.
14'
substitutesCharles Aránguiz
12'

HAVERTZ: A SILKEN TOUCH

This game is barely a few minutes old but already Havertz has shown glimpses of his mercurial talent. He plays his part in a flowing team move with a classy touch and nutmegged pass into the path of Bellarabi, though the attack breaks down.
7'

VISITORS STRIKE

Volland has started this game really strongly and he forces home the opening goal with a storming run. The defender couldn't stay with him, Steffen couldn't stop the cross come in and Lewis Baker, on loan from Chelsea, couldn't stop himself putting the ball through his own net under pressure from Kerem Demirbay.
6'

Lewis Baker

OWN GOAL!

0 : 1
Lewis Baker
5'

VOLLAND FIRES THE FIRST SHOT IN

After a scrappy start to the game, it's to Leverkusen that the firs opportunity falls. Havertzs brings down a high ball with a beautiful touch and advances from the right-hand side. He slides a pass in to Volland, who turns and shoots but can only draw a comfortable save from Steffen. 
2'

AWAY WE GO!

The match is underway and we are in for a treat here, as two sides high on self-belief go head-to-head.
Kick-off!

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS FOR DÜSSELDORF

Fortuna lost home and away in this fixture last season and you actually have to go back to August 1996 - three years before Havertz was born - for their last league win over Die Werkself. Will they break that duck today?

HAVERTZ ON FIRE

Meanwhile, Leverlusen have their own man of the moment. Kai Havertz is just 19 years old but last week became the second-youngest player in the league's history to reach 25 goals. The Aachen native was the club's top scorer with 20 goals in all competitions last season and has notched in each of his competitive appearances so far this term. His confidence is sky-high right now. 

LETS TALK ABOUT ZACK

As we said below, Zack Steffen's Bundesluga debut couldn't have gone much better. The man on loan from Manchester City made a league-high ten saves at Bremen last week to help Fortuna to the perfect start to their campaign. They're up against one of the league's big guns today in Leverkusen, but those three points last week have given them a buffer should the result today not go their way. Steffen will certainly not mind a busy afternoon, on the evidence he has given already.

LEVERKUSEN XI

Hradecky – Tah, S. Bender, Wendell – L. Bender (c), Demirbay, Aranguiz, Bailey – Bellarabi, Volland, Havertz

DÜSSELDORF XI

Steffen – Zimmermann, Ayhan, Hoffmann, Gießelmann – Morales, Baker – Thommy, Karaman, Suttner – Hennings (c)

BELLARABI FROM THE OFF

Leverkusen scored three last week against Paderborn and might have had more, and Peter Bosz is going for goals again this weekend. Kevin Volland, Leon Bailey and Kai Havertz - the goalscorers on Matchday 1 - are joined by Karim Bellarabi in attack, with Julian Baumgartlinger dropping to the bench.

HOSTS UNCHANGED

Perhaps unsurprisingly it's as you were for Fortuna, who field the same team that started last week's impressive 3-1 win at Werder Bremen. That means USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen keeps his place in goal - of that there was no doubt following his heroics last weekend - with skipper Rouwen Hennings leading the line. David Kownacki is back in the squad and takes his place on the bench.

TEAMS ARE IN!

We're just under an hour away from kick-off and that means the line-ups have been announced...
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