Schalke held the lead three times against Dusseldorf. Still, that’s not enough to beat the hosts – as striker Fortuna Hennings celebrates his first Bundesliga trophy.
Gelsenkirchen (dpa) – Who knows where Fortuna Dusseldorf would be without Rouwen Hennings.
With their first Bundesliga triples, the goalscorer denied FC Schalke 04 a possible win at home and gave Reinuland on Saturday 3: 3 (0: 1) an important point after four away defeats. While the Revierclub missed the drop of success before the international break in a crazy second half, Hennigs was a celebrity afternoon in Fortuna.
"Returning to Schalke three times and returning three times, which speaks to the team's mentality," praised Fortune coach Friedhelm Funkel, who never gave up. Schalke, on the other hand, failed with a triple lead by Daniel Caligiuri (33rd minute), Ozan Kabak (67th minute) and Suat Serdar (79th minute), defeating the Düsseldorf side in front of 61,831 spectators in the arena.
Whenever Schalke supporters believed in success, Hennings was available. The toy ball and jersey he took as trophies should at some point be given an honorary seat. But it's not time yet. "I have a box that holds special jerseys. If we ever stay somewhere longer, I'll take them out and hang them," Hennings said.
Initially, the 32-year-old scored a penalty kick by a home keeper from Schalke's backup Westton McKennie in the 62nd minute, and then was twice successful in the 74th minute (74/85). For Hennings, those were the goals of season seven through nine.
"For the confidence, scoring is extremely important," Hennings said of facing opponents FC Bayern, Hoffenheim, Dortmund and Leipzig. "He is meeting the moment he wants," Funkel praised his top striker. "It's also because he was injured from day one of training and has taken his confidence into the offseason."
For the first 30 minutes, it wasn't a game for football fans before it started to pick up speed. The Royal Blues struggled for a long time to find the gap, Fortuna initially did not even hold on to the offensive. After Caliguri's first goal of the season, the league became more lively. Almost Amine Harit managed to make the score 2-0 after a counterattack from the right, knocked it on to former Düsseldorf Benito Raman. But the ball knocked the crossbar. Because, Schalke coach David Wagner ended up losing points: "We have to make it 2-0, so the result is awkward in the end."
The equalizer fell out of the blue after just over an hour after McKennie played a hand in the penalty area after a corner. The sentence obtained (after video evidence) transformed Hennings safely. After that, the goals fell almost at intervals of five minutes. "We always responded well when Düsseldorf equalized, but also Düsseldorf responded well if we took the lead," Wagner disappointed.
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