Surprise package SC Freiburg moved up to fifth place in the Bundesliga on Sunday after edging past promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf 1-0 thanks to Pavel Krmas’ 87th-minute winner for their first victory of the year.
The Czech headed in a corner three minutes from fulltime after Fortuna goalkeeper Fabian Giefer’s unsuccessful attempt to clear.
It was by no means a one-sided affair and Fortuna, who dropped to 15th, missed a golden opportunity in the 80th minute when Andreas Lambertz’s shot was saved by goalkeeper Oliver Baumann.
The result lifted Freiburg to 31 points, level with sixth-placed FSV Mainz 05, who stumbled to a 1-1 draw at Augsburg.
The visitors broke the deadlock just before the break.
Adam Szalai was left unmarked and the Hungarian drilled in for the lead with his 12th league goal of the campaign.
However, Mainz were left with 10 men minutes later when Shawn Parker was sent off for a rough challenge on Michael Parkhurst and the hosts quickly made it count when Sascha Moelders headed in to level in the 57th minute.