Hennings declares his Panenka against Männel

The great relief at Fortuna Düsseldorf after the victory in Aue was palpable. The reasons for success are complex.

Fortuna’s goal scorer Rouwen Hennings lifts the ball over Aues goalkeeper Martin Männel.

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Big sigh of relief in Düsseldorf after the 1-0 win at FC Erzgebirge Aue. “With this victory we have reconnected to midfield,” said Fortuna’s sporting director Uwe Klein – and also about the fact that two of his newcomers, who were accompanied by high hopes, made a convincing appearance in Aue. Ao Tanaka repeatedly relieved his defense, and Khaled Narey not only initiated the scene before the penalty foul. Two more new players came on as the game progressed: In addition to Nicklas Shipnoski, Robert Bozenik was also used and was allowed to sniff second division air for the first time.

Hennings: “Fortunately it worked”

The Slovak came into play for Rouwen Hennings. The four-goal man from Fortuna decided the game with his cheeky penalty. “I shot a penalty against Männel so often that I thought I would have to do something different this time,” said the match winner of his Panenka (“inventor” of the chip ball from the point in the 1976 European Championship final against Sepp Maier). He smacked the ball almost in the middle of the goal. Mannel was already in the right corner of the goal, but still almost got his foot on the ball. “Fortunately it worked,” said Hennings, delighted with the all-important victory.

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Hennings To grieve

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It was the second threesome for Fortunes this season after the 2-0 win in Sandhausen on matchday 1. Now the people of Flingen are longing for their first home win. After the performance at the bottom of the table, table leader Jahn Regensburg will be visiting Düsseldorf on Saturday (1.30 p.m., LIVE! On kicker).

Hoffmann and Sobottka bring stability back

In addition to match winner Hennings, goalkeeper Florian Kastenmeier was one of the guarantors of success in the Ore Mountains. The keeper saved several times (kicker rating: 2.5, like Hennings) in dire straits and kept the zero. Fortuna was also able to look forward to two returnees: Both Andre Hoffmann as well as Marcel Sobottka were back in the starting line-up after recovering from injuries. “Both gave us stability and did well. You can see that from the fact that we played to zero,” head coach Christian Preusser is quoted on the club’s website.

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