FLEKKEN: “WE HAD A LOT OF LUCK AT THE END”
FREIBURG SEE IT THROUGH!
Freiburg go level on points with leaders Bayern, who play Gladbach tomorrow, but - boy - were they made to sweat. Spirited Bochum remain pointless after four games.
Into the first of four additional minutes. We do not want this to end. Freiburg might feel differently...
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A free-kick drops inside the Freiburg box. Zoller doesn't quite connect with his head, but Flekken isn't to know. His outstretched leg denies a certain equaliser.
NO LUCK FOR BOCHUM!
Holtmann is unmarked as he controls a free-kick into the area. A wicked deflection diverts his shot onto the bar and back out. Freiburg don't clear, but Zoller's effort from a tight angle is wide.
Nils Petersen goes desperately close to a sensational goal. He controls on the edge of the box, before sending a half volley against the angle of post and bar!
It opens up for Zoller, but Flekken's out to block inside the six-yard box. That move had everything but the finishing touch.
... the longer it remains 1-0...
HOPE FOR BOCHUM...
Three for Freieburg, two for Bochum. Can Petersen do what Gregoritsch couldn't, and give Freiburg daylight?
Bochum give away possession in their own half, inviting the Freiburg counter. Grifo leads the charge, the Italy international clipping a ball to the corner of the six-yard box for Gregoritsch. His first effort is foiled by Riemann, who pushes the Freiburg striker's follow-up onto the post! Incredible!
Bochum are growing in belief as Gamboa whips over a cross. Stöger tries to connect with a volley on the penalty spot, but shins over.
OFF THE POST!
Gerrit Holtmann drifts in off the right, before curling an effort goalwards in the style of Arjen Robben. Flekken's beaten, but the post spares him!
... will the home side be made to pay for those missed chances?
FREIBURG TRAIL XG
Doan goes all Lionel Messi with a fabulous piece of skill through the legs of his marker. The Japanese playmaker cuts a dangerous ball into the area, where Sallai helps it on. Gregoritsch sticks out a boot, but can only steer the ball straight at Riemann.
Freiburg move it quickly, but Grifo's final ball is heavy and Gregoritsch can only watch it skip past him in the Bochum area.
Grifo has three goals already this season. He scored nine last term.
Janko tangles with Grifo in the box. The ball wriggles free to Doan, who troubles Riemann with a low effort that almost slips through his grasp. The greasy ball is causing problems.
Grifo sends a free-kick over the Bochum wall, but the ball drops just wide of Riemann's right-hand post. The Bochum keeper had it covered, mind...
Riemann dives to his right to save Grifo's penalty. He bats away the rebound, but can't stop the Freiburg man's third attempt.
Riemann drops a cross and then pulls back Sallai. After a quick VAR review, the referee points to the spot...
HERE WE GO AGAIN!
No changes at the break. There has never been a goalless draw in the Bundesliga between these two...
GOALLESS AT THE BREAK
Manuel Riemann's come up with some big saves to thwart Freiburg, but Bochum haven't been without chances of their own. Still all to play for at the Europa-Park...
SHOOT ON SIGHT
Holtmann lets fly with a shot from range that Flekken punches clear. In normal circumstances he'd have elected to catch, but it's just not worth the risk in these conditions. Rain is pooling on the pitch now.
THE HEAVENS HAVE OPENED
The rain is really coming down now as Sallai screws wide on the run. Bochum go straight up the other end, drawing Flekken out of his box. Luckily for Freiburg, he rescues the situation after a couple of hairy touches.
Michael Gregoritsch Takuma Asano
Günter makes a hash of his attempted clearance as Bochum go long for Asano. The Japanese forward is into the Freiburg box, but drags his effort across goal and wide.
Grifo lofts a ball up towards Doan, who lays it off to Gregoritsch. He takes aim from a good 20 yards out, but it's a routine diving stop for Riemann. Freiburg come again as Doan dinks a ball into the area for Sallai, who sends an audacious overhead attempt wide.
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Sallai wriggles clear to deliver a cross from the left that Stafylidis does really well to clear in front of Doan at the near post. Freiburg have gone up a gear...
They might well be, but for Riemann.
SHOULD FREIBURG BE AHEAD?
Riemann's racking up the Fantasy Manager points in Freiburg. He gets down really well to block a fierce Gregoritsch drive, and is straight up to deny Sallai on the rebound. Höfler should bury the loose ball but, with men on the line, tries to be far too precise with his effort and puts it wide.
Grifo plays a pass into the box. Bochum make a real meal of it, but Riemann's out to block in front of Doan. Massive let-off for the visitors.
Stafylidis aims a cross towards the penalty spot. It's awkward for Günter, who does really well to clear on the stretch. If he got that wrong, Bochum might have been in.
Bochum work it quickly from right to left. Asano shows great control in the Freiburg box, but his left-footed drive is too close to Flekken, who dives to his left to push the shot wide.
Freiburg play a route-one pass into the Bochum box. Left-back Christian Günter has a free run through the middle, but doesn't quite have the pace or touch to bring the bouncing ball under wraps and can only toe it into the midriff of the on-rushing Riemann.
HOLTMANN FROM RANGE
Bochum win the game's first corner. Stöger drives it it, but doesn't find a blue shirt. Holtmann eventually picks it up, taking on a shot from range that Flekken gathers at the second attempt.
Here they come! Freiburg in red with white stripes, Bochum in blue.
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TEAM NEWS - BOCHUM
Thomas Reis has made four changes to his side following last week's 7-0 defeat by Bayern. Goralski makes his starting debut in midfield, with Stafylidis (muscular problems) and Holtmann (knee) returning to the side after recovering from injuries, and Masovic replacing Ordets at centre-back.
TEAM NEWS - FREIBURG
It's as expected from Freiburg boss Christian Streich, whose only change is bringing Keitel into central midfield in place of the injured Eggestein. Otherwise, it's as you were for the high-flying Black Forest side.
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FREIBURG STARTING XI
Flekken - Sildillia, Ginter, Lienhart, Günter (c) - Keitel, Höfler – Sallai, Doan, Grifo - Gregoritsch
Uphoff, Siquet, K. Schlotterbeck, Gulde, Kyereh, Wagner, Jeong, Weißhaupt, Petersen
BOCHUM STARTING XI
Riemann - Gamboa, Masovic, Heintz, Stafylidis - Losilla (c), Goralski – Asano, Stöger, Holtmann - Zoller
Esser, Osei-Tutu, Ordets, Janko, Lampropoulos, Tolba, Förster, Osterhage, Hofmann
Christian Striech named the same line-up in Freiburg's first three games of the season but will be forced to make at least one change this time after Maximilian Eggestein broke his hand against Stuttgart, meaning Yannik Keitel is set to replace him in midfield. For Bochum, winger Gerrit Holtmann is expected to return to the starting XI while Lys Mousset could make his debut after joining on a free transfer.
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These sides have met 16 times previously in the Bundesliga, with each winning their respective home game last season. Overall, Freiburg hold a slight advantage with seven wins to Bochum's six, with three draws. The Black Forest club are unbeaten in their last six home games against today's opponents.
Vincenzo Grifo scored the only goal of the game for Freiburg in their Baden-Württemberg derby against VfB Stuttgart last week, handing Christian Streich's side their second league win of the season. As such, they'll be looking to continue their good start to the campaign with another victory here. Things are rather different in the Bochum camp, however. Thomas Reis' men were on the wrong side of a 7-0 humbling against Bayern last weekend, leaving them bottom of the table without a single point to show for their efforts. Today's visitors need points - fast.
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HELLO AND WELCOME!
Bundesliga Matchday 4 kicks off in a short while as fifth-placed Freiburg welcome a Bochum side still searching for their first win of the season. Stay tuned for live build-up and match coverage from the Europa-Park Stadion.