Berlin, March 18 (BNA): Leipzig suffered a 1-0 defeat against humble Bochum in the German League, today, Saturday, after its 7-0 defeat against Manchester City in the Champions League.
Coach Marco Rose had spoken of a “reorganization” of the Leipzig squad that put Manchester’s plight behind him, but the loss showed Leipzig still had more work to do.
Depending on results elsewhere on Sunday, the latest loss could leave Leipzig 10 points off the top and out of the Champions League places after this weekend, reports the Associated Press.
Bochum’s goal was far from the world’s brilliant Erling Haaland’s five goals for City, but it was a reminder to Leipzig of the need to do simple things well, especially in defending set pieces.
Erhan Macovic’s long throw-in over his head was eventually converted into a rebound after he was saved by Leipzig goalkeeper Janis Blaswich. Leipzig hit the post in stoppage time.
The 3-1 win over Hertha Berlin eased some of the pressure on American coach Pellegrino Matarazzo after he started life with Hoffenheim with five defeats.
The first two goals scored by Hoffenheim came from penalties scored by Andrej Kramaric, with the first getting a handball and the second for a trip on Ilse Bebo, who then scored the third goal after Hertha failed to deal with a long pass.