|photo from RB Leipzig
RB Leipzig staved off criticism for another day with a scoreline over Bochum that will look dominant thanks to two goals from a red hot Christopher Nkunku. The 3-0 goalfest didn't start until after the 69th minute when substitute Andre Silva scored his first goal from the run of play for Leipzig. From there Bochum fell apart, allowing Nkunku to break through and continue his goal-scoring ways.
While the scoring was left until late, Leipzig will have thought they left more than a few chances on the table in the first half. The team was nearly award a penalty when Yussuf Poulsen was challenged inside of the box but a review of the play brought it back as a 50/50 challenge. The team continued to push Bochum to their limit defensively but did not have the killer instinct in front of goal to take the lead.
With pressure mounting in the second half, it was a substitution that brought both Dominik Szoboszlai and Silva onto the field. Silva got his head on a corner from Szoboszlai and cleaned up the rebound to give Leipzig a 1-0 lead. Minutes later Silva played a perfect ball to the feet of Nkunku who put away the second goal of the game. Five minutes later Nkunku finished his second goal to keep Bochum at the bottom of the Bundesliga.
The win is a sigh of relief for manager Jesse Marsch who stated before that game that it was a must-win for his club. Now, after disappointing results in previous weeks, he can hope that this a turning of the page and Leipzig can rise up the table. Next week it will be a tough game against SC Freiburg who still has not suffered a defeat this season in the Bundesliga.
RB Leipzig: Gulacsi; Klostermann, Simakan (80' Laimer), Gvardiol, Adams, Haidara, Kampl (79' Moriba), Angelino (61' Mukiele), Nkunku, Forsberg (69' Szoboszlai), Poulsen (69' Silva)
VfL Bochum: Reimann-Lorenzen; Bockhorn, Masovic, Bella Kotchap, Soares, Losilla, Tesche (82' Osterhage), Rexhbecaj (78' Lowen), Antwi-Adjei (78' Pantovic), Asano (77' Blum), Holtmann (73' Polter)