Stuttgart has landed an important away win in an effort to return to the Bundesliga. VfB won 1: 0 (0: 0) at the end of the 22nd second division match day at VfL Bochum and is again tied for second place in the table after the Hamburger SV draw in Hanover. The chasing duo are three points behind leaders Arminia Bielefeld. With 23 points, Bochum is 15th in the relegation battle.
For Stuttgart it is the first away win in the league since September 27th. On that eight match day, VfB won 1-0 in Bielefeld. Then only one success in the cup at HSV succeeded. Substituted Hamadi Al Ghaddioui scored the winning goal in the 81st minute. VfL defender Saulo Decarli's previous mistake had preceded the goal, close to his own penalty area. "One mistake was made too much." It was remarkable that it had been 0-0 by then. Because actually both teams came on good occasions. For VfB, who had significantly more possession, Gonzalo Castro (4th minute) and especially Silas Wamangituka (31st) missed chances of 1-0. Wamangituka had a clear shot at the end but missed the goal. Silvère could have scored Ganvoula for Bochum (27.).
"It is not easy when the competitors score and you have to add on Monday. We have not won away for a long time. We are happy that we made it," said VfB professional Pascal Stenzel at Sky.Bochums goalkeeper Manuel Riemann said: "We made one mistake too many, that's annoying. The point would have been more than deserved." Sports director Sebastian Schindzielorz said he "saw that the team is intact. We now have an important game in Dresden ahead of us. We have to show a similar character there." Bochum will compete in the last table Dynamo on Saturday. Stuttgart receives Jahn Regensburg at the same time.
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