Bochum (dpa) - VfL Bochum has taken a big step towards the return of the Bundesliga.
With a sovereign 5: 1 (2: 1) against SSV Jahn Regensburg on Sunday in the Ruhr Stadium at home, the front runner of the 2nd Bundesliga secured at least participation in the relegation on matchday 32.
The team of coach Thomas Reis turned the game around, initially the relegation-threatened guests met through Andreas Albers (26th minute).
But for the Revierclub there were goals by Robert Tesche (29th), Regensburg's Jan-Niklas Beste (38th / own goal), Gerrit Holtmann (61st) and Robert Zulj (78th) and Silvère Ganvoula (90th / foul penalty).
Jahn professional Benedikt Saller also saw the red card (59th) after video evidence for a foul in the second half.
After 32 games, the Revierclub is five points ahead of SpVgg Greuther Fürth and seven points ahead of the Holstein Kiel team, who have played two games less.
If Bochum wins one of its remaining two games of the season, the Bundesliga return after eleven years in the second division will be perfect.
Two draws would certainly be enough.
It would be VfL's seventh ascent.
Regensburg, however, must continue to fear relegation.
The lead on the relegation rank for the team of coach Mersad Selimbegovic is four points.
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