VfL Bochum – Arminia Bielefeld 2:1: Bielefeld falters on eighth Bundesliga relegation

Arminia Bielefeld staggers towards eighth relegation from the Bundesliga. The penultimate table lost 1:2 (1:1) at promoted VfL Bochum and after ten straight games without a win they have to hope for support from former and new champions Bayern Munich.

If the record champion after his festive trip to Ibiza on Sunday (5.30 p.m./DAZN) loses against VfB Stuttgart, East Westphalia could no longer be prevented from falling back to the second division before the season finale.

“We hope that Bayern will give us some support. If we have the chance again next week, everything is still possible,” said Bielefeld midfielder Patrick Wimmer. DAZN: “It was another strong fighting performance today. But we lack efficiency. That’s why we are without points again.”

Captain Manuel Prietl added: “I’m a bit speechless at the moment. We have big plans, it would have paved the way for relegation. We keep the game open for a long time, come back into play with a free kick, but n don’t have enough power to penetrate forward “It’s just bitter and disappointing. We depend on others now. We have to win, it’s the last drop we have. In life, you always have to go all the way, until the last game day is over. We all have to do it again, mobilize our forces.”

Joakim Nilsson (35th) equalized for Arminia in the meantime to make it 1-1. But an own goal from George Bello (89th) sealed the 16th defeat. The deficit on table-16. Stuttgart are still two points away. Even a victory in the last game against RB Leipzig would only be enough if VfB left empty-handed. Due to the Bielefeld defeat, it is also clear that Hertha BSC can no longer be relegated directly.

Sebastian Polter (22nd) had already saved Bochum in mind. A week after the 4-3 triumph at Borussia Dortmund and the lavish celebration of staying up, VfL said goodbye to eleven players whose contracts expired before kick-off.

“I’m sure whoever receives a bouquet of flowers today will also play here next season,” said sporting director Sebastian Schindzielorz. DAZN: “The talks are in progress.”

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