VfL go down to Ingolstadt
VfL Bochum were beaten 1-0 by FC Ingolstadt in front of a 14,465 crowd. Pascal Groß scored the only goal of the match from a direct free-kick in the 78th minute to give Ingolstadt their first away win of the season. After four defeats in a row, VfL will now have to pick themselves up quickly.
Head coach Peter Neururer made six team changes for the Ingolstadt match. Michael Esser took over in goal from the suspended Andreas Luthe, and Christian Tiffert, Ken Ilsö, Patrick Fabian, Florian Jungwirth and Onur Bulut were also selected for the starting lineup. Sebastian Brune made his debut as reserve keeper on the VfL bench. Ingolstadt, who had released their head coach Marco Kurz during the week, were trained by interim coach Michael Henke. They made one change to their side, bringing in attacking midfielder Pascal Groß. Tamas Hajnal made his return to the squad after injury
Referee Harm Osmers had just got the match under way and VfL were already threatening the Ingolstadt goal. A cross from Onur Bulut was saved by Ingolstadt keeper Ramazan Özcan. Then Ingolstadt made inroads into the Bochum box, but a vigilant Michael Esser saved Pascal Groß’s shot at the second attempt.
VfL were determined to keep a hold of the game, while the visitors defended deep and waited to counter-attack. VfL had little to show for their efforts apart from an 11th minute Onur Bulut shot. Five minutes later, Ken Ilsö’s set piece from 18 yards out was the first real chance to test the Ingolstadt keeper, who managed to parry the drive at the cost of a corner. VfL were strongest coming from the right. Freier, Bulut and Ilsö teased and tormented the Ingolstadt defence, and Mirkan Aydin had the next chance after 19 minutes. His header was deflected for a corner. But the biggest chance went to the visitors. Pascal Groß snapped up a stray ball in the middle of the park, released Christian Eigler, but he found his match in Michael Esser from close range. Jonas Acquistapace dealt with the rebound. VfL’s only attempt of any worth in the first period came in the 30th minute when Mirkan Aydin fired in a fierce drive but sent the ball sky high.
The start of the second half was a carbon copy of the first. Aydin passed to Ilsö and his shot on the turn from ten yards was cleared by the Ingolstadt defence. The visitors immediately raced up to the VfL end, Eigler scampering up the left and leaving Matip to fire one at Esser, who turned the ball round the post for a corner. There followed a stream of set pieces, some more dangerous than others. Peter Neururer responded and brought on Piotr Cwielong and Yusuke Tasaka to add bite to the Bochum attack, with Bulut and Latza coming off.
Tasake found himself immediately in the thick of things, keeper Öczan managing to clear a superb cross from Acquistapace with his knee from a prowling Tasake. VfL were fortunate not to go behind after 70 minutes, when Pascal Groß flighted in a free-kick from the left, and an acrobatic overhead kick from Hofmann struck the left-hand post. Neururer then played his final card two minutes later, bringing on Sukuta-Pasu in the 73rd minute.
The final quarter of an hour was to prove very eventful: an Ingolstadt free-kick by Groß in the 78th minute almost from the left-hand corner flag flew past everyone in the box and ended up in the back of the Bochum net for the opening goal. Three minutes later, Philipp Hofmann flattened Florian Jungwirth in the centre of the park and rightly was dismissed after being shown his second yellow card. VfL saw their chance. Cwielong charged up the right to the base line, slid the ball across goal, but Tasake only managed to clear the ball rather than prod it into the empty Ingolstadt goal. The fans were still behind VfL and tried to drive their side on, but a Sukuta-Pasu headed chance in the dying seconds was all they had to show, and only the visitors had anything to cheer about at the final whistle.