VfL hammered 5-0 in Heidenheim
VfL have suffered their first defeat of the season and were already 4-0 down at halftime. Three of the four goals (Schnatterer (2), Mayer and Niederlechner) were virtually set up by Bochum players. In the end, Bochum fell to the promoted team from southern Germany 5-0, with Leipertz scoring the last goal of the match.
It was a foggy day in southern Germany and VfL manager Peter Neururer had to do without three first-team players. Keeper Andi Luthe was to get some match practice in Bochum's U-23 squad, Jan Simunek is still sidelined due to a back injury, while Stefano Celozzi was not able to play as a consequence of muscular problems. "Cello" was replaced by Tobias Weis at right full-back, Fabian Holthaus took the vacant position. Ex-Bochum player Smail Morabit initially found himself on the home side's subs bench.
The pitch was slippery and three minutes into the game, Heidenheim forward Marc Schnatterer had the first chance, but his shot from a pass from Titsch-Rivero went wide of the target. Striker Patrick Mayer did much better and netted from a corner kick in the ninth minute - the first time VfL went behind in an away fixture. Bochum responded when Gregoritsch set up for Simon Terodde, whose attempt was saved by keeper Zimmermann in the 12th minute. The following spell of pressure by VfL could not be converted into tangible reward.
In the 19th minute, Perthel slipped after a return pass by Tasaka. When he tried to get the ball back, Mayer entered the box and fell after contact from Perthel. The referee awarded a penalty, and Schnatterer scored from the spot. VfL needed another six minutes until Stanislav Sestak centred from the left but the effort was cleared by Heidenheim on the goal line.
Three minutes later a misplaced pass from Losilla brought Schnatterer into position again. He found himself alone in front of the goal and nutmegged "Bruno" - Heidenheim 3, Bochum 0 in the 28th minute! In the 30th minute, Sestak's well-struck shot from the penalty line missed the upper right-hand corner by a whisker. In the 39th minute, one of Heidenheim's umpteen corner kicks was headed by Kevin Kraus towards the far corner, where Florian Niederlechner slid home from close range to make it 4-0. Apart from a couple of harmless long-range shots by Gregoritsch, VfL did not really have much to offer at that stage. Terodde's opportunity shortly before half-time was the last chance in a miserable 45 minutes.
While VfL did not make any substitutions after the changeover, Heidenheim put on Bagceci for Mayer. The game itself hardly changed at all. Bagceci passed to Leipertz from a suspiciously offside position. He layed the ball off for Schnatterer, but the Heidenheim skipper failed as Esser saved spectacularly in the 54th minute. VfL's first chance belonged to Losilla, but Niederlechner was on the scene to clear his header after a corner kick in the 59th minute. A minute later, Danny Latza was also out of luck when he fired a shot on the volley from 15 metres well over the bar.
With 30 minutes to go, head coach Neuruer made a double subsitution, bringing off Latza and Sestak, and sending on Butscher and Forssell. Just seconds later, the Finn had VfL's best chance to score so far, but his powerful header was also stopped from crossing the goal line in the 62nd minute. Two minutes later, Zimmermann cleared Terodde's effort, and Gregoritsch failed to convert the rebound.
Not too much happened for about 15 minutes before it was again Heidenheim who managed to put another one past Bochum. In the 77th minute, Heise broke through on the left wing and centred into the box, Leipertz lay in wait for the ball at the far post and easily slotted in to make it 5-0. Heise and Niederlechner could have made it even more depressing for VfL, but their attempts were either saved by Esser or missed the target. On the other side, it was again Forssell who put a header wide in the 85th minute. This was the last attack in a match that Bochum can mark as a really awful day at the office. The unbeaten run has ended - and how! Now it is time to rise again and show a different face in VfL's upcoming home match against FC Nuremberg on Friday.