Bundesliga: Bochum defeats Leipzig – Schalke secures a late draw – Sport
VfL Bochum – RB Leipzig 1:0 (0:0), Goal: 1: 0 Masovic (48th)
“We were eaten up,” Leipzig aptly analyzed after the 7-0 defeat at Manchester City in the Champions League round of 16 during the week, when Erling Haaland alone conceded five goals. Bochum doesn’t have a Haaland, but Erhan Masovic was enough on Saturday: the central defender scored his fourth goal in 2023, against Leipzig he headed a rebound over the line.
On the other hand, Leipzig gave huge chances, perhaps the greatest Dominik Szoboszlai after a terrific solo run in added time – the ball rebounded from the inside post into the arms of Bochum goalkeeper Manuel Riemann. VfL achieved one of the most important of many home wins under coach Thomas Letsch. The advantage over the relegation zone is four points.
TSG Hoffenheim – Hertha BSC 3: 1 (2: 0), Goals: 1: 0 Kramaric (23′, penalty kick), 2: 0 Kramaric (penalty kick, 38′), 3: 0 Bebou (51′), 3: 1 Jovetic (90’+2′) – red card: Dabbur (70′). .)
The table eighteenth plays at home against the fifteenth, after an almost endless series of defeats and with a counted coach – sounds like a final game atmosphere. In Sinsheim, however, a few seats in the stadium remained free again. But then there was quiet cheering when Andrej Kramaric chipped a hand penalty in the middle and also confidently converted the second penalty. Incidentally, both were exceptionally undisputed.
Hoffenheim was clearly better, the 3:0 after a one-off action by Ilhas Bebou was an expression of superiority. TSG won a game for the first time in the new year – and overtakes Hertha, which remains the weakest away team in the league.
FC Augsburg – Schalke 04 1: 1 (0: 0), Goals: 1: 0 Maier (51st), 1: 1 Bülter (penalty, 90th + 3) – red card: Demirovic (53rd)
Schalke was in seventh place in the second half of the table before the day of the game – two wins, five draws, including one last weekend against arch-rivals Dortmund. Now the journey went to FCA, who have won all of their last four home games. It was the expected tough game. The most exciting question in the first half: Would Schalke’s Éder Balanta avoid being sent off? The Colombian saw a yellow card after just five minutes and then engaged in some dangerous duels. After a good half hour, coach Thomas Reis had mercy and replaced his midfielder.
The first half was sluggish, but the start after the break was wild: Augsburg’s Arne Maier intercepted a weak tee shot from goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann, played a smart one-two with Ermedin Demirović and scored to make it 1-0. Just two minutes later, Demirović scored himself – but not the goal, but Tom Krauss on the center line with a high leg in his face. The result: straight red. Then it became a game full of Zoff, quarrels and duels. Joker Simon Terodde missed the chance to equalize after a sharp cross from six meters (71st). The Augsburgers wanted to defend the lead, Schalke pushed for a comeback. In injury time there were penalties for Schalke. Bülter converted – his fourth goal in the fourth game in a row. The Royal Blues remain undefeated.
VfB Stuttgart – VfL Wolfsburg 0: 1 (0: 0), Goal: 0-1 Marmoush (56′)
Stuttgart versus Wolfsburg means a duel between two future internationals. But it sounds more spectacular than it was: Full-back Josha Vagnoman, nominated for the first time by national coach Hansi Flick for the upcoming friendlies, was only on the bench, as was usually the case at the beginning. After all, Felix Nmecha played in the Wolfsburg midfield. The player did something spectacular one row further up: Striker Omar Marmoush, who was loaned to VfB last season, scored from distance for Wolfsburg.
At VfB, Vagnoman came after an hour to replace Waldemar Anton in the surprisingly unsettled back four. But that didn’t help either.