VfL Bochum has taken another big step closer to returning to the Bundesliga after eleven years. The leader of the table prevailed at 1. FC Heidenheim 2-0 (1-0) and increased his lead to six points with four laps to go.
Followers SpVgg Greuther Fürth had presented a 3-0 against Eintracht Braunschweig on Tuesday. Hamburger SV, third in the table, who is ten points behind, will face Karlsruher SC on Thursday (6.30 p.m. / Sky). Both competitors each have a game to catch up on.
In the final sprint, VfL will probably have to do without their regular goalkeeper Manuel Riemann, who was eliminated early on with suspected metacarpal fracture. Robert Tesche (33.), who headed Westphalia to victory in the spectacular 4: 3 against Hannover 96 on Sunday, put Bochum in the lead. Herbert Bockhorn (82nd) increased in the final phase.
“Those were big points, we are more than happy,” said Bockhorn, who warned against too much euphoria: “There are still four finals for us. We were able to present today, it is now difficult for the other teams. We have one good buffer built up. “
Riemann’s working day was over after just five minutes. After his somewhat unorthodox defensive action, Heidenheim’s striker Tim Kleindienst accidentally stepped on the keeper’s hand. Riemann had to be treated and replaced. “He will definitely miss the last few games,” said team-mate Bockhorn.
Fortuna continues to dream – St. Pauli’s run ends in Düsseldorf
Bochum scored with the first chance: After a free kick by Robert Zulj, Tesche scored his third header within four days. The 33-year-old was the match winner with a brace against Hanover. Drewes thwarted Kleindienst’s big chance in the second half (75th).
Relegated Fortuna Düsseldorf can continue to dream cautiously of returning to the Bundesliga. The Rhinelander from coach Uwe Rösler won their home game against the formidable FC St. Pauli on Wednesday evening 2-0 (1-0) and thus kept their small chance of promotion.
Felix Klaus (26th) and Kevin Danso (49th) scored the goals for the hosts, who now put pressure on Hamburger SV (50) on the relegation place with 49 points. Pauli’s city rival is still challenged on Thursday (8.30 p.m. / Sky) against SV Sandhausen as part of the 30th match day. In addition, HSV and Düsseldorf have a game to catch up on.
“We have to take everyone with us in the final sprint,” said goal scorer Klaus at Sky: “The forces are becoming less, we need everyone, but it can go on like this.”