VfL celebrate 5-1 away win
For the first time since 1 May 2006, VfL managed to rack up a victory in Aue. In a game that was only good over short stages, VfL defeated Aue 5-1 in front of an 8,850 crowd. Two goals each by Sestak (5', 28') and Terodde (66', 78') as well as a converted direct free kick from Tasaka (41') ensured VfL three points. Okoronkwo scored the early equaliser.
No snow in Aue, that was the good news before kickoff. The only bad news in the week was that Selim Gündüz was unable to play due to injury; he was replaced by Piotr Cwielong. Apart from that, there were no further replacements in the 18-man squad and no changes in the starting line-up. Aue's manager Falko Götz put on Mike Könnecke and Arvydas Novikovas on the flank positions.
It took just 20 seconds until Michael Gregoritsch had the first chance but his shot from 17 metres missed the target. Scarcely two minutes later, Stanislav Sestak got possession in the box after a Celozzi throw-in, but failed with his powerful shot from short distance. In the 5th minute, VfL's efforts were initially crowned with success : Gregoritsch received a long ball and laid off for Stani, who spun round and curled the ball into the net to give Bochum the lead and get 150 VfL supporters cheering in the visitors section!
Hardly time to take a breath: First, Gregoritsch messed up a promising counter attack. At the other end, Patrick Fabian cleared against Solomon Okoronkwo in the very last second. Then, Thomas Paulus should have been sent off after committing a brutal foul against Danny Latza, but the FCE skipper was only shown the yellow card. This was a wake-up call for the home side with Okoronkwo consequentely levelling the score when he nodded in a high centre by Könneke in the 17th minute.
Aue were eager to turn the match around, VfL were trying to hit Aue on the break, which turned out to be a clever tactic. After a good string of passes between Latza , Celozzi and Gregoritsch, who sidestepped his opposing player and sharply crossed the ball into the box, Sestak waited to head home to make it 2-1 in the 28th minute. Aue continued their "successful" physical style of play and finally took Gregoritsch out of the game after another foul. The Austrian had to be substituted with a foot injury, and Marco Terrazzino was send on. Shortly afterwards, Yusuke Tasaka curled a spectacular free kick from 20 metres over the wall and into the net to make it Aue 1 Bochum 3 at half-time.
The home side made two substitutions and tried to reduce the two-goal deficit. But attempts from Novikova's free kick that hit the post in the 47th minute as well as Müller's shot from a good position failed. When the ball finally found its way into the net in the 53rd minute, the ref correctly disallowed the goal as Okoronkwo scored from a clear offside position.
Numerous set plays followed, all of them successfully defended by VfL. Tension rose in the 62nd minute when Aue defender Vucur got into possession after a corner kick, but several VfL players stopped the ball from crossing the goal line. That was the start of a turbulent 120 seconds with clear-cut opportunities on both sides. Just as things had seemed to calm down, Losilla set up for Terodde, who finished a brilliant counter attack in the 66th minute - 4-1 now.
And that was not all: a stunning attack involving Latza and Terrazzino, who selflessly crossed in front of the goal to allow Terodde to slot home to make it 5-1 in the 78th minute. A couple of minutes later, keeper Andi Luthe was forced to pull off a terrific save after Novikova's powerful long-range shot. Last but not least, Onur Bulut had another great chance to score when he tried to lob Aue keeper Männel from right the halfway line in the 86th minute. Unfortunately, his effort missed the target and the ball went past the right-hand post. Nevertheless, VfL were delighted after the final whistle as the club have never managed to score five goals in Aue, until now.