Fortuna Dusseldorf fully exploited their numerical advantage by beating high-flying Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 in the Bundesliga on Friday.
Eintracht forward Karim Matmour saw red in the first half and it proved costly for the visitors as Fortuna claimed victory courtesy of goals to Stefan Reisinger, Oliver Fink, Nando Rafael and Axel Bellinghausen.
Fortuna were full of confidence heading into Friday’s battle of the promoted sides having earned a point at defending champions Borussia Dortmund last week, while Eintracht were coming off six defeats in their past seven Bundesliga outings.
The hosts received a boost in the 34th minute when Matmour was dismissed for a second bookable offence.
And Norbert Meier’s side made the most of the situation as Reisinger netted the opening goal just four minutes later – his third goal in as many games.
Fortuna doubled their lead three minutes before the half-time interval, as Fink unleashed a curling long-range shot past a helpless Kevin Trapp.
Rafael, who was a late replacement for Australia international striker Robbie Kruse, added a third on the hour mark after finding himself free in the penalty area.
The rout was completed within five minutes of the final whistle as Bellinghausen squeezed the ball through Trapp’s legs.
As a result, Fortuna moves up to 13th in the table, while Eintracht remains fifth behind league leaders Bayern Munich.