Home debut against Dresden ends 1-1
In the end, VfL Bochum couldn’t get more than a 1-1 draw against Dynamo Dresden on the second matchday. In the top match in front of a 20,195 strong crowd at the rewirpowerSTADION on Monday evening, Patrick Fabian scored the opener for VfL in the tenth minute, but ex-Bochum player Christian Fiel levelled in the 69th minute. A regular goal by Richard Sukuta-Pasu minutes before the break was wrongfully denied.
Both managers made one change each to their starting line-ups as compared with their first match of the season. Youngster Fabian Holthaus replaced the slightly injured Felix Bastians in Bochum’s back four. Dresden had two players with a Bochum background swap places. Tobias Kempe, the son of ex-Bochum player Thomas Kempe, took the place in the starting eleven after his last week’s wonder goal from Filip Trojan – another ex-Bochum player.
VfL had the first decent goalscoring opportunity of the match after ten minutes. A Piotr Cwielong free-kick in towards the second post found Patrick Fabian lurking and his header hit the net for VfL’s 1-0 lead. It was the first goal in a professional match for the centre back, who has had to come through so many severe injuries in the past. The home team kept up the pace. In the 14th minute, Slawo Freier played a neat through ball to VfL striker Richard Sukuta-Pasu, and only two minutes later Christian Tiffert met a long cross by Holthaus, but his shot was blocked by a Dresden player.
It was not until the 19th minute that Dynamo had their first scoring chance, but a long-range shot by Christoph Menz missed the target. Seconds later, Sukuta-Pasu could have made it 2-0 but his shot was saved easily. In the following, both teams struggled to create proper goalscoring opportunities. Shots by Cwielong in the 28th minute and by Dresden’s Christian Fiel three minutes later went wide. Seven minutes before the half-time whistle, VfL were very unlucky as the referee and linesmen wrongfully judged a precise pass by Tiffert to Sukuta-Pasu to be offside - so no second VfL goal.
The poor refereeing decision did not affect Sukuta-Pasu and he carved out the next corner shortly afterwards. The corner was headed away by the Dresden defence but landed at the feet of Yusuke Tasaka who didn’t think twice and struck from just outside the box. Unfortunately the ball ended up connecting with the shinbone of Dresden player Schuppan so the result remained unchanged until the referee blew the half-time whistle. Both teams returned unchanged after the break.
The home team was fortunate in front of a 20,195 strong crowd at the rewirpowerSTADION, as the first shot in the second half didn’t hit the Bochum net. In the 53rd minute, Menz again tried his luck from distance but his shot only hit his teammate Anthony Losilla and the ball was deflected. Keeper Andreas Luthe wouldn’t have had a chance but luckily the shot missed the goal by inches. In the following, VfL strengthened their attacking efforts once more. At the finish of a good move in the 59th minute, Latza had a shooting chance after a nice pass by Tiffert but his shot flew over the crossbar. On the opposite end, Andreas Luthe was kept busy as he had to defuse a double chance by Ouali and Pote in the 61th minute. Both managers decided to reshuffle their squads and sent on their first substitutes. Trojan came on for Dresden, and in the 64th minute Mirkan Aydin replaced Tasaka.
Five minutes later Dynamo levelled the score. Losilla squared the ball to Fiel who slotted the ball unstoppably for keeper Luthe into the top corner with a strong left foot drive. Another five minutes later, Dresden’s skipper Pote almost scored a second after Patrick Fabian’s header back towards Bochum’s box went too short, but Andi Luthe was on the spot and saved the ball. In the 76th minute, VfL tried to hit back in the shape of Sukuta-Pasu but Dresden’s keeper Kirsten managed to punch his fierce shot out of the danger zone.
Now the home team were calling all the shots. First, Sukuta-Pasu missed the target in the 81th minute, and only seconds later Jungwirth’s shot was deflected. Mirkan Aydin almost converted the ensuing corner kick but his header slipped past the right post. Dresden’s defensive lines were visibly floundering. Piotr Cwielong tried his luck five minutes before the end, but his shot from sixteen yards went wide. Despite all their efforts, Bochum didn’t manage to score their second and the match ended with a 1-1 draw.