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(ATT 53,500) 11th May 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: K Kircher

F Dusseldorf Fortuna Dusseldorf vs FC Nurnberg Nurnberg

F Dusseldorf 1

H Balitsch (og 22)

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Nurnberg 2

R Mak (59)
M Plattenhardt (64)

Home defeat costly for Fortuna

Last Updated: 11/05/13 5:05pm

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Fortuna Dusseldorf celebrate after taking the lead

Fortuna Dusseldorf celebrate after taking the lead

Fortuna Dusseldorf will go into the final day of the Bundesliga season still under threat of relegation after throwing away a half-time lead against Nurnberg.

An own goal from Hanno Balitsch put the struggling hosts in front midway through the first period, but quickfire goals from Robert Mak and Marvin Plattenhardt turned the match on its head.

The positive for Dusseldorf was the two sides below them both lost, meaning they stayed out of the bottom three.

They will now travel to Hannover for their last game of the season above Augsburg, in the relegation play-off place, on goal difference and two points clear of Hoffenheim.

Dusseldorf had the first sight of goal but Andreas Lambertz's shot from distance was straight down the throat of Raphael Schafer.

But they went ahead in bizarre fashion in the 23rd minute as Lambertz worked himself down the right of the area and fired in a low cross which Balitsch, under no pressure, turned into his own net at the far post.

Mak failed to connect properly with a volley from Alexander Esswein's left-wing cross as the visitors sought a response, while Mike Frantz shot just wide from 25 yards.

Dusseldorf had another let-off early in the second half when Markus Mendler, played in by Mak, shot wide when one-on-one with Fabian Giefer.

But it was not a costly miss as Nurnberg levelled in the 58th minute.

Timm Klose's ball in came through to Mak on the right of the area and the Slovakian shot clinically into the far corner.

The hosts were looking nervous now and Frantz should have put them behind only to shoot wide when free in the area.

They did take the lead in the 64th minute, Plattenhardt lashing a direct left-footed free-kick from right of centre into the top right corner.

Tomas Pekhart almost made it three seven minutes later but his header from a Plattenhardt corner was tipped over by Giefer.

The goalkeeper then denied Mak when he was through on goal.

Dusseldorf had two late chances to snatch a point, but Mathis Bolly volleyed over and Adam Bodzek's shot was parried by Schafer to leave Dusseldorf with work to do on the final day.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 22 55
2 Wolfsburg 22 47
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 22 37
4 Schalke 22 35
5 FC Augsburg 22 35
6 Bayer Leverkusen 22 33
7 Hoffenheim 22 30
8 Werder Bremen 22 30
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 28
10 Hannover 96 22 26
11 Mainz 22 25
12 Borussia Dortmund 22 25
13 Cologne 22 25
14 Hamburg 22 24
15 SC Paderborn 07 22 23
16 SC Freiburg 22 22
17 Hertha Berlin 22 21
18 Stuttgart 22 18