Bochum - Promotion hopefuls 1. FC Köln saw their chances of clinching third place dented as relegation-threatened VfL Bochum 1848 collected their third straight victory under head coach Peter Neururer with a 2-1 win.

Chances were few and far between during the first half, but the Billy Goats managed to take a narrow lead in at the break after Adil Chihi found the net with his second bit of the cherry having hit the post with an initial effort. However, in an absorbing second half that flowed from end to end Zlatko Dedic’s seventh goal of the season leveled the scores before Marcel Maltritz rose highest to head home at the near post. Köln pushed forward in a desperate attempt to rescue a point, but ultimately squandered a chance to leapfrog 1. FC Kaiserslautern, while Bochum moved themselves four points clear of 16th played Dynamo Dresden.

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