After a defeat in Bochum: Arminia Bielefeld is threatened with premature relegation

Updated on 06/05/2022 at 10:33 p.m.

  • Arminia Bielefeld clearly missed out on a win at VfL Bochum and may already be relegated from the Bundesliga this weekend.
  • The penultimate table lost 1:2 to Revierclub on Friday night.
  • If VfB Stuttgart win Sunday at Bayern Munich, Arminia will be relegated to the Bundesliga for the eighth time.

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Arminia Bielefeld is staggering towards second-class status and may already be relegated from the Bundesliga this weekend. The penultimate weak team lost at VfL Bochum on Friday night after an own goal from George Bello in the 89th minute, deserved 1-2 (1-1). If VfB Stuttgart beat FC Bayern Munich, already champions, on Sunday, Arminia will be relegated to the Bundesliga for the eighth time.

The Stuttgarters are two points clear of Bielefeld’s ten consecutive games without a win in the relegation table. The surprisingly harmless East Westphalians from Bochum can no longer enter the classroom directly. The play-offs against the third in the second division are the last hope. In front of 25,000 spectators, Sebastian Polter gave Bochum, who had already been saved before the match, the lead for the first time in the 22nd minute. Joakim Nilsson (35th) only managed to equalize for Bielefeld in the meantime.

After staying in the league thanks to the 4-3 win at Borussia Dortmund the day before and the celebrations that followed, Bochum promised he would give his all against Bielefeld as well. It’s your duty to do a good job at home in the last home game and say thank you somewhere for the support in the current season, sporting director Sebastian Schindzielorz has said on the DAZN streaming service. “Other clubs have a lot at stake and we want to do everything we can to get a decent result.”

Bochum got off to a good start in the game

The hosts then began furiously. In the first eight minutes, Sebastian Polter, Takuma Asano and twice Gerrit Holtmann had good chances, but without touching the goal. The Arminens, on the other hand, acted cautiously as expected. Interim coach Marco Kostmann had announced that they “didn’t want to run into a knife like a hooray”. But he certainly hadn’t imagined him as defensive and weak as Bielefeld.

Again and again Bochum came dangerously past Arminia’s goal, in which goalkeeper Stefan Ortega prevented an early deficit with brilliant saves against shots from Holtmann and Milos Pantovic again. In the 22nd minute, however, he too was helpless: Polter headed a Pantovic cross into the goal for a well-deserved lead, while Ortega only saved the ball from behind the line.

Bielefeld came back into play – but an own goal sealed the bankruptcy

While Bielefeld fans mainly attracted attention with the massive burning of pyrotechnics, VfL fans sang and celebrated non-stop from the start of the game – until the 35th minute. Nilsson headed a free-kick from Gonzalo Castro into Bochum’s goal for a surprising equalizer and temporarily silenced the VfL fans. The Swede had also scored the late goal to make it 1-1 against Hertha BSC the previous week. As the season progressed, Bochum lost momentum and Bielefeld became much more present.

The second half was much more balanced than the first. However, Bielefeld’s forwards lacked precision to embarrass Bochum’s defence. VfL, on the other hand, had more ball possession, but couldn’t take advantage of it – until Bello from Bielefeld shot Bochum to victory with an own goal. Arminia receives RB Leipzig on the last matchday – so maybe as relegated. (dpa/eng)

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