Belgium striker Igor de Camargo gave Borussia Moenchengladbach a 1-0 win at home to second--division VfL Bochum in Thursday’s German league first-leg playoff to put his side a step closer to safety.
Bundesliga side ’Gladbach will take a slender advantage back to Bochum on Wednesday in the -second-leg after de Camargo tapped home with the last kick of the game following a goalmouth scramble in the 93rd minute.
Although the fourth official had indicated there was two minutes of stoppage-time, there was controversy as two minutes 40 seconds of time was shown on the clock when ’Gladbach took the final throw-in that led to the goal.
Referee Guenter Perl blew for time immediately after the goal as the ’Gladbach players celebrated wildly, while Bochum were left fuming.
Having finished third from bottom of the Bundesliga last season, ’Gladbach must beat Bochum, who finished third from top of the second division, to guarantee their place in the top tier next season.
In the playoff, the away-goals rule used in European competition applies.
If the game is level after 90 minutes of the second leg, an extra 30 minutes will be played and then penalties will decide the match — and a place in the Bundesliga next season.