Bundesliga, 32nd match day: Bochum can celebrate twice in Dortmund

From: 30/04/2022 18:38

With a strong performance, VfL Bochum secured a 4-3 victory in Borussia Dortmund on Saturday (30.04.2022). Most importantly, both teams will see each other again next season in the Bundesliga.

In an extremely turbulent game with three penalties and several lead changes, Bochum had taken over thanks to Milos Pantovic’s penalty kick (85th minute). Sebastian Polter (3rd) and Gerrit Holtmann (8th) gave VfL an early lead before Dortmund managed to turn things around with a hat trick from Erling Haaland (18th / 30th / 62nd). Jürgen Locadia (81st) could equalize before Pantovic brought Bochum the victory – and above all the stay in the Bundesliga.

“It was pure emotion. We made the whole of Bochum proud. We have achieved great things this season,” said a proud VfL coach Thomas Reis about VfL’s individual and overall success, while BVB coach Marco Rose was “mega disappointed” and especially struggled with the again weak defensive performance. “When I look at the table and see 50 goals conceded, it’s clear what the core issue is,” Rose said.

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Lightning start for Bochum, who is unlucky

With a double shot in the early stages, VfL went straight towards staying up. In the third minute, Polter scored in true Bochum style to 1-0: long ball from goalkeeper Manuel Riemann, Takuma Asano post, Polter header. A little later, the climber again had success, but this time with flat play. Asano put on again, this time Holtmann shot from 22 meters with a flick into the far corner, which is worth seeing (8.).

BVB, however, found their way back into the match – thanks to the opponent’s support. Due to an unnecessary handball, Haaland was allowed to take the penalty and reduced to 1: 2 (18th). The Norwegian even equalized twelve minutes later – again with a penalty kick, again after a handball.

BVB is rewarded for better performance

But Dortmund was also the better team in terms of play after Bochum’s quick start and had more chances to score more goals. However, Holtmann again had the greatest opportunity to take the lead before the break, who just missed the BVB goal from 18 meters (44 ‘).

After the break, however, Dortmund were still in control. And after his two penalty kicks, Haaland was there again, but was very lucky again and shot the ball with his left foot to his right knee to 3: 2, from which the game apparatus rolled into the Bochum goal (63rd). Earlier, Riemann had already prevented the BVB striker’s third goal with a strong act (60th).

Bochum is already celebrating before the fall of the Wall

Shortly after the Haaland goal, VfL came back on the offensive, but Polter missed his back-heel trick by a few inches to equalize (64th). Despite the result and that coach Thomas Reis’ team had a hard time creating additional chances, there was a good atmosphere in the away block. The 8,000 Bochum fans who came celebrated in the certainty that even in the event of a defeat, it would have been safe to stay up in the league.

But then they were actually allowed to celebrate the equalizer. Locadia defended the ball in the opponent’s penalty area against Manuel Akanji and finished dry to 3: 3 (81st).

But the meaning of the game had not yet come. Dortmund’s Axel Witsel got the ball on his arm from a cross and there were penalties for the third time in the match – however for the first time to Bochum. Pantovic stepped up and pushed VfL to an away win (85th).

Dortmund in Fürth, Bochum against Bielefeld

On the 33rd game day, Dortmund are guests in Fürth (Saturday, May 7 at 3.30pm). Bochum welcomes Arminia Bielefeld home (Friday 6 May at 8.30 pm).

Source: sportschau.de

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