Darmstadt - SV Darmstadt 98 remain on course for a sensational second promotion in as many seasons after defeating VfL Bochum 2-0 at home on Sunday afternoon.

The visitors went into the game full of confidence after a six-game unbeaten streak had taken them clear of the relegation zone, but were second best against Darmstadt, whose discipline and aggression allowed them to wrestle control of proceedings. They deservedly took the lead midway through the first half when defender Romain Bregerie headed in from a lofted cross, and the Lilies had their foothold.

The guests pushed for a equaliser after the break and drew a trio of fine saves from home goalkeeper Christian Mathenia, but it was Darmstadt that scored next, with defender Leon Balogun rifling in an acrobatic half-volley from a corner to ensure the hosts another three points and means they stay hot on the heels of second-placed 1. FC Kaiserslautern.

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