Nuremberg remain rooted to the foot of the table and will be left to wondering what if? What if Pereira had kept his hands to himself and not been sent off after four minutes. It was a blow they struggled to recover from despite taking the lead against the run of play. For Fortuna, they had to dig deep, but got the job done. It's another significant step towards survival for the hosts and a step in the wrong direction for the visitors.
90' + 2'
Fortuna seeing it out
Lukebakio turns on the afterburners and is brought down. Fortuna put no one in the box for the free-kick and instead play it backwards. Tells you where their priorities lie...
90' + 2'
Nuremberg have played with ten men since the fourth minute and their efforts have finally taken their toll. We asked whether their resilience would last the full 90 and we've got our answer. There are some really tired legs out there.
Wasn't far away!
It's Nuremberg's turn to threaten from a set-piece as a free-kick is taken short before Valentini fires a deflected effort just over from 30 yards. The clearance from the resulting corner also falls to the left-back, but his second effort is sent into row Z.
Nuremberg concede a needless free-kick out wide. Stöger steps up to whip in a free-kick which is met by Ayhan at the near post. His thumping header beats Mathenia all ends up as he moves onto three goals for the season.
ゴール！2 : 1
A dangerous cross by Gießelmann is cleared only as far as Stöger who sends a stinging half volley towards goal, which sails over. He wants a corner, but doesn't get one.
Unchartered territory for Fortuna
Düsseldorf have had 68% possession so far this evening, which will go down as a single season best if it stays that way. The most possession they've boasted in a league game this season was on Matchday 6 against Nuremberg when they had 59%.
What a chance!
Fortuna really should take the lead. The hosts break effectively as Raman floats the ball into the box. Lukebakio is unmarked at the back post and goes for an acrobatic effort when a simple one may have sufficed. An easy save for Mathenia.
Silver lining in the race for survival?
Having been reduced to ten men in the fourth minute, you have to think that taking a point will still feel like a big win for Nuremberg.
Is the comeback on?
Dodi Lukebakio won't get any fantasy points for it, but his cross was a peach. Nuremberg's first own goal of the season has brought the sides level and you fancy Düsseldorf to push on from here.
Heartbreak for Nuremberg
Much like Nuremberg's opener Düsseldorf's goal comes from nothing almost. Lukebakio picks the ball up out wide and whips a devilish delivery towards goal. Ewerton tries to get his head to it and turns it past Mathenia. The scores are level.
オウンゴール1 : 1
Only time will tell...
Düsseldorf have had Nuremberg pinned inside the final third for the good part of the second half. They've often got four or five men camped out in the box, but can't find the decisive pass to carve out a clear-cut opportunity.
Chance to double the lead
A rare foray forward from Nuremberg sees a corner met by Mühl, whose header is well saved by Drobny.
A ball into the Nuremberg box comes off the thigh of Morales and seems to clip the arm of Mühl. The decision goes to VAR, but no penalty is given.
Lukebakio looking lively
Whenever Dodi Lukebakio picks up the ball he's looking to make things happen. The winger cuts inside his man to surge towards goal, tries to play in Kownacki, but overcooks the pass. Right idea, wrong execution, but Fortuna need that spark.
Another great save!
Mathenia won out in the battle with Dortmund and he's having another great night between the sticks as he makes another strong save to deny Kownacki. A bit more pace on the shot and he'd have had no chance.
On your bikes?
Fortuna have a man advatange, but aren't making Nuremberg run enough to tire them out. Der Club ran just a kilometre less than their hosts in the first half.
What does Lutz have to say?
Talking to Sky Sports Germany at half time, Düsseldorf sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel had this to say: "It's very difficult. Nuremberg are sitting very deep. There's no need to panic though, we just got to keep creating chances and make a couple of them count."
45' + 5'
Düsseldorf wasteful, Nurembrg clinical
Löwen's strike was the highlight of the first half, but Düsseldorf only have themselves to blame for some poor defending and a lack of intensity with a man advantage. The goal has played right into ten-man Nuremberg's hands. They sat deep and dug deep against Dortmund. Can they do it again to pick up three precious points in their survival bid?
45' + 4'
Concern creeping into Fortuna's game
Fortuna are starting to take pop shots from all angles instead of trying to break Nuremberg down.
45' + 3'
Throw the form books out the window!
To say that goal came against the run of play is an understatement, but it also goes against the form books. Nuremberg now lead a Bundesliga game for the first time since October and for the very first time away from home this season. Game on!
Milestone moment for Löwen
Can you believe it? Löwen's first-ever Bundesliga goal is right out of the top drawer with his 14th attempt on goal. There have been few better strikes this season, let alone this weekend. Take a bow son!
WHAT A GOAL!
Where on earth has that come from? A long ball forward isn't dealt with by Düsseldorf. A bit of head tennis sees the ball land at the feet of Löwen, who takes on touch to set himself, before firing across his body and into the bottom corner from 25 yards. A belter of a shot!
ゴール！0 : 1
Over the bar!
Lukebakio is exactly the type of player who can make something out of nothing and he almost does on the left wing as his cross picks out Raman, who fires over on the volley.
Biding their time
Boasting a man advantage from such an early stage of the game, you get the impression that Düsselodrf know their chance will come if they can tire Nuremberg out. However, that also means there's not a real sense of urgency about fidning the cutting edge.
Corner for Fortuna. It's taken by Stöger and punched clear by Mathenia. The hosts keep the pressure on and ultimately see Raman's shot blocked by the Petrak, who looks like he's had his caged rattled after taking the ball to the back of the head.
...and now Mathenia has made a third. Space opens up for Lukebakio on the edge of the area. The Watford loanee is looking for the far corner, but doesn't quite get his angles right as he forces the save.
Mathenia in the thick of things
Christian Methenia has had the most touches of any Nurembrg player so far with 24. He's made two important saves as well...
Nuremberg are being pinned inside their own half and forced into making mistakes in dangerous areas by a hard-working Düsseldorf side. If they can keep it up all night, it's going to take a herculean effort.
WHAT A SAVE!
Fortuna should be in front! A free-kick is played right into the danger area by Stöger, but Mathenia is able to save on the line after Ayhan got his head to the ball. Fantastic reflex save.
Penalty claim for Fortuna
A lovely switch of play allows Gießelmann to whip the ball in from the left. Kownacki can't quite bring the ball under his spell inside the area, but in going to get his shot off, ends up kicking the leg of Ewerthon. Not enough to warrant a spot kick and he's back on his feet now...
Survivng a scare!
A sloppy backpass puts Mathenia under a lot of pressure resulting in the keeper's clearance cannoning back off the onrushing Kownacki and, fortunately for Nuremberg, over the bar.
Where's the final pass?
Lukebakio breaks free from inside his own half before playing in Kownacki. the Pass forces the Pole out wide and his cross is blocked as the chance fizzles out.
A feisty affair
Nuremberg are down to ten men, but showing a lot of heart in taking the game to Düsseldorf. Make no mistake, Fortuna may have their heads well above water, but this is set to be a hard-fought relegation six-pointer. Can the visitor's resilience last the full 90 like it did against Dortmund?
Hosts turning up the heat
Fortuna know they can be patient with the man advantage, but have started to threaten down the left with Raman twice putting the ball into the box to great effect. No takers for the finish yet.
Pereira goes in the history books
Pereira's sending off goes down as the fastest in Nuremberg's Bundesliga history. Der Club have had four players sent off this season, the most in the league level with Schalke and Stuttgart.
Pereira sent off for violent conduct
A huge early setback for Nuremberg, who are now facing up to 87 minutes with 10 men. The official verdict is that the winger has been sent off for violent conduct.
You can't make it up!
Pereira is sent off after replays show him hitting Gießelmann in the nether regions off the ball, which seems to be in retaliation following an aerial challenge moments before.
Gießelmann is down
An early stoppage with Niko Gießelmann down in midfield.
We're underway in Düsseldorf. Can Fortuna bounce back from defeat to Bayer Leverkusen or will Nuremberg be able to build on last week's heroic 0-0 draw with Dortmund?
Unwanted record for Nuremberg
Der Club will equal their longest winless run (17 Bundesliga matches) if they fail to take three points on Matchday 23.
The perfect survival guide in the relegation battle
Four of Düsseldorf's last five wins have come against teams below them in the standings. The other was at home to Dortmund.
Can Dodi rediscover his goalscoring touch?
Seven-goal Watford loanee Lukebakio has not scored in seven matches since netting against Dortmund on Matchday 17.
After clinching a 0-0 draw against the league leaders Borussia Dortmund, Nuremberg have seen no reason to make changes to their starting line-up. Why would they?
Funkel loves to make changes
Düsseldorf are yet to name an unchanged line-up this season. Tonight there are four changes in comparison to the loss to Leverkusen. Ayhan and Stöger return from suspension, while Raman and winter signing Dawid Kownacki - making his first start since joining from Sampdoria - feature in an attacking line-up.
TEAM NEWS: Nuremberg
Confirmed line-up:Mathenia – Valentini, Mühl, Ewerton, Leibold – Petrak – Kubo, Löwen, Behrens, Pereira – Zrelak
TEAM NEWS: Fortuna Düsseldorf
Confirmed line-up: Drobny – Zimmermann, Ayhan, Kaminski, Gießelmann – Lukebakio, Stöger, Morales, Raman – Kownacki, Karaman
Welcome along to the match centre for the game Düsseldorf vs. Nürnberg from matchday 23 of the 2018/19 Bundesliga season at the Merkur Spielarena. Check back here for full information on the match.