Few chances, but a lot of profit: The ice-cold promotion candidates of VfL Bochum stormed back to the top of the table in the 2nd Bundesliga. The team of coach Thomas Reis prevailed in an entertaining and fast-paced Monday game with 3: 0 (2: 0) at Fortuna Düsseldorf and is again two points ahead of the first rival Hamburger SV.
Simon Zoller with his twelfth goal of the season (12th), Gerrit Holtmann (35th) and Joker Soma Novothny (87th) scored for VfL, who struck in the decisive phases with brutal effectiveness and put the hosts who played well in the style of a top team .
“That was a well-deserved victory. It was important points after we left something behind against Hamburg. We are slowly starting to dream too,” said Bochum’s goal scorer Holtmann Sky. Fortuna’s Marcel Sobottka said: “We had the chances, but if we don’t, we have no business up there. We’re not playing bad, but the degree is simply missing.”
Fortuna operated real usury in the first half. The already minimal Düsseldorf chances of returning to the Bundesliga tend towards zero. With eight remaining games of the season, the Rhinelander, who have not yet celebrated a win against the “Top 4” of the league, are seven points behind the relegation place.
Düsseldorf got off to a furious start with perfect external conditions. VfL goalkeeper Manuel Riemann parried a header from Dawid Kownacki (7th) brilliantly, a minute later the Bochum goalkeeper saved the post when Kristoffer Peterson deflected volleyball (8th).
Fortuna fails – Zoller transforms VfL’s first chance
The goal slowed the game down a bit, but Fortuna remained dangerous: Top scorer Rouwen Hennings (18./30.) Missed two good opportunities, then the conspicuous Peterson should have equalized (34.), again defused Riemann.
Bochum hit the hosts in the heart again with his second good combination, while Düsseldorf missed further chances, some of them best, with Kownacki (38th) and Matthias Zimmermann (51st) and again Hennings (52nd). Without striker Kenan Karaman, who had to leave for the Turkish national team, Fortuna remained committed, but acted undecided.
Bochum was now counterattacked more often. Holtmann (52nd) missed the preliminary decision.