SC Freiburg ended VfL Bochum’s impressive home run and remains in the Champions League. Coach Christian Streich’s team won 2-0 (1-0) on Castroper Straße and secured fourth place in the table with 40 points.
After two significant Bundesliga away bankruptcies, it was the first win for the Breisgauer on a foreign pitch in 2023.
Former VfL professional Michael Gregoritsch (39th) and Lucas Höler (51st) secured the three points for Freiburg and thus created an almost forgotten feeling for Bochum: After five league wins in a row, VfL lost for the first time under the leadership of Coach Thomas Letsch in front of his own audience and gets stuck in the table basement. In addition, captain Anthony Losilla received a red card after a hard boarding (63rd).
After the dismissal against Losilla, referee Felix Zwayer was loudly insulted from parts of the curve with “Felix Zwayer, you bastard!” chants.
Compared to the 0-3 defeat at Bayern Munich, Letsch made four changes. Among other things, Freiburg loanee Keven Schlotterbeck moved into central defense, while Takuma Asano replaced Philipp Förster, who had a cold, on offense. His opponent Streich, who returned to the sidelines after being suspended against VfB Stuttgart, only ordered Lucas Höler to start for Roland Sallai.
In front of the vociferous home fans, Bochum got off to a fast start in the drizzle. First attempts by Christopher Antwi-Adjei (5th) and Asano (7th) clearly missed the goal. Ten minutes later, the enthusiastic Japanese shot from the edge of the box again, but Freiburg keeper Mark Flekken saved easily.
Freiburg tried it playfully, which worked better from the middle of the first half. Gregoritsch passed a diagonal ball from Lukas Kübler to Ritsu Doan, who was free in the middle of the penalty area, but did not get enough pressure behind his header (26′).
VfL Bochum – SC Freiburg: Gregoritsch and Höler ice cold
But Freiburg was now game-determining. Bochum blocked an attempt by Nicolas Höfler in dire need, and after the corner Gregoritsch scored at the far post with a volley from close range that put the visitors ahead at the break.
And they followed suit in the second half. A clarification attempt by Schlotterbeck that fell short ended up with Christian Günter. The national player served Höler with a cross in an exemplary manner, who prevailed in a header duel against Konstantinos Stafylidis, who came on at half-time, and scored the 2-0.
VfL then tried to get the goal back, but were unsuccessful. Especially since the hosts had to play outnumbered for the last half hour.
VfL Bochum – SC Freiburg: The voices
Thomas Letsch (coach VfL Bochum): “It was a battle of attrition, up until half-time it was a typical 0-0 game. It’s clear that small things are decisive against SC Freiburg. I also think that it wasn’t an undeserved win for Freiburg. It won’t knock us down. The series is over, so we have to start one away.”
Christian Streich (Coach SC Freiburg): “The way the game went, it was to be expected. I have to compliment the team. That helped us 1-0. The team tried everything to hold back. It wasn’t an undeserved win. I have to take my hat off, as they performed today.”