MORALES GOAL RULED OUT
Manuel Neuer's beaten, but Alfredo Morales' well-taken strike won't count. The whistle had already sounded for an offside decision by the time the USA international connected with his effort.
COUTINHO GETS IN ON THE ACT
No way back for Fortuna now. Pavard heads a Thommy cross clear to kick-start the Bayern counter. The ball is played to Lewandowski who, occupying a position on the left, bursts away and crosses into the six-yard box. Müller makes his presence felt, but doesn't get a touch as Coutinho pokes into the open net.
ゴール！0 : 4
LEWY STILL HUNTING
Benjamin Pavard wellies a low ball into the six-yard box for Lewandowski, but it's a big ask and the Bayern No.9 is unable to steer his shot on the stretch on target. He's scored in every league game so far this season, remember. Will the hot streak continue...?
An inviting ball is floated into the Bayern area, but Thomas Müller is back there defending. He confidently heads it behind for a corner which, with better communication between Adams and Bodzek, might have forced a save from Manuel Neuer.
ADAMS UP TOP
Kasim Adams bulldozes his way into the Bayern area, but holds off shooting before being dispossessed by Corentin Tolisso. Credit to Fortuna - they're having a go at the defending champions early in the second half.
Bayern win a free-kick, which Kimmich whips into the danger zone. It's cleared only as far as Coutinho, whose goal-bound drive is deflected behind.
BIG ASK FOR FORTUNA
What have Fortuna got in the tank, if anything? Pride? Or will they go all-out and try to make a game of it...?
45' + 2'
THREE AND EASY FOR BAYERN
Hansi Flick will be a happy man at the break. Bayern, who have looked like scoring every time they've come forward, are all but home and hosed. As things stand, the best Fortuna can hope for in the second 45 is damage limitation.
GNABRY MAKES IT THREE!
Bayern are cruising. Coutinho catches Fortuna cold with a fine pass out wide for Pavard. The Frenchman fires it across goal for Müller, whose initial attempt its blocked by Adams. Gnabry's lurking, though, and when Müller pops it back, he has the simple task of stroking home from close range. There's a VAR check for a possible handball, but no such luck for Fortuna: 3-0 down after 35 minutes - talk about mountain to climb.
ゴール！0 : 3
OFF THE POST!
Oh, Lewandowski - we're not worthy! The Pole takes out three Fortuna players with an exquiste turn of pace. An audacious outside-of-the boot pass finds its way to Serge Gnabry at the far post, but the Germany international can only steer it onto the outside of the woodwork. That would have been some goal.
Zack Steffen will not want to see this again. The American plays a loose ball straight to the feet of Müller, who finds Gnabry out on the right. Müller swipes at air as the ball comes into the box, but Tolisso makes no mistake with a cool side-footed finish. It could be a long afternoon for Fortuna...
ゴール！0 : 2
SO CLOSE FROM COUTINHO!
Thomas Müller again from out wide right supplies the pass. Coutinho goes for the first-time flick under pressure from Zimmermann... wide! That would have been tasty.
Thomas Müller goes on the overlap to collect a pass from Pavard. He takes a look up before crossing towards Lewandowski, but Steffen intervenes with a confident diving catch. He just needs a cape to complete the look.
Superb interchange between Müller and Lewandowski as the former slips in the latter with a cute back-heel. Lewy strides beyond Kasim Adams, but fires narrowly wide of the far post on his left foot. He had men in the middle - but that's striker's instinct for you. His wait for a first career goal against Fortuna goes on.
Serge Gnabry gets in behind the home defence and clips a ball over to the penalty spot for Robert Lewandowski. The Pole goes for the spectacular, but Fortuna get bodies in the way to prevent the overhead attempt coming off. It's only a matter of time before Bayern score again, you feel...
ALABA SET-PIECE THREAT
Düsseldorf chasing shadows as Bayern win a free-kick a good 30 yards from Steffen's goal. Alaba lines it up, but there's not enough dip on the effort to trouble the Fortuna keeper.
PAVARD? KIMMICH? BAYERN LEAD!
Lovely stuff again from Bayern. Lewandowski's at the heart of it, controlling brilliantly from Serge Gnabry and laying the ball off for Thomas Müller on the edge of the box. He strokes it first time, but a deflection takes the ball past the post and out for a corner. Fortuna survive the first delivery, but not the second. Müller plays a short pass to Joshua Kimmich, who curls goalwards. Benjamin Pavard takes a swipe - it's not clear if he gets a touch - but Steffen's beaten and Bayern lead!
ゴール！0 : 1
Bayern move the ball from left to right. Alaba's initial cross is repelled, but the ball is returned with interest. Lewandowsk picks it up, swivels, dances and lets rip, but his left-footed effort is charged down. Ping-pong ensues, before Fortuna dig it out and hook clear.
FORTUNA FAVOURS THE BRAVE
Rouwen Hennings holds the ball up brilliantly in the final third, before squeezing a finely weighted ball between Benjamin Pavard and Javi Martinez. Dawid Kownacki races into the box, but there's just too much pace on the pass. Right idea, and an encoraging sign for the hosts.
On the kit front... Fortuna are in black with red horizontal stripes with a white trim. Bayern are is white shirts and grey shorts.
MASTER AND APPRENTICE
David Alaba and Alphonso Davies are deep in conversation in the tunnel. Davies has started Bayern's last three league matches at left-back, with Alaba - the club's first-choice in the position - deputising in the centre of defence. Phonzy could scarcely wish for a more knowledgeable mentor.
THE LEAGUE LADDER
Third in the standings at the start of play, Bayern can climb as high as second with a win this weekend. They're currently four points behind leagues Borussia Mönchengladbach, who are in action away to promoted Union Berlin. Second-placed RB Leipzig, with a marginally superior goal difference to Bayern, host struggling Cologne in Saturday's late kick-off. Fortuna are down in 13th on 11 points. Victory could put as many as five points between them and the relegation play-off spot currently occupied by Mainz. A defeat, coupled with unfavorable results elsewhere, could land them in the bottom three.
Zack Steffen has been a revelation since joining Fortuna on a season-long loan from Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the summer. The USA No.1 has only kept one clean sheet, but he's a big part of why Düsseldorf are sitting above, rather than in, the relegation zone after 11 matches. Only Union Berlin's Rafal Gikiewicz (46) has saved more shots on his goal than the former Freiburg reserve-team stopper (43). "We'll need a goalkeeper who surpasses himself," warned Fortuna coach Friedhelm Funkel prior to the game.
THE FLICK EFFECT
Two wins, six goals scored, not a goal - not even a shot on goal - conceded. Flick's reward is the interim job until "at least" Christmas. Can he strengthen his case to be Bayern's permanent head coach with a third successive win? "I want to win every match," the 54-year-old said at his pre-match press conference. "I know it isn't so easy, but in general I'm optimistic, so I approach every match wanting to win it. And the team want to win too, they want to achieve the maximum."
Robert Lewandowski's 16 goals after the first 11 games is a new Bundesliga record. He needs one more to match Gerd Müller's record of 17 after 12 matchdays, but the Pole has never scored against Düsseldorf. The Rhineland club are, in fact, the only current Bundesliga team missing from his list of conquests.
Flick's opposite number, Friedhelm Funkel, makes two changes to the side that thrice fought back to draw 3-3 with Schalke prior to the November international break. Oliver Fink and Erik Thommy come into the midfield, with Jean Zimmer and Andre Hoffmann relegated to the bench. Matthias Zimmermann drops in at right-back.
With Kingsley Coman not at 100 per cent, Philippe Coutinho comes in on the Bayern left. The Brazilian is making his first start under Hansi Flick, and first since in the league since the Matchday 9 win over Union Berlin. Corentin Tolisso is the other change from the 4-0 win over Borussia Dortmund, the Frenchman replacing Leon Goretzka in midfield. It's Flick's third game at the helm, but the first in which he's switched up his starting line-up.
FORTUNA STARTING XI
Steffen - Zimmermann, Ayhan, Adams, Gießelmann - Fink, Bodzek, Morales, Thommy - Kownacki, Hennings (c)
Kastenmeier, Hoffmann, Ampomah, Suttner, Sobottka, Bormuth, Baker, Tekpetey, Zimmer
BAYERN STARTING XI
Neuer (c) - Pavard, Martinez, Alaba, Davies - Kimmich, Tolisso - Gnabry, Müller, Coutinho - Lewandowski
Ulreich, Thiago, Cuisance, Perisic, Goretzka, Coman, Mai
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