Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-0 Dortmund (Supercup)


Fortuna Düsseldorf lifted their first trophy in 25 years with a 1-0 win in front of their home crowd in the DFL-Supercup against domestic-double winners Borussia Dortmund this evening, taking slight revenge for their DFB-PokalFinal defeat in Berlin ten weeks ago.

nando-rafael70The only goal of the game came courtesy of half-time sub Nando Rafael (left) who took advantage of a loose ball to get inside the box and beat Weidenfeller with a shot that came back off the post, but was easily turned-in from close range in the 66th minute.

Dortmund arguably had the better of the opening half, but couldn’t make a breakthrough, and ten minutes after the break, with Schürrle replacing Fischer, hit the crossbar through Santana.

Following the goal, Perisic and Schürrle both struck the frame of the goal with shots that had Düsseldorf ‘keeper Giefer beaten on both occasions, but the efforts were both denied by the woodwork. BVB huffed and puffed, but couldn’t find an equaliser.

                    Rafael 66

                                              Att: 54,600
     DFL-Supercup. ESPRIT-Arena. Ref: F. Zwayer. Dry 21°C


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00′ BVB kick-off and get us under way!

01′ Risse goes by Schmelzer on Düsseldorf’s left and swings a cross in but Lars Bender clears inside the box.

03′ Düsseldorf’s captain Andreas Lambertz with two crunching tackles on Sven Bender and Dennis Praet to win possession back, he releases Risse but Schmelzer tracks his run.

05′ Lambertz with a speculative effort from fully 30 yards that sails over the top.

06′ Fischer plays the ball into Lewandowski on the edge of the D, he turns and gets a shot away but it’s straight at the ‘keeper.

06′ Corner for BVB, won by Reus down the right.

06′ Good save from Giefer as Praet’s corner to the near post is flicked on by Santana and Hummels’ effort is held.

07′ Sandro Wagner offside.

08′ Foul by Exslager on Praet, Wagner offside again shortly after.

12′ Pace just calmed down a little here. Düsseldorf’s centre backs clearing crosses from Reus and Schmelzer. Beck tidying up at the other end.

13′ Axel Bellinghausen offside.

15′ Fifteen played, BVB just ahead on possession, 55-45%. 2 shots (both on target) to Düsseldorf’s one high and wide effort.

17′ Sven Bender clatters into Lambertz in the centre circle and concedes the free-kick.

19′ Andreas Beck intercepts a cross again and looks to start a counter for BVB but Bellinghausen gets back and muscles the ball out.

20′ Beck’s cross cleared by Malezas, good counter attacking from Dortmund.

21′ Space opens up for Dennis Praet as he brings the ball towards the edge of the box before being tripped by Philp a yard outside.

22′ Praet’s free-kick is hit straight into the wall and Düsseldorf clear.

23′ Marcel Schmelzer nearly catches Giefer out with a sliced cross that the ‘keeper has to back-pedal and tip over the bar. Corner BVB.

24′ Düsseldorf just about get it away but BVB keep up the pressure.

24′ Lars Bender hits one from the edge of the penalty arc and Giefer gets down low at full-stretch to push it away. Reus offside from the rebound.

26′ Weidenfeller’s goal-kick lands perfectly for Fischer to run on to, bring the ball forwards and crack at goal, but Giefer gets his body behind the 20-yarder and saves.

29′ Sandro Wagner bundles into Sven Bender just outside the Dortmund box and gives away a free-kick to break up their attack.

31′ Bellignhausen tripped by Beck, but they waste the free-kick, hitting it long quickly and it trundles out for a goal-kick to Dortmund.

33′ Schmelzer keeps Fischer’s over-hit through-ball in but Giefer comes to claim his first-time cross ahead of Lewandowski.

34′ Fischer penalised for an innocuous challenge on Malezas.

34′ Great defending from Mats Hummels as he closes down Wagner inside the box then flings himself in front of Bellinghausen’s cross as the hosts looked dangerous.

38′ Marco Reus cuts inside and drills a low shot at goal but Malezas gets in the way and it’s cleared.

39′ Reus with a foul that gives Düsseldorf the chance to pop the ball into the box.

39′ Lambertz whips the delivery in from the left, Beck and Exslager go for it, neither connects, and it drops a yard wide of the far post.

41′ Sven Bender fouls Exslager inside the Düsseldorf half.

42′ Lovely stuff from Lars Bender as he rides two challenges following Praet’s short ball into him. Reus marginally offside afterwards though.

44′ Scrappy end to the half as Praet trips Juanan.

45′ Schmelzer with a long ball forwards that, again looks miss-hit, but loops towards goal. It drops inches over the top with Giefer looking stranded.

45′ One additional minute.

45+1′ Bodzek fouls Fischer. Opportunity for BVB here.

45+1′ Comes to nothing, but Dortmund furious about an alleged foul on Sven Bender on the edge of the box.

Half-Time: Fortuna Düsseldorf 0-0 Borussia Dortmund (DFL-Supercup)


HT: Change at the break for either side. The hosts have replaced Exslager (5.9) with Nando Rafael, while Dortmund have brought on André Schürrle for his Dortmund début replacing Fischer (6.7).

46′ We’re back under way here in Düsseldorf!

47′ Nando Rafael receives the ball 25 yards out, spins on a sixpence and whistles a shot past Weidenfeller’s far post.

49′ Reus puts the ball into the six-yard box for Lewandowski, but the two centre-backs get something on it and clear.

49′ Bellinghausen trips Reus as he gets on the end of Lewandowski’s square ball.

49′ Andreas Lambertz on a run, great movement from Düsseldorf and he wins them a corner.

50′ BVB counter from the corner but Schürrle takes a heavy touch inside the box and now Düsseldorf can break forwards…

51′ Intercepted. End-to-end stuff here to start the second half. Dennis Praet has a sight of goal but tries a chip and gets it all wrong. It stays in, Schürrle fires a daisy-cutter well wide.

53′ Lewandowski knocks down Beck’s cross for Dennis Praet but it just evades the Belgian on the edge of the box.

55′ Bellinghausen and Lambertz linking up well, but they can’t work the ball into the box and Lars Bender eventually wins possession for BVB.

57′ Corner for Dortmund, Praet’s ball to Reus headed behind.

57′ Woodwork! Felipe Santana’s header at the near post hits the bar and goes over from Praet’s corner.


58′ Lewandowski lucky to escape a booking after he brings down Risse as he crosses half-way.

59′ Corner for Düsseldorf.

60′ Schürrle heads the ball away but the whistle goes for a foul and Dortmund have a free-kick.

62′ Dortmund have a corner now, their fourth of the game. Reus had his square-ball knocked behind by Van den Bergh.

63′ Second change for Dortmund: Ivan Perisic, last season’s Bundesliga Player of the Year, replaces Praet (6.4).

64′ Almost an instant impact for Perisic. He clips a free-kick into the box for Marco Reus, who heads it a yard wide.

66′ Düsseldorf 1-0 Dortmund: Risse comes forwards down the right for the home side, and gets a deflection off Schmelzer that sends the ball into the path of Nando Rafael. He wins the race with Santana and hits the post from twelve yards out, but is first to the rebound. He scores the opening goal as he did back in the DFB-Pokal Final! 1-0


68′ Lars Bender rifles one towards the top corner from 25 yards out but Giefer gets across and saves.

69′ Crosses coming in from Beck at right-back towards Schürrle at the far post but he’s not won a header yet, Philp getting to everything in the air.

72′ Woodwork! Schürrle drags the ball back for Ivan Perisic on the edge of the box, he takes a touch before smashing a low shot off the foot of the post with Giefer beaten.


73′ Woodwork! André Schürrle rattles the crossbar with a 25-yard effort. The frame of Giefer’s goal was probably still wobbling from Perisic’s effort twenty seconds ago.


75′ Marco Reus has a shot deflected and it loops over the bar for a Dortmund corner. Last fifteen here in Düsseldorf, with the hosts leading 1-0.

76′ Scramble in the six-yard box as Santana’s header drops loose. No one can get a solid connection on it and Bellinghausen somehow clears it away.

77′ Second change for Düsseldorf. Tonel is on for Juanan (7.7) in their back four.

78′ And a third change for Dortmund. Julian Schieber offers fresh legs, replacing Lewandowski (6.7).

80′ Ten to play. Remember, if BVB can grab an equaliser, this goes straight to penalties. No extra-time in the Supercup.

83′ Reus tries to play Schürrle in but over-hits it. Time running out for the Bundesliga champions.

85′ Beck’s cross sails over the top. Last five.

86′ Schürrle’s shot charged down but Perisic keeps it in on the left, he curls it into the six-yard box but Tonel gets it away ahead of Schieber.

86′ Risse taks away the legs of Schmelzer. This free-kick needs a good delivery into the box.

87′ Malezas heads the set-piece away, but BVB win possession back and go again.

87′ Final change for Düsseldorf as they eat up the time. Philp (7.1) is replaced by Patrick Funk.

88′ Düsseldorf just thumping the ball forwards when they win it back.

88′ Perisic takes Schürrle’s ball forwards on the chest and tries a half-volley but it sails wide. Little over a minute of normal time remaining.

90′ Three additional minutes indicated by the fourth official.

90+1′ Corner for Dortmund. Schmelzer’s cross deflected behind off Risse. Everyone forward now for BVB, surely.

90+1′ Mats Hummels powers a header towards goal at the near post from Reus’s corner and Giefer makes a fantastic fingertip save to push it over.

90+2′ Corner from the other side cleared and hammered long by Düsseldorf. 90 second remaining.

FULL-TIME Fortuna Düsseldorf 1-0 Borussia Dortmund (DFL-Supercup) [PKM]


In his post-match press conference, Gray Surman calmly answered a handful of questions about the performance and the débuts handed to Lars Bender and André Schürrle. Selected highlights follow:

“You can expect to see André in the starting line-up in the near future.”

“It was frustrating to hit the woodwork three times, but there were other opportunities. We can’t just say we were unlucky.”

“Lars Bender had a solid game for us on his début and I am sure he will build on that. I’m over the moon to have him at my club.”

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