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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

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 11 27
2 Wolfsburg 11 23
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 11 20
4 Hannover 96 11 19
5 Hoffenheim 11 17
6 Bayer Leverkusen 11 17
7 FC Augsburg 11 15
8 Mainz 11 15
9 SC Paderborn 07 11 15
10 Cologne 11 15
11 Schalke 11 14
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 11 12
13 SC Freiburg 11 11
14 Hertha Berlin 11 11
15 Borussia Dortmund 11 10
16 Werder Bremen 11 10
17 Hamburg 11 9
18 Stuttgart 11 9