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2022-23 German Bundesliga
  • Vincenzo Grifo (48')

Freiburg join Bayern on top with 1-0 home win over Bochum

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Vincenzo Grifo goal 48th minute SC Freiburg 1-0 VfL Bochum (0:51)

Vincenzo Grifo goal 48th minute SC Freiburg 1-0 VfL Bochum (0:51)

Freiburg edged visitors VfL Bochum 1-0 in an entertaining encounter on Friday, with both teams hitting the woodwork twice and the hosts missing a penalty, to provisionally join Bayern Munich on nine points at the top of the Bundesliga.

Bochum are bottom having lost all four games. Bayern host Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.

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Freiburg bagged the winner in the 48th minute with Vincenzo Grifo needing three attempts to score.

Bochum goalkeeper Manuel Riemann saved his penalty, then palmed Grifo's rebound header straight into the path of the Italy international who then tapped in from close range.

The visitors were on the back foot for much of the first half but almost equalised when Gerrit Holtmann cut into the box and curled a left-foot shot against the post in the 65th.

Freiburg will also wonder how they failed to score again in the 72nd, missing another double chance with Michael Gregoritsch seeing his diving header from close range saved by Riemann and his rebound shot bouncing off the post.

In a topsy-turvy second half both keepers were kept busy but Riemann was well beaten when substitute Nils Petersen shot from the edge of the box but again Bochum were saved by the woodwork.

The visitors responded with a chance of their own, hitting the bar with Holtmann's deflected effort in the 85th.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 15 +36 34
2 SC Freiburg 15 +8 30
3 RB Leipzig 15 +9 28
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 15 +8 27
5 1. FC Union Berlin 15 +4 27
6 Borussia Dortmund 15 +4 25
7 VfL Wolfsburg 15 +4 23
8 Borussia Monchengladbach 15 +4 22
9 Werder Bremen 15 -2 21
10 Mainz 15 -5 19
11 TSG Hoffenheim 15 0 18
12 Bayer Leverkusen 15 -1 18
13 FC Cologne 15 -8 17
14 FC Augsburg 15 -8 15
15 Hertha Berlin 15 -3 14
16 VfB Stuttgart 15 -9 14
17 VfL Bochum 15 -22 13
18 Schalke 04 15 -19 9