Cottbus - VfL Bochum piled the misery on Energie Cottbus with a 1-0 away win on Friday night which leaves Rudi Bommer’s men in the thick of a relegation battle.

Richard Sukuta-Pasu’s first-half strike earned Peter Neururer’s charges all three points, lifting them up and out of the drop zone at their hosts’ expense. Having taken the lead, Bochum got men behind the ball to defend their precious points, rarely looking like losing their grasp on victory. In spite of their valiant efforts, Cottbus couldn't break through, although Alexander Bittroff went close to grabbing an equaliser when his shot hit the corner of the crossbar in stoppage time.

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