Aussies Abroad: Kruse’s Bochum beaten in 2.Bundesliga

Robbie Kruse’s Bochum have headed into the 2.Bundesliga winter break on the back of a loss after going down 2-1 to St Pauli on Tuesday morning (AEDT).

The Caltex Socceroos winger played the full 90 minutes for Bochum as they were edged out 2-1 at the Millerntor Stadion in Hamburg.

Kruse almost opened the scoring inside three minutes when he scorched past his defender on the left and hitting a powerful shot which had to be tipped around the post by the keeper.

Goals either side of the break had St Pauli cruising but Kruse remained Bochum’s best chance of an avenue into the content.

His goal-bound effort on 52 minutes was headed off the line, while he had another chance 18 minutes from time which was straight at the keeper.

Bochum did pull one back 15 minutes from the end through Lukas Hinterseer but despite some late pressure from the visitors, they were unable to find an equaliser.

Bochum have dropped to 12th spot on the 2.Bundesliga ladder with 23 points after 18 games.

They are not in action again until after the winter break when they host MSV Duisburg on January 24.