Fortuna Düsseldorf picked up just their second win of the Bundesliga season as they got the better of 10-man Hertha Berlin on Saturday afternoon.
Fortuna Düsseldorf 4-1 Hertha Berlin
Goals: 1-0 Usami (50'), 2-0 Hennings (63'), 3-0 Raman (84'), 3-1 Selke (88'), 4-1 Raman (90'+2)
Red card: Mittelstädt (41')
After a tentative opening at the Merkur Spiel-Arena, Düsseldorf carved out the game's first half-chance, as Rouwen Hennings sent a long-range effort high into the stands. Ondrej Duda, who came into the game with as many Bundesliga goals as the entire Fortuna team, nearly got his seventh of the campaign after brilliantly controlling Salomon Kalou's cross, but Michael Rensing did well to block the Slovakia midfielder's shot. Hertha continued to look the more dangerous of the two sides, with Valentino Lazaro putting in some fine set-piece deliveries, but the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Maximilian Mittelstädt was shown a second yellow card just before half-time. Dodi Lukebakio was Düsseldorf's biggest threat going forward, but the Belgian never seriously troubled Rune Jarstein in the opening period.
It didn't take Düsseldorf long to make their extra man count. Five minutes into the second half, Niko Gießelmann slipped the ball into Takashi Usami, who took a touch before rifling into the roof of the net for his first goal of the season. Hennings then squandered a chance to double the hosts' lead from a quick counter-attack, but made up for it just after the hour mark as he swept in Matthias Zimmerman's inch-perfect cross from close range. Hertha needed a superb block from substitute Derrick Luckassen to prevent Hennings getting his second, but Benito Raman went on to make it 3-0 within seconds of coming off the bench. Davie Selke did grab a consolation for the visitors after barrelling through late on, but Fortuna had the final word as Raman completed his brace in injury time. Hertha are now without a win in five, while Düsseldorf claimed their first victory since mid-September.
- Usami scored his third Bundesliga goal, and his first in over six years. He was last on target in the German top flight for Hoffenheim against VfB Stuttgart on 26 September 2012. Fortuna scored as many goals in this game as they had in their previous eight. Düsseldorf coach Friedhelm Funkel took charge of his 470th Bundesliga game, moving level with Hennes Weisweiler in joint seventh position on the all-time list.Vladimir Darida made his first start of the Bundesliga season, while Düsseldorf captain Oliver Fink came on for his first appearance since 6 April 2018 after a series of injury problems.Hertha captain Vedad Ibisevic has scored four goals this season, but hasn't found the back of the net since the Matchday 6 win over Bayern Munich.Düsseldorf's Alfredo Morales is one of six American players to have scored in the Bundesliga this season.
Düsseldorf: Rensing – Zimmermann, Bormuth, Kaminski, Gießelmann – Zimmer (Raman 83'), Bodzek (c), Stöger, Usami – Lukebakio (Karaman 69'), Hennings (Fink 89')
Unused subs: Theißen, Ayhan, Ducksch, Nielsen
Absentees: Contento (knee), Hoffmann (concussion), Sobottka (knee), Wolf (neck)
Coach: Friedhelm Funkel
Hertha: Jarstein – Lazaro, Stark (Luckassen 25'), Rekik, Mittelstädt – Maier, Darida – Kalou, Duda (Selke 57'), Dilrosun – Ibisevic (c) (Torunarigha 46')
Unused subs: Kraft, Leckie, Dardai, Lustenberger
Absentees: Gersbeck (cruciate ligament), Kade (ankle), Grujic (fitness)
Coach: Pal Dardai