Arminia Bielefeld staggers towards the eighth relegation from the Bundesliga. The table penultimate lost 1: 2 (1: 1) by promoted VfL Bochum, and after ten games in a row without a win, they must hope for support from the old and new champions Bayern Munich.
Should the record champion after his party trip to Ibiza on Sunday (17: 30 /DAZN) lose to VfB Stuttgart, East Westphalia could no longer be prevented from relegating to the second division before the season finale.
“We hope Bayern will give us some support. If we still have the chance next week, anything is still possible,” said Bielefeld midfielder Patrick Wimmer DAZN: “It was another solid battle performance today. But we lack efficiency. That’s why we are again without points.”
Captain Manuel Prietl added: “I am a bit speechless at the moment. We have big plans that would have paved the way for relegation. We keep the game open for a long time, come back into play with a set piece, but do not have enough power to push forward “It’s just bitter and disappointing. We are dependent on others now. We have to win, that’s the drop we have. In life, one must always see it through to the end until the last day of battle is over. We must all do it again to mobilize forces. “
Joakim Nilsson (35th) meanwhile equalized for Arminia to 1-1. But an own goal by George Bello (89th) closed out the 16th defeat. The deficit in Table-16. Stuttgart still has two points. Even a victory in the last match against RB Leipzig would only be enough if VfB went empty handed. Due to the Bielefeld defeat, it is also clear that Hertha BSC can no longer move down directly.
Sebastian Polter (22nd) had put the already saved Bochum in the lead. One week after the 4-3 triumph of Borussia Dortmund and the lavish celebration of staying up, VfL said goodbye to eleven players whose contracts expired before kick-off.
“I’m sure one or the other who gets a bouquet of flowers today will also play here next season,” said sporting director Sebastian Schindzielorz DAZN: “Negotiations are underway.”
Bielefeld: Where was the absolute will to win?
There were no signs of Bochum hangovers after the party. The hosts started offensively and with commitment. First Polter failed with a header against Bielefeld goalkeeper Stefan Ortega (2nd), then Gerrit Holtmann headed just over the goal from five meters (3rd).
Arminia, who wanted the planning security in VfL, initially held back. Coach Marco Kostmann had announced that he would not “go all-in from the first minute”, but “increased the risk as the match went on”. Bochum continued to have clear chances: Ortega fended off two shots from Milos Pantovic with brilliant saves (13/15). Only behind the line did the goalkeeper catch Polter’s header after a Pantovic post.
The visitors rarely showed up near Bochum’s penalty area. A long shot from Masaya Okugawa right in the arms of VfL goalkeeper Manuel Riemann was the first approach (33 ‘). The equalizer was so much the more surprising: After a free kick by Gonzalo Castro, Nilsson scored a completely free header.
After the break, the Bielefeld players continued to wait and see. There were few signs of an unconditional will to win. The hosts continued to get more out of the match – and were rewarded shortly before the end.
VfL Bochum – Arminia Bielefeld: The votes
Thomas Reis (coach VfL Bochum): “We did not take our chances and then there were few chances in the second half. If you make it 2-1 with the last move, it just fits the whole season. We are all proud today. It was just a great one season . “
Marco Kostmann (Arminia Bielefeld coach): “The boys are just as disappointed as me and the fans. We are now dependent on FC Bayern winning. It was a very shocking start for us and our minds affected our bodies. We could not calm down.”
VfL Bochum – Arminia Bielefeld: The line-ups
Bochum: Riemann – Gamboa, Masovic, Leitsch, Soares – Losilla – Pantovic (Löwen 83), Rexhbecaj (Tesche 73) – Asano (Blum 84), Polter (Locadia 68), Holtmann (Zoller 73). – Coach: Rice
Bielefeld: Ortega – de Medina, Ramos, Nilsson, Laursen (77th Bello) – Schöpf (86th Robin Hack), Prietl – Wimmer, Castro (67th Vasiliadis), Okugawa (77th Ince) – Krüger (46th Serra). – Coach: Kostman
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