Bundesliga relegation: Reactions to Bochum’s miracle – “Those who are said to be dead live longer!”

Bundesliga relegation: Reactions to Bochum’s miracle – “Those who are said to be dead live longer!”

VfL Bochum has turned the tables and spoiled the promotion party for second division team Fortuna Düsseldorf. VfL remains in the Bundesliga after a football miracle. The reactions of both fan camps in the video.

After the penalty drama, the Fortuna Düsseldorf players were mainly concerned with their teammate and unlucky Takashi Uchino. Their opponents from VfL Bochum were almost too exhausted to celebrate. With an incredible energy performance in a thrilling relegation match, the third-to-last team from Bochum managed to achieve the miracle of staying in the league and snatched the second division third-place team from the Rhineland what they thought was a sure promotion to the Bundesliga at the last minute. “Today everyone is a hero,” said the best Bochum player, Kevin Stöger, on Sky.

“Nobody was counting on us anymore,” said VfL managing director Patrick Fabian. “That’s why I’m incredibly proud of the boys. I’m incredibly happy for the city, for the club, for the fans.” Düsseldorf’s sports director Klaus Allofs promised: “We won’t give up. We’ll attack again.” It was a young team “that has achieved something extraordinary.” For Fortuna, promotion would have been “a quantum leap.” After an almost hopeless 0:3 deficit in the first leg, Bochum turned the relegation round in the second leg in the Düsseldorf EM Arena, which was packed with 51,500 spectators, with a 6:5 penalty shootout. Düsseldorf’s Uchino made the decision with his missed shot on the twelfth penalty kick in total.

Bundesliga relegation: Bochum achieves football miracle

After regular playing time and extra time, the score was 3-0 (1-0) on Monday evening. In regular playing time, Philipp Hofmann scored in the 18th and 66th minutes, as did Kevin Stöger (70th) with a handball penalty, forcing extra time. The Fortuna fans, who had streamed into the stadium in a great celebratory mood, were horrified as the guests celebrated their sensational coup on the pitch. Many pubs in the city offered live broadcasts and were packed.

Two hours before the match, there was a kilometer-long march of fans to the stadium. After a four-year absence, Düsseldorf is keen to play Bundesliga football again. But the excitement did not last until the end. Düsseldorf actually let promotion slip away from their grasp. Bochum, on the other hand, could hardly believe their luck, but took full advantage of their opportunities. On the field, the guests set the tone. Interim coach Heiko Butscher changed his team in three positions and, among others, put captain Anthony Losilla back in the starting line-up. Bochum were the team that dominated the game and, after a free kick from the left by the outstanding Stöger, had their first big chance and the opening goal through Hofmann, who scored with a header from five meters out.

Decision only in penalty shootout

The hosts had been very cautious up until then and only managed to get a few offensive moments through counterattacks and striker Christos Tzolis. As expected, coach Daniel Thioune named the starting eleven, which won comfortably in Bochum on Thursday. It took the goal against to wake up the Düsseldorf team. After half an hour, Vincent Vermeij had the chance to equalize, but narrowly missed. The pressure increased, the support from the stands even louder. Driven by the strong Marcel Sobottka, the Rhinelanders had a few good offensive moments. Things got tricky for the guests whenever Tzolis was on the attack. Fortuna’s striker was unsuccessful in scoring, however, and his corner kicks did not pose a major threat this time either.

Centre forward Hofmann, who only managed to score four goals all season, scored the important 2-0 again after a cross from Stöger. Then VfL got the upper hand and was also awarded a handball penalty after the ball hit Matthias Zimmermann’s arm in the penalty area. Stöger converted the penalty confidently, Fortuna’s keeper Florian Kastenmeier had no chance. This means that Düsseldorf will remain in the 2nd division next year and will have to bury their dreams of promotion. The celebrations that had already been planned had to be cancelled. In sporting terms, the team will probably be without their best players like Tzolis next season and will face great competition in their efforts to return to the Bundesliga. Bochum, on the other hand, can plan for the fourth year in a row, but will have to reorganise their coaching staff.

Source: Stern

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