The victories of the competitors has exacerbated the situation for VfL Bochum. After the 0:2 in Mönchengladbach, the team is stuck in the bottom of the table three rounds before the end of the season.
VfL Bochum suffered a severe setback in the fight to stay in the Bundesliga and fell back to a direct relegation zone for the first time in two months.
The Revier-Elf, without a win in six games, lost 0-2 (0-1) at Borussia Mönchengladbach and is 17th with 28 points. In front of 53,797 spectators in Borussia Park, Jonas Hofmann (35th) and Lars Stindl (90th) scored +1) the hits for the hosts, who have thus officially secured their place in the class.
Before the 68th Bundesliga duel between the two teams, the guests had come under a lot of pressure after Schalke’s victory on Friday evening. Coach Thomas Letsch trusted his team, which had been successful in the 1-1 win against Borussia Dortmund, only Simon Zoller replaced Kevin Stöger in the team. However, the VfL coach had to change again at short notice because Patrick Osterhage was unable to play due to muscular problems. Keven Schlotterbeck moved into the starting lineup.
The newly formed midfield row provided more stability for the guests, but less offensive danger. The Borussia team changed to three positions, in which Marvin Friedrich replaced the suspended Ko Itakura in central defence, had teething problems and needed 20 minutes before the first chance to score, which Florian Neuhaus missed after a pass from Jonas Hofmann. Shortly thereafter, Manu Koné failed with a shot from the inside right position, which missed the Bochum goal by centimeters.
National player Hofmann did better, converting a perfect cross from Ramy Bensebaini and scoring the opening goal from close range. For Hofmann it was the tenth goal of the season. Foreman Bensebaini and coach Daniel Farke were repeatedly whistled at by their own audience when the line-up was announced before the game. Nathan Ngoumou had the 2-0 on his feet a short time later, but only hit the crossbar from a short distance.
The guests had few offensive actions, the best chance resulted from a free kick. Borussia keeper Jonas Omlin was able to fend off the follow-up shot from Erhan Masovic, who took over from Osterhage in midfield.
With the two new full-backs Saidy Janko and Konstantinos Stafylidis, Bochum regrouped in the second half of the game, which was heavily focused on combat. However, despite all the efforts of the guests, there was a lack of penetration in attack. VfL centre-forward Philipp Hofmann was unlucky, hitting the crossbar with a header (59′). The hosts missed some good chances after counterattacks in the final phase. Substitute Stindl made it 2-0 in added time.
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