The sports club started the English week with an impressive performance. After goals from Kbler and Sallai twice, SC Freiburg deservedly won 3-0. There were also two red cards for VfL.
In front of a sold-out house for the first time without any Corona regulations, the SC played worth seeing from the start. The mood in the stands was the same, with summery temperatures the string eleven deservedly won 3-0. The Freiburg team drew level on points with fourth-placed RB Leipzig, who is still a guest at Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.
The Breisgauer, whose goalkeeper Nils Petersen was allowed to play a league game from the start for the first time since the end of February, completely dominated the game – and after a good quarter of an hour were already 2-0 ahead. After a long ball from Nicolas Hfler, full-back Kbler appeared completely free on the right in the penalty area and hit the left corner, which is well worth seeing. Then offensive man Sallai raised with a well-placed low shot from the right side, which bounced off the left inside post and into the net. The goal was preceded by a risky, but probably rule-compliant slide by the Hungarian.
VfL, on the other hand, initially produced almost no goal threat. A header from Sebastian Polter was cornered by Freiburg’s defense ace Nico Schlotterbeck (18′) – not much more came from the guests.
SC coach Streich got “a stadium that’s boiling”
Instead, Petersen could have increased the lead to 3-0 after 25 minutes, but headed wide from a promising position. The industrious Sallai with a header (36′) and Woo-yeong Jeong with a shot wide of the goal (45′) missed further chances for the Freiburg team, who were very keen to run and play. And were loudly supported by the ranks. “A stadium that’s boiling” was what SC coach Christian Streich wanted before the game – and he got it.
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While Jochen Saier on the microphone at half-time warned his colleagues at Sky against a strong response from Bochum, this didn’t really prove itself after the restart. VfL coach Reis made three changes at the break. Among others, striker Simon Zoller made his second appearance after a long injury break. But even before Bochum could have started to catch up, the next setback followed. Sallai headed in after a nice Jeong cross. It was the national player’s second Bundesliga brace. He scored his first in December 2020 against FC Schalke 04.
Bochum’s coach Reis is banished to the stands
Almost ten minutes after Schlotterbeck had missed the 4:0 (60th), things got hectic again. First Stafylidis saw red for a violent foul on Sallai on the touchline, then his angry coach Reis. The 48-year-old watched the rest of the game from the stands.
The SC continues on Tuesday in Hamburg, where they want to play in the DFB Cup semi-final against HSV in the final in Berlin. Freiburg should now arrive with plenty of self-confidence. With 36 points, Bochum are further down in the middle of the table, but are not yet sure of remaining in the league.
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