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Bayer Leverkusen

  • Sidney Sam 16'
  • Andre Schürrle 41'
  • Gonzalo Castro 66'

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Fortuna Düsseldorf

  • Nando Rafael 40'
  • Adam Bodzek 86'

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Andrei Voronin has been told he has got to start delivering the goods for Fortuna Dusseldorf after a disappointing start to the Bundesliga season.

The Ukraine international was Dusseldorf's big-name signing in the summer when he arrived from Dynamo Moscow, but he has yet to open his account for the club and has found himself sitting on the bench for much of the time.

He may be given a chance against his former club Bayer Leverkusen tomorrow and Fortuna coach Norbert Meier wants him to prove that he deserves to play.

``We signed him because he has got the quality,'' said Meier at a press conference. ``He has experience, more than anybody else in our team.

``He has got to show that and prove himself. Andrei has got to do everything to fit into this team.

``He has got to give the impression that he wants to move mountains. He has got to be one who leads by example and who the others look up to.''

That was the kind of role he played at Leverkusen, where he scored 32 goals in three seasons before joining Liverpool in 2007, but it is a role he is struggling to take at his new club.

``It looks like I just don't fit in around here,'' he told the Bild newspaper after being left out of the squad completely for Wednesday's DFB-Pokal win over Borussia Monchengladbach.

Like Meier upset Voronin by leaving him out in midweek, Bayer Leverkusen coach Sami Hyypia is set to upset a long-time friend of his tomorrow.

Lead singer of German rock band Die Toten Hosen, Campino, sang You'll Never Walk Alone at Hyypia's wedding, but he recently became an honorary member of Fortuna, a club he has supported for all of his life.

``We were in touch during on Wednesday after Fortuna's cup game against Gladbach, but we will be forgetting our friendship tomorrow,'' said Hyypia in the Bild newspaper.

``We can be friends again afterwards.''

Leverkusen were also victorious in midweek with a 3-2 win over Arminia Bielefeld, a third win in a row for Hyypia's men, who became the first Bundesliga side to take points off Bayern Munich last weekend.

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