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34th matchday: Desolate Bochum in relegation – “We failed today”

34th matchday: Desolate Bochum in relegation – “We failed today”

VfL Bochum is still threatened with the 2nd league. In Bremen, VfL presented itself desolately – and rightly had to be relegated.

Bochum’s captain Anthony Losilla looked as if VfL had already been relegated. “We simply failed today, there’s no other way to say it,” said Losilla after VfL’s desolate performance in the 1:4 (0:1) draw at SV Werder Bremen.

The midfielder leaned with his head against an advertising board, his eyes slightly red. Teammate Kevin Stöger was also stunned. “Today’s performance is unacceptable, that’s not possible,” said the Austrian.

Due to the slap from strong Bremen and the parallel last-minute victory of 1. FC Union Berlin against SC Freiburg, the Bochum team slipped to 16th place on matchday 34 and therefore had to go into relegation against third-placed Fortuna Düsseldorf in the second division . VfL Bochum has not yet been relegated, but with a performance like in Bremen, interim coach Heiko Butscher’s team will have a very difficult time against Düsseldorf. On Thursday, VfL initially has home advantage, four days later everything will finally be at stake in Düsseldorf.

Werder misses the European Cup despite winning

“Now we have to shake ourselves quickly and get back on track. We have to stay positive and do better against Düsseldorf,” said Butscher, with a view to the two upcoming finals. The VfL coach could not explain the complete loss of his team in Bremen. “There was no sign of that during the week,” said Butscher, dismayed.

In front of 42,100 spectators in the sold-out Weserstadion, Marco Friedl (6th minute), Anthony Jung (78th), Jens Stage (80th) and Romano Schmid (87th) scored the goals for Bremen. Substitute Christopher Antwi-Adjei scored for Bochum (85th).

In the end, the victory wasn’t enough for Werder to jump to eighth place and thus possibly qualify for the European Cup. In the end, two goals were missing for eighth place. Bremen’s coach Ole Werner was still proud of his team. “Werder Bremen finished the season in ninth place. Few people would have believed that we could do that before the season.”

Bochum shows another poor performance

It doesn’t come as a complete surprise that VfL Bochum would play against relegation until the end. Nevertheless, the Bochum team seemed almost saved after the spectacular success at Union Berlin two weeks ago. “We had put ourselves in a good starting position and somehow gave it away,” said Butscher.

The Bochum team showed a shockingly weak performance from the start and lacked any first division level. Werder, on the other hand, continued their recent good performances. Captain Friedl gave the Green-Whites the lead in the sixth minute. In the period that followed, Bremen dictated the action at will and should have led more clearly at the break.

After the break, VfL Bochum initially got a little stronger. But in the end the guests completely fell apart. Jung and Stage increased for Werder, who were suddenly only two goals away from eighth place. Antwi-Adjei reduced the score to 1:3 for Bochum, who still seemed to be saved because Freiburg had equalized in Berlin. But because Union then scored 2-1 in stoppage time, Bochum still had to go into relegation.

Source: Stern

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