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(ATT 44,153) 2nd February 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: W Stark

F Dusseldorf Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Stuttgart Stuttgart

F Dusseldorf 3

R Kruse (10, 37)
O Fink (76)

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Stuttgart 1

C Gentner (60)

Much-needed win for Fortuna

Last Updated: 02/02/13 6:02pm

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Robbie Kruse: On target in Fortuna success

Robbie Kruse: On target in Fortuna success

Fortuna Dusseldorf broke their 2013 duck with a much-needed 3-1 win over Stuttgart, who have now lost four Bundesliga games in a row.

Robbie Kruse put Dusseldorf in control of the game with a brace before Christian Gentner brought Stuttgart back into the running.

Oliver Fink then sealed victory for Fortuna, who edge up to within a point of their opponents, who were unable to respond to coach Bruno Labbadia's decision to sign a contract extension during the week.

Fortuna started as they meant to go on, looking hungry after losing their first two matches of the new year.

Robert Tesche almost gave them a flying start, but his shot hit the post and went across the face of goal in the eighth minute.

Just two minutes later, Tesche set up Kruse to put Fortuna in front with a slight deflection helping the ball through to the Australian forward, who held his nerve to beat Sven Ulreich.

Kruse showed even more coolness to beat Ulreich for as second time in the 37th minute to double the home team's advantage.

Ken Ilso was the provider this time with a perfect pass which needed no deflection to invite Kruse to beat Ulreich with a shot inside the near post when the Stuttgart goalkeeper guessed he would go the other way.

Labbadia was quite clearly unhappy with what he had seen in the first half and sent Federico Macheda and Ibrahima Traore on at the start of the second.

The move appeared to work with the latter racing down the left and sending in a cross to the far post for Gentner to bring Stuttgart back into the game after an hour.

But Fink ended their hopes in the 76th minute, beating Ulreich with a shot which the goalkeeper probably could have done better with, but Fortuna were not complaining as they won for the first time in 2013.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15