Bochum Secures Bundesliga Survival with Dramatic Play-Off Victory over Dusseldorf

Fortuna Dusseldorf fell short of Bundesliga promotion, losing in a penalty shoot-out against Bochum in the play-offs.Bochum secured their place in the Bundesliga next season with a penalty shoot-out win over Fortuna Dusseldorf to avoid relegation.Heiko Butscher’s team finished 16th in the Bundesliga this season but managed to defeat their 2.Bundesliga opponents and secure another season in the league.Philipp Hofmann scored two goals to level the tie after a first-leg defeat, and Kevin Stoger’s penalty sent the game to extra time. The Dusseldorf Arena couldn’t separate the two teams in the additional 30 minutes, leading to a penalty shoot-out.Andre Hoffman missed his penalty for Dusseldorf, but Erhan Masovic also missed, resulting in a sudden-death shoot-out. Bochum emerged victorious in the end, winning 6-5 on penalties after a 3-0 victory in the second leg. Dusseldorf finished third in the 2. Bundesliga this season, meaning they will stay in the league for another year after this disappointing play-off loss.This was the first time the Bundesliga play-off went to penalties, with Bochum securing their spot in the top-flight.

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