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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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2 Wolfsburg 34 69
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 66
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 FC Augsburg 34 49
6 Schalke 34 48
7 Borussia Dortmund 34 46
8 Hoffenheim 34 44
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 43
10 Werder Bremen 34 43
11 Mainz 34 40
12 Cologne 34 40
13 Hannover 96 34 37
14 Stuttgart 34 36
15 Hertha Berlin 34 35
16 Hamburg 34 35
17 SC Freiburg 34 34
18 SC Paderborn 07 34 31