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1. Pointless second division comeback from FC Magdeburg

FC Magdeburg celebrates its second division comeback against the big 1. Fortuna Düsseldorf. The stadium is full, the fans are hot, but Fortuna is still huge. Connor Krembicki scored a dream goal, but it wasn’t enough. The beginning of work discharge goes into the pants.

Promotion rivals Fortuna Düsseldorf started the second division season with a hard fought win. The two-time cup winners ended a frustrating run of promotion 1 with a 2-1 (1-0) win against FC Magdeburg on Saturday evening. Reuven Hennings (44′, hand penalty) and Felix Klaas (46′) scored for coach Daniel Theon’s side when Connor Krembicki (50′) conceded a goal.

In front of an eager crowd of 22,288, Magdeburg were the better side with the best chances in the first half, Paris Adige and Tatsuya Ito shaking the Düsseldorf defence. Then referee Arne Orning had already decided to award the visitors a penalty – but there was an offside position in the run-up, which was ruled out by video evidence.

Fortuna mostly played with little pressure without their best attacking man from the previous season. After much hype, Khaled Naray took to Instagram to say goodbye to fans shortly before kick-off as he announced his move to PAOK Thessaloniki.

Then FCM defender Jamie Lawrence was awarded a penalty after playing the ball with his hand. Things went well in the second half: Magdeburg hit back after a slight shock and pushed for an equaliser, but Fortuna fought back. In the end it had to be enough for them, for Magdeburg frequently quarreled with the referee, and somewhat neglected the game.

Dusseldorf had the most shots on goal all season, but the newly promoted side from Magdeburg were keen on the game. With a total possession of 62 percent and a pass rate of 82 percent, Magdeburg’s team showed their potential time and again.

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