Freiburg beats Bochum 1-0 for a 3rd victory in 4 Bundesliga games | Olympic Games


FREIBURG, Germany (AP) — Vincenzo Grifo was the only one to score in a game of many chances as Freiburg beat winless Bochum 1-0 in the Bundesliga on Friday.

Gerrit Holtmann twice netted for Bochum, who were looking for their first point of the season after three defeats including a 7-0 home loss to Bayern Munich last weekend.

Michael Gregoritsch hit the post for Freiburg and Nils Petersen also hit the crossbar for the home team. Petersen then attempted a long-range effort with Bochum goalkeeper Manuel Riemann out of position to see the ball bounce past the empty goal and go over the top.

Grifo scored on the third attempt in the 48th minute, when Riemann saved his penalty and the following shot from the rebound. Grifo was blessed with a third chance after the Bochum defenders were too slow to clear the danger and he gratefully hid what turned out to be the winning goal.

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The kick was awarded after Riemann dropped the ball and then grabbed Roland Sallai in a futile effort to interfere. Sallai felt the tug and threw himself to the ground theatrically to make sure the others noticed. Referee Marco Fritz awarded the penalty after viewing video replays.

Freiburg coach Christian Streich has been forced to change his starting line-up for the first time in the league this season due to Maximilian Eggestein’s hand injury. Yannik Keitel replaced the defensive midfielder.

Freiburg have three wins from four games, with an unfortunate loss to Borussia Dortmund being the exception.

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