Defeat in Bochum: Bielefeld swings towards relegation – sports news on ice hockey, winter sports and more

Armenia Bielefeld appeared in Bochum frustrated and without a soul. After the defeat, there is a risk of relegation from the Bundesliga this weekend. Bochum fans celebrate a stadium party.

The Bielefeld players stood in the center of the circle with their heads hanging for a few minutes, then felt the wrath of their fans as they walked into the guest corner.

While VfL Bochum fans, who had already been rescued, celebrated their team with chants of “No more Ligue 2”, Arminia’s frustration ran deep. The East Westphalians are faltering towards second tier status and could already be relegated from the Bundesliga this weekend. The weak team before the last lost in Bochum after an own goal by Georges Bello in the 89th minute with a deserved goal 1: 2 (1: 1). On Sunday, Stuttgart beat the already winning Bayern Munich MunichArmenia’s eighth relegation in the German Bundesliga will be certain.

Stuttgersberg is two points ahead of Bielefeld ten consecutive games without winning the relegation rank. Arminen, once again eerily inoffensive in Bochum, was no longer able to enter the class directly. Playoffs against the third in the second division are the last hope. In front of 25,000 spectators, Sebastian Poulter gave the lead for the first time in the 22nd minute. Joachim Nelson (35) only managed to equalize Bielefeld in the meantime.

Bayern Munich hopes

“Bayern are top of the table,” Bielefeld’s Patrick Wimmer told DAZN. “Hopefully they can help us a little.” “Now we have to hope for others. This is the last straw,” said Captain Manuel Brittel.

After successfully staying in the league with a 4:3 win the previous day Borussia Dortmund And the celebrations that followed, Bochum promised that they would also give their all against Bielefeld. Sporting director Sebastian Schindzilors said it was a commitment to do well again at home in the last home game and to say thank you somewhere for your support this season. “The other clubs have a lot at stake and we want to do everything we can to get a good result.”

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Then the hosts started aggressively. In the first eight minutes, Sebastian Poulter, Takuma Asano and Gert Holtmann twice had good chances, but without scoring. On the other hand, Armenin acted cautiously as planned. Interim coach Marco Kostmann declared that they “don’t want to hit a knife like a hooray.” But he definitely hadn’t imagined that she would be as defensive and weak as Bielefeld.

Ortega with great saves

Time and time again, Bochum came dangerously in front of the Armenia goal, with goalkeeper Stefan Ortega blocking the deficit early with great saves from Holtmann and Milos Pantovic once again. However, in the 22nd minute, he was also helpless: Boulter sent a cross from Pantovic into the goal to make a deserved lead, while Ortega saved the ball only from behind the goal line.

While Bielefeld supporters mainly attracted attention with the massive burning of fireworks, VfL fans sang and celebrated without interruption from the start of the match – until the 35th minute. Nelson headed a Gonzalo Castro free kick past Bochum for the surprise equalizer and temporarily silenced VFL fans. The Swede also scored the late goal to make it 1-1 against Hertha Berlin the previous week. As the season progressed, Bochum lost its momentum and Bielefeld became more present.

The second half was much more balanced than the first. However, Bielefeld’s attackers lacked the precision needed to embarrass the Bochum defence. For their part, VfL had more possession, but couldn’t capitalize on it – even in the last minute, Bielefeld’s Belo fired on Bochum to win an own goal. Arminia receives RB Leipzig on the final day of the match – then he will probably be relegated.

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