VfL ease past FSV in 5-1 win
VfL’s impressive run continues, with a third away victory in a row. This time, Bochum came away 5-1 victors over FSV Frankfurt in front of a 5,667 crowd. Losilla (30), Gregoritsch (57), Terodde (64, 78) and Sestak (84) all featured on the scoresheet.
Games between VfL and FSV have rarely been dream outings, at least from a Bochum perspective. The last four fixtures against Frankfurt all ended in defeat for VfL and it was time to correct the imbalance. However, three players would not be travelling with the squad, Andreas Luthe, who is easing his way back into training after a back injury, Jan Simunek, out with groin problems and Onur Bulut, missing with a torn muscle. Coach Peter Neururer made just two changes to the side that started against KSC, Malcolm Cacutalua coming in for Simunek, and Michael Gregoritsch replacing Marco Terrazzino. New signing Tobias Weis was on the bench for the first time for his new club. Two ex-VfL forwards, Zlatko Dedic and Faton Toski, were on the FSV subs bench.
VfL had the first chance of the match almost straight from the kick-off. Sestak stabbed a through ball to Gregoritsch, who shot wide past the left-hand post. VfL kept up the pressure and allowed the hosts little opportunity to get into the game. Three minutes into the match, Timo Perthel hammered a fierce 17m drive narrowly past the right-hand post. Terodde’s header only a minute later also flew wide. FSV had their first chance after seven minutes when Kapllani got the better of Cacutalua, only to see his effort miss the target. FSV were slowly beginning to get to grips with the visitors. There followed a series of free kicks and corners but they posed little danger to the Bochum goal.
VfL then proceeded to take charge again. Latza’s vicious 22m drive after 16 minutes was parried by FSV keeper Klandt. Sestak and Terodde also had their chances. Suddenly, in the middle of this period of VfL pressure, Michael Esser found himself at the centre of the action, having to deal with a long-range effort from Grifo after 24 minutes. Then, in the 29th minute, in a counter involving Perthel and Losilla, the ball landed at the feet of Terodde, who passed on to the Frenchman again, and he lobbed a perfectly executed ball over Klandt for the opening goal. Soon after, Latza might have added to the lead but his effort was comfortably saved by the Frankfurt keeper.
VfL maintained the pressure on the home side, only to find themselves level against the run of play. Edmond Kapllani slipped past the Bochum defence and, with only Esser to beat, coolly slotted the ball past the VfL keeper into the bottom left-hand post to level the score at 1-1. VfL responded strongly. Latza struck a magnificent piledriver, which crashed against the underside of the bar and bounced back into play. A minute later, Tasaka had only the keeper to beat but his shot was parried by Klandt. Gregoritsch’s second attempt was blocked by a defender’s hand on the goal-line, but referee Thomsen refused to award a penalty. On the stroke of half-time, Latza had another effort from distance saved by Klandt.
VfL made no changes to their line-up for the second half, while ex-VfL midfielder Faton Toski came on for FSV. The match got off to a slow start, the first highlight being Tobias Weis’s first appearance in a VfL shirt when he came on for the injured Latza in the 53rd minute. This would signal the start of a spectacular Bochum phase. In the 57th minute, Sestak passed neatly to Gregoritsch, and the Austrian rifled a thunderous 19m drive into the back of the Frankfurt net to put Bochum back in the lead. Two minutes later, Yusuke Tasaka again had only the keeper to beat, but his shot was well stopped by an attentive Frankfurt keeper.
FSV defender Manuel Konrad fancied himself as a goalkeeper too, attempting to block a 16m Losilla drive with his elbow. He was cautioned and Bochum were awarded a penalty. Terodde converted the spot-kick to make it 3-1, sending the keeper the wrong way. The 1,600 travelling support were understandably ecstatic. Terodde had the next chance, volleying a Sestak cross, which saw keeper Klandt make an impressive flying save. Terodde’s next effort, after 72 minutes, hit the crossbar and bounced back into play. VfL could and should have been further in front at this stage.
It was time for Mr Goalscorer Simon Terodde to step up to the plate again –a quick rotation, a sharp left-foot drive from inside the box, and Vfl were 4-1 in the lead. And there was more to come. In the 84th minute, Stanislav Sestak delivered a wonderful 18m curving shot past keeper Klandt and high into the centre of the Frankfurt net to make it five. Marco Terrazzino had the last chance of the match, but he came out second in a one-on-one with the FSV keeper. But that did little to dampen the delight in the VfL camp. VfL now have a top home tie in the rewirpowerSTADION against Fortuna Düsseldorf on Thursday, kick-off 20.15.