Monday, January 16, 2012

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Notable success for Düsseldorf in Wintercup

Hosts Fortuna Düsseldorf came out top of the pile in the Wintercup mini-tournament. The Bundesliga 2 front-runners edged out Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0 in the final of the four-team 45-minutes-per-match competition.

A crowd in excess of 37,000 in the ESPRIT Arena saw Timo Furuholm, freshly signed from Finland's FC Inter Turku last week, bag the only goal of the game against the high-flying Foals in the 28th minute. The win was Fortuna's second after 2008 in the competition they host annually.

Reus sits out final

In the semi-finals, Gladbach had beaten Werder Bremen 2-0 courtesy of a penalty from Filip Daems and a shot into the corner by Thorben Marx. Düsseldorf meanwhile prevailed over a near-full-strength Borussia Dortmund in a penalty shoot-out. Shinji Kagawa put the German champions in front in the 21st minute with a well-worked goal, but Christian Weber hammered Fortuna level with a long-range effort just a minute later.

The contest went to penalties and Düsseldorf came out 4-2 on top, gaining a small measure of compensation for their DFB Cup exit to BVB at the same venue, and in the same fashion, in December. The result also ensured Marco Reus would be spared a meeting with his future employers in the final, although as it transpired the Gladbach shooting star sat the match out anyway. In the play-off for third place, Dortmund beat Bremen 1-0 with a goal from Mohamed Zidan.

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