03.11.2019 18:50 h

Düsseldorf beat regional rivals Cologne

Fortuna Düsseldorf beat bitter regional rivals Cologne 2-0 in the Bundesliga on Sunday in what was a first home triumph over their North Westphalian neighbours since 1983.

The win came against the run of play and lifts Düsseldorf up to 13th place, while Cologne end the round second from bottom.

Borussia Moenchengladbach top the Bundesliga on 22 points from 10 games with Dortmund second on 19, while Freiburg, RB Leipzig, 8-0 winners on Saturday, and Bayern Munich, who fell to their heaviest defeat in 10 years 5-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt, are all on 18.

Plucky Cologne dominated the early exchanges but the away side's verve was dented after Düsseldorf were awarded a penalty in the 36th minute when Alfredo Morales was brought down in the box.

Fortuna forward Rouwen Hennings converted from the spot to give the home side a 1-0 lead going into the break.

Cologne started the second half well, going close on two occasions, but just after the hour mark Düsseldorf doubled their lead on a rare counter-attack, with Erik Thommy taking advantage of some sloppy defending to smash the ball home.

Düsseldorf then held firm to keep just their second clean sheet of the season.

Fortuna's American keeper Zack Steffen was particularly impressive throughout and now has a league-leading 42 saves to his name in the 2019-20 season.

In Sunday's late game, Schalke have the chance to move level with Bayern and company when they travel to Augsburg.

In Saturday's action flares halted play briefly as FC Union defeated city rivals Hertha Berlin 1-0 in their first Bundesliga derby since German reunification.

Niko Kovac admitted his future as Bayern Munich coach hung in the balance after their thrashing in Frankfurt.