VfL Bochum’s Felix Bastians missed a last-minute penalty as Gertjan Verbeek’s side lost 1-0 to Eintracht Braunschweig on Friday.
In an even opening to the contest, the hosts very nearly took the lead when Nik Omladic fired just wide of the target, before former Borussia Mönchengladbach striker Peniel Mlapa struck the post at the other end with a firm header. The opener eventually arrived four minutes before the break when Salim Khelifi diverted Mads Hvilsom’s cross past Bochum custodian Andreas Luthe to give Eintracht the lead.
Gerri Holtmann thought he had doubled the Lions’ advantage ten minutes into the second half, but the 20-year-old’s effort was ruled out for offside. It mattered little, however, as Torsten Lieberknecht’s side held on for a narrow victory over their fellow promotion hopefuls, who had Arvydas Novikovas sent off for a second bookable offence with a quarter of an hour remaining.