Bundesliga Round: Last-placed Bochum beat Union leader Berlin

Bundesliga Round: Last-placed Bochum beat Union leader Berlin

BERLIN (AP) – Struggling Bochum beat Bundesliga leaders Union Berlin 2-1 on Sunday to move off the bottom of the table and end the visitors’ five-game winning streak in all competitions.

Philipp Hoffmann and Garrett Holtmann scored, and Bochum goalkeeper Manuel Reimann also saved a penalty, as the home side claimed their second win of the season to move a point ahead of local rivals Schalke ahead of their game at Union City rivals Hertha Berlin. to go

Union’s second league defeat of the season is good news for 10-time defending champions Bayern Munich, who closed the gap to just one point with a 2-0 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday.

It seems that the Union’s busy schedule of matches has finally taken its toll on the players, who have failed to match the intensity of the home team.

“I have to say that Bochum bit us a bit today. We had few answers to that,” Union coach Ares Fischer said. “We didn’t push hard enough in the last 30 meters and gave away a few. The team tried everything.

American forward Jordan Peacock is back after missing the Bundesliga’s midweek German Cup win over Heidenheim with a nasty knock on his leg against Borussia Dortmund last weekend. The league’s success was lifted during the season.

Bochum defender Ivan Ordets was happy to only be shown a yellow card for a lunge on the leg of Janik Haberer early on. The Ukrainian defender apologized to Haberer, who had to leave shortly afterwards.

Former Bochum midfielder Milos Pantovic replaced Haberer and was greeted by whistles from the home fans. The Serbian player made 100 appearances for Bochum between 2018-22.

The game continued with fierce challenges from both sides, each effectively canceling out the other.

Bochum came on strong towards the end of the first half as the Union defense looked unusually out of sorts. Union goalkeeper Frederik Ronowo made a brilliant save to deny Jordi Osei Tutu, but Hoffman scored from the resulting corner in the 44th.

Union had more possession in the second half, yet the home side came close to scoring when Osei-Tutu’s shot hit the crossbar.

Union captain Christopher Trammell gave way to a more attacking Tim Skark in the 71st and Holtmann scored Bokem’s second almost immediately afterwards.

Union’s afternoon was summed up when Reimann saved former teammate Pantovic’s penalty in the 78th.

Pantovic, making his first return since his summer switch, scored in injury time but it proved too late for the Union.

“We’ve always said internally that we’re not playing against the bottom team, but against Bochum,” Trammell said. “They played very well the last few weeks. They also have a good mentality, you can see it today. When those things come together, you can sometimes lose against a team like that.

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