Union Berlin put four past VfL
VfL crashed to a 4-0 defeat at the hands of Union Berlin in the first game of the second half of the campaign in front of a 13,000 crowd in the rewirpowerSTADION. Two first-half Quiring goals in the 13th and 36th minutes were the start of a terrible afternoon for the home side. Shortly after the restart, Berlin added goals number three and four through Terodde after 47 minutes and Köhler in the 53rd minute.
Peter Neururer made two changes to the side that drew in Karlsruhe. Slawo Freier and Florian Jungwirth were both recalled after suspension, with Jonas Acquistapace and Ken Ilsö dropping to the bench. Berlin coach Uwe Neuhaus replaced the suspended trio Parensen, Kohlmann and Brandy with Quiring, Dausch und ex-VfL defender Kopplin. Terodde was also selected in place of Nemec.
Björn Kopplin, back on familiar territory, was the first Berlin player to demonstrate the level of danger for the home side, but Luthe saved his effort comfortably just two minutes into the game. It took VfL another few minutes before they posed any threat to the Berlin goal. Cwielong’s low cross into the box was scrambled away by Berlin keeper Haas ahead of striker Richard Sukuta-Pasu. Berlin then went ahead five minutes later. A long ball from their own half moved neatly from Terodde to Dausch to Quiring, who left Fabian standing and cleanly slotted a powerful shot past a helpless Luthe low into the bottom left-hand corner of the Bochum goal.
The visitors had the next chance as well. Dausch’s shot was stopped by Maltritz, who threw himself into the path of the driven effort, and the deflected ball rebounded off the bar. The resulting corner was headed in by Kreilach but fortunately for VfL straight at the Bochum keeper.
Ten minutes from half-time, the "Iron Men" made a better job with their next attempt. Slawo Freier carelessly lost the ball with Bochum going forward and Berlin countered to great effect. Köhler and Dausch played to Quiring on the left. He then had all the room in the world to scamper into the VfL box, where he let rip with a vicious drive from the narrowest of angles past Luthe to double Berlin’s tally after 36 minutes. VfL tried to respond, and a Maltritz header flew just wide three minutes later. Quiring then saw his attempt fly high and wide a minute later, and the match remained at the very sobering two-goal lead, from a VfL perspective, until half-time.
Peter Neururer had to do something and brought on Ken Ilsö and Mirkan Aydin at the restart. But Berlin quickly put paid to any hope of VfL bouncing back by netting their third goal of the match only two minutes into the half. Terodde found himself completely unmarked in the Bochum box and easily headed Kopplin’s cross into the bottom right-hand corner. Latza tried to pull one back after 51 minutes with a left-footed effort, while Tasaka failed to make contact with a Cwielong cross a minute later. But Berlin were still not finished and added a fourth goal to their account, Köhler bending a wonderful free-kick into the top right-hand corner of the Bochum net after 53 minutes.
Substitute Aydin was the first VfL player to try and make amends. But his direct effort after 61 minutes posed few problems for keeper Haas. After that, Berlin went down a gear although they were still very much in control of the match. Kreilach did have a shot on goal after 76 minutes. Cwielong fired an effort high over the bar seven minutes from time, while Sinkiewicz’s drive from distance a minute later was also off target. At the other end, Nemec found himself unmarked with only Luthe to beat, but his header ended in the arms of a relieved Luthe. Two minutes from time, Bochum’s keeper made a double save from Dausch and Hollwitz, which might haved added to VfL’s woes. VfL will now seek to make amends when they head off to Dresden on Friday, 20 December for their final competitive match of the year.