BERLIN (AP) — Promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf claimed its first win at home in the Bundesliga this season with a scrappy 2-0 victory over Hamburger SV on Friday.
"We didn't count the years, but to win in front of such a crowd is worth its weight in gold," Fortuna defender Jens Langeneke said.
It was Duesseldorf's first win in eight games, and the club's first win at home in the top flight since a 2-0 victory over St. Pauli on April 4, 1997.
Hamburg was dealt a blow in the 32nd, when Rafael van der Vaart was forced off with a suspected hamstring tear. Hamburg has failed to score in the Bundesliga without the Dutchman on the pitch this season.
Kickoff had been delayed a few minutes after flares in the Hamburg fans' block set banners on fire, resulting in smoke wafting over the pitch.