VfL march on to round 2 of the cup
VfL have earned their place in round two of the German FA cup after an impressive and thoroughly deserved 2-0 (1-0) victory over Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart. Striker Simon Terodde netted twice, in the 10th and 48th minute.
VfL head coach Peter Neururer put his faith in the same selection that thrashed Aue 5-1 in the league. Michael Gregoritsch, who had to be replaced through injury in the league fixture after an excellent display, figured in Neururer’s starting line-up. Stuttgart’s coach Armin Veh selected two of his summer signings, Florian Klein and Filip Kostic.
The heavens opened just in time for the 15.30 kick-off rewirpowerSTADION. But VfL were not to be shaken by a rain shower and started in the keenest of fashions. Stuttgart’s Romeu was pressurized by three Bochum strikers following a poor ball from keeper Ulreich. Simon Terodde snapped the ball from the midfielder before calmly slotting it into the Stuttgart net in the 11th minute for the early VfL lead. The match continued to be a lively affair. Harnik had the first chance for the visitors, only to see Perthel throw himself into the effort and clear for a corner in the 14th minute. Minutes later, our number 24 played his part in attack, but his low hard cross was just missed by Gregoritsch.
The match remained intense, with both sides in attacking mode. VfB had the next chance. From a corner after 27 minutes, Terodde allowed central defender Schwaab to head just over. Two minutes later, at the other end, Patrick Fabian sent his headed effort from a Tasaka cross over the bar. Then, Romeu tried to make up for his mistake which led to the opening goal, but the Spaniard’s low drive flew past the left-hand post. Shortly before half-time, Gregoritsch was almost through but referee Wolfgang Stark blew for a foul. Then, Sestak tested keeper Ulreich with an intuitive shot from distance which Ulreich did well to save in the 45th minute.
The half ended with a strong VfL going into the dressing room with a narrow 1-0 lead. Both sides resumed play unchanged. Bochum had the first real chance three minutes after the restart. Losilla threaded a pass through to Latza on the left flank. He forwarded the ball to Sestak, who played a sweet pass to fellow striker Terodde, and he crowned his performance with a neatly struck shot with the outside of his boot past Ulreich for his second strike of the match. The goal understandably electrified the home support.
VfL continued to dictate the pace of the game, with Terodde shooting high in the 61st minute. Stuttgart’s coach Armin Veh had to respond and sent on Maxim a minute later. But this did little to change the balance of the game. VfL piled on the pressure, Gregoritsch again forcing his way into the box, although his finish was less than perfect. An unmarked Sestak waited in vain in front of goal for the expected pass. Our speedy number 9 had the next chance but Ulreich managed to parry his fierce shot at the expense of a corner in the 65th minute. Peter Neururer made his first substitution, sending on Terrazzino for Sestak. Gregoritsch took his place at centre-forward.
The Austrian could have finished the game shortly after in the 72nd minute, but his headed effort from a Celozzi cross went just wide of the left-hand post. Eight minutes later, it was his turn to leave the field and be replaced by Adnan Zahirovic. A further five minutes later, Henrik Gulden took over the midfield role Tasaka. The hosts then proceeded to run down the clock, and VfB were unable to pose any real threat to Andi Luthe in goal. Following a hugely convincing performance, VfL have secured a well-deserved place in round two of the German FA cup competition.