Forssell scores final second equalizer
Bochum fought back late on Friday night to secure a 1-1 draw against SV Darmstadt 98. Romain Bregerie scored early for the visitors in front of 19,618 supporters at the rewirpowerSTADION. His header took an unlucky deflection off Michael Gregoritsch. Mikael Forssell struck very late from Andi Luthe’s header to even the result!
Both coaches made two changes to their starting XI. Stefano Celozzi returned from muscle problems and Fabian Holthaus gave his season debut for Bochum. They replaced Onur Bulut and the injured Timo Perthel. Leon Balogun and ex-Bochum midfielder Florian Jungwirth started in place of Marco Sailer and Sandro Sirigu for Darmstadt.
A lack of communication between Malcolm Cacutalua and Anthony Losilla resulted in the first chance of the match for Darmstadt. Tobias Kempe went straight for goal but was denied by Andreas Luthe. Darmstadt captain Aytac Sulu stopped Bochum’s first surge with a foul and was booked for that. Yusuke Tasaka shot the resulting free kick straight into the Darmstadt wall. Shortly after, the visitors took the lead. Bochum failed to clear the ball after a Darmstadt corner and Marcel Heller crossed again. Romain Bregerie headed it into Gregoritsch’s chest from where it deflected into the Bochum goal.
Darmstadt continued to threaten the Bochum goal. Heller’s shot went just high. Bochum then had a chance for the equalizer. Tasaka crossed a free kick into the box, where Terodde controlled the ball, got passed one defender and sent in a low ball. But Gregoritsch just missed the ball. Tasaka then had a chance of his own. Gregoritsch played a clever through ball but Tasaka fired straight at the keeper under pressure. It was the last chance in a first half where Bochum struggled to get into the game.
Head coach Peter Neururer consequently tried to change things at half time. Marco Terrazzino replaced Stanislav Sestak. Gregoritsch now played second striker. However, Darmstadt were more alert. Kempe took a shot but placed it right into Luthe’s arms. Bochum tried to push into Darmstadt’s half of the pitch but they could not create chances. Neururer introduced Tobias Weis and Mikael Forssell but Bochum still could not find a gap in a rock solid Darmstadt defence. The supporters would have to wait until the final second. Referee Hartmann had indicated four minutes of injury time. Bochum were awarded a final free kick. Bochum captain Andreas Luthe left his goal for this make-or-break moment. The goalkeeper got onto the second ball with a header and placed it at the feet of Mikael Forssell, who poked it past the Darmstadt keeper for his first goal for the club. After that it was a flood of celebrations. The match was not to be resumed and amazingly, Bochum finished their sixth home match of the season with another 1-1 draw.