The Hamburger SV has perfected the steep template of the competition in the promotion race of the 2nd Fueball-Bundesliga.
The team of coach Dieter Hecking won at the end of 20 matchdays at the relegation-threatened VfL Bochum thanks to an increase in performance in the second half with 3:1 (0:0) and climbed with the second victory in the new year again to promotion second place.
The North Germans are only one Z’hler behind leader Arminia Bielefeld and have a two-point lead over VfB Stuttgart. Both direct opponents did not get a draw over the weekend.
“I think we actually delivered a good fight,” Zoller told Sky: “At the end of the day, we’re standing there with empty dogs. If we were always playing like this, maybe we would talk other things than class preservation.”
Tim Leibold (68th), newcomer Joel Pohjanpalo (73rd) and Sonny Kittel (87th) turned the rack stand through Simon Zoller (65th) to the first out-of-six victory in almost half a year. For its part, VfL Bochum missed a liberating blow in the relegation battle and remains on the relegation place after the third defeat in a row.
“The start was quite good,” Pohjanpalo said after his first goal on Sky: “I’m happy with the goal and the win. We’re really good at getting back.’
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The hosts played courageously forward in front of 24,421 spectators from the start and delivered a thrilling fight to the North Germans. Vitaly Janelt (10th) and Anthony Losilla (26th) narrowly missed the 5th goal.
First, the favored offense can also set accents. Kittel (27th, 31st) twice aimed too inaccurately, Bayern loanee Adrian Fein hitting the post from 16 yards.
In the second Half Bochum got off to a better start, Zoller rewarded the VfL with a sloppy Schlenzer from 16 metres. Leibold had the right answer with a volley shot from the edge of the penalty area less than 180 seconds before Pohjanpalo held his nerve just three minutes after being substituted in front of VfL keeper Patrick Drewes. Kittel puts the finishing point.