Third 1-1 draw at home in a row
VfL’s third home match of this 2nd Bundesliga season ended in a 1-1 draw. In front of 21,168 spectators at the rewirpowerSTADION, the visitors from Karlsruhe were in the lead at half-time, thanks to a header by Manuel Torres after 19 minutes. In the second half, VfL levelled when Yusuke Tasaka scored the equaliser in the 62nd minute.
Compared to the away win against Braunschweig two weeks ago, VfL manager Peter Neururer made one change to his starting eleven when Marco Terrazino stepped in for Michael Gregoritsch. For the first time, Bochum’s new signings Mikael Forssell and Malcom Cacutalua were also in the squad. Karlsruhe manager Markus Kauczinski decided to make no fewer than three changes to his line-up. Philipp Klingmann and Daniel Gordon took their places in the back four, Enrico Valentini strengthened Karlsruhe’s offensive play. The injured players Mauersberger and Traut as well as Yamada had to step aside.
In the top tie of matchday five, it was Bochum’s Timo Perthel who had the first big chance of the game only a few seconds after kick-off. A powerful shot from 25 meters missed the right goalpost by a whisker. VfL were highly motivated and fully committed from the start. In the third minute, Simon Terodde missed a long cross by inches and Perthel’s second chance of the day went wide. But Karlsruhe also showed their strength and had their goalscoring opportunities. While Micanski narrowly missed a dangerous Torres cross after eight minutes, the visitors had better luck ten minutes later. Three Bochum players attacked Valentini on the right but the ball somehow came through to Kempe, whose cross found Torres in the box. Bochum keeper Esser had no chance against his accurate header.
The home team lost control for a few minutes. Only seconds after the restart, Micanski suddenly appeared completely unmarked in front of keeper Esser, who saved his team from falling further behind. Karlsruhe dominated the match and had a number of decent chances. Especially Torres showed a strong performance and troubled Bochum’s defensive lines again and again. It took some time before VfL found their way back into the game and had their first chance to equalise but Terrazino’s powerful shot in the 31st minute was saved by keeper Orlishausen. A collision between Fabian, Yabo and Losilla led to an interruption of several minutes. Unfortunately, VfL skipper Patrick Fabian had to be replaced shortly afterwards with suspected concussion. As a result, Cacutalua made his debut for Bochum in the 43rd minute.
Seconds before the half-time whistle, Karlsruhe had the last chance of the first half but Micanski couldn’t convert a cross by Klingmann and his shot only hit the side netting. After the break at the rewirpowerSTADION, Karlsruhe’s manager decided to replace Yabo, who was slightly injured and already booked. Apart from that, the teams returned to the pitch unchanged. It took some time before the match picked up again as the ball hardly left the midfield at the beginning of the second half. After 57 minutes,KSC had the first proper chance but a counterattack involving Torres and substitute Nazarov was cleared by Esser. Manager Neururer reacted in the 61st minute and fielded Gregoritsch for Terrazino.
A change that was to pay off immediately. In the 62nd minute, the Austrian striker initiated an attack with a fine pass to Terodde, who passed it on to Latza. The midfielder tried his luck but the shot was deflected by a Karlsruhe defender and the ball ended up at the feet of Tasaka, who finally slotted the ball into the net. After the equaliser, the match remained passionately contested. Fifteen minutes before the end, Micanski had another proper chance to score but missed the target.
Both managers weren’t satisfied with the draw. Striker van der Biezen was fielded for Karlsruhe, Forrsell made his VfL debut after 78 minutes. Four minutes later, Gregoritsch had a chance to decide the game but failed to connect properly. On the opposite side, it was Torres again who couldn’t convert his next goalscoring opportunity. No more goals were scored and so the match remained 1-1, the third draw for VfL in their third home match of the season.