BERLIN, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) — A late brace from Christopher Nkunku broke Bochum’s resilience and secured Leipzig’s second victory in a row at the seventh round in Bundesliga on Saturday.
Newly promoted Bochum was able to hold the pace until 70th minute but a goal from substitute Andre Silva and a quick doubled strike from Nkunku sewed up Leipzig’s third win of the campaign.
The “Red Bulls” grabbed a promising start on home soil as the referee pointed to the penalty spot after a supposed foul play from Herbert Bockhorn on Angelino in the third minute but the video assistant referee stepped in and overruled the decision.
Leipzig gained momentum and kept Bochum’s defence busy as Emil Forsberg unleashed a dangerous effort, which forced goalkeeper Manuel Riemann into action, in the eighth minute before the Sweden international rattled the woodwork after dancing through the visitors’ territory three minutes later.
Bochum showed a vital sign with 13 minutes played but Leipzig’s goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi was equal to Elvis Rexhbecaj’s effort on target.
The hosts were in complete control but lacked in accuracy in front of the goal as neither Yussuf Poulsen nor Nkunku was able to mark the opener despite presentable opportunities before the break.
After the half time, Bochum was able to keep Leipzig at bay and to disrupt the flow of the game.
The hosts then eventually made changes and fielded Silva and Dominik Szoboszlai. The substitutions paid off after 42 seconds as Silva nodded home Szoboszlai’s corner kick to beat Riemann in the 70th minute.
Silva remained a factor as he provided an assist three minutes later after feeding Nkunku, who chipped the through ball over Riemann to double the lead.
Bochum’s resistance was broken whereas Leipzig wasn’t done with the scoring and made it three as Nkunku wrapped up his brace by slotting home Josko Gvardiol’s lob into the area with 78 minutes gone.
The newcomers had the chance to reduce the arrears out the blue but for all that Sebastian Polter missed the goal with only Gulacsi to beat in the 85th minute.
With the win, Leipzig move on the seventh position meanwhile Bochum stay on the penultimate position of the standings after suffering its fifth loss.
“If we would have been more ruthless in front of the target, we would have been ahead by four goals in the first half. We need more accuracy in front of the goal. We had to win this game today. It is a good day for the team,” Leipzig head coach Jesse Marsch said.
The following fixtures conclude the seventh round on Sunday: Mainz face Union Berlin, leaders Bayern Munich clash with Eintracht Frankfurt and Arminia Bielefeld host Bayer Leverkusen.