Bielefeld to Bochum
When the players of Arminia Bielefeld stood motionless and in silence in front of their fans who traveled, the chants sounded like mockery in their ears. “No more second division,” it sounded through the Ruhr Stadium, the promoted VfL Bochum celebrated his relegation that was secured week ago.
The depressed Bielefelders knew at the latest when looking at the sometimes angry, sometimes sad faces of their supporters: After two years, the intermezzo in the Bundesliga is over again, the eighth descent from the upper house would only be prevented by a miracle. “It is bitter, I can understand the fans,” said Captain Manuel Prietl after the 1: 2 (1: 1) deep blow in Bochum at “DAZN”.
The whistle and anger struck Prietl and Co. from the guest curve, occasionally cheers were lost. The 30-year-old himself also felt “pure disappointment and emptiness”. After the tenth game in a row without victory – for the second time this season – the hope of a rescue is “tiny” in the very last second, as Prietl admitted. Too much would have to happen.
“This is the last straw”
First, on Sunday (5:30 p.m./DAZN) the old and new champion Bayern Munich would have to apply the necessary seriousness after his party trip to Ibiza and beat the Bielefeld competitor VfB Stuttgart. Then the Arminia would have to defeat the Champions League aspirant RB Leipzig on the last match day and Stuttgart would lose 1. FC Köln at the same time. And after that, the relegation against the second division really would also have to be survived.
“We are now dependent on others, this is the last straw,” said Prietl, trying with perseverance slogans who did not quite convince him: “You always have to keep going in life. We have to mobilize all forces.”
own goal “exemplary for the whole season”
The forces that the Bielefelders mobilized in Bochum on Friday evening were not enough to survive in the Bundesliga. First of all, thanks to goalkeeper Stefan Ortega, only 0-1 by Sebastian Polter (22nd), then gave it behind with the completely surprising equalization by Joakim Nilsson (35th), lacked the penultimate of the unconditional will to win and ” Power “, as Prietl admitted.
George Bello’s own goal (89th) was “exemplary for the whole season,” said the captain. Ortega had brilliantly parried the end of Simon Zoller, then his teammate steered the ball into the goal. “The psyche influenced the physique,” said coach Marco Kostmann and stated resigned: “The table is not lying.”