1860 See off not so Fortunate Fortuna
Fortuna Duesseldorf 0-0 TSV 1860 Munich
Goals: 0-1 Lauth (9’), 1-1 Benschop (35’ pen.), 2-1 Tomasov (78’)
TSV 1860 Munich robbed Fortuna Duesseldorf of three points in front of an impressive 33,000 fans. Against the run of play, Benjamin Lauth put Sechzig ahead, before Benschop deservedly levelled from the spot. Fortuna pressed for a winner but 1860 substitute Marin Tomasov drilled a low strike to seal the win.
With four changes (one forced) to his side, Alexander Schmidt was looking for 1860 to do the one thing they struggled to do last season: be consistent. Spurred on by their home fans though, it was Fortuna who were on top in the early stages; Kenia’s effort went just over the right-hand corner of the goal.
The opening goal did come and inside the opening ten minutes too, but it was the visitors who got it. Bobby Wood flicked on Wojtkowiak’s throw and Benjamin Lauth evaded the attention of his marker to sweep home. Fortuna responded as if 1860 hadn’t even scored, enjoying large amounts of possession in the final third. Ten minutes later, and Benschop was inches away from an equaliser but just couldn’t get a touch on Bellinghausen’s low cross.
Alexander Schmidt’s men continued to absorb pressure from the home side with Gabor Kiraly saving well from a bouncing Bellinghausen half-volley, but Fortuna were not to be denied and when Yannick Stark fouled Kenia inside the area, Benschop converted superbly from the spot to deservedly level the scores.
The second half saw a reduced tempo, but just as much pressure from Mike Buesken’s side. 1860 were hoping to catch Fortuna on the break again but last year’s Bundesliga side pressed high, making it difficult for Schmidt’s team. As the tempo of the game slowly reduced, Fortuna’s grip loosened.
Substitute Marin Tomasov found space on the left from a deep Kiraly free kick and out of nothing powered a strong finish across Fabian Giefer into the far corner to once again give 1860 a flattering lead. Benschop had a similar chance at the other end minutes later, but could only drag his effort wide. Sechzig survived a late surge as the home team desperately sought an equaliser, but they were found wanting as TSV 1860 Munich stole the three points.
Fortuna Duesseldorf: Giefer – Balogun, Levels, Bomheuer, Ramirez – Lambertz, Bodzek (86’ Wegkamp) – Bolly (77’ Omae), Kenia (67’ Reisinger), Bellinghausen – Benschop
TSV 1860 Munich: Kiraly – Wojtkowiak, Vallori, Buelow, Schindler – Wannenwetsch, Y. Stark – Stoppelkamp, Adlung (82’ Hertner) – Lauth (67’ Tomasov), Wood (59’ Hain)
Yellow cards: Bodzek, Balogun
Attendance: 33, 000
Referee: Dr. Jochen Drees