1860 end VfL’s unbeaten run
Despite playing well, VfL were unable to keep the points in Bochum, going down 1-2 to 1860 Munich. Two headers by 1860’s Stahl and Adlung were enough to give Munich their first ever win in Bochum on this first Sunday in Advent. Yusuke Tasaka scored Bochum’s consolation goal in front of a 17,479 crowd.
Two tried and tested line-ups started the match in the rewirpowerSTADION. VfL head coach Peter Neururer selected the same side that defeated Bielefeld last week. The only changes were on the bench, with Heiko Butscher and Adnan Zahirovic replacing Onur Bulut and Fabian Holthaus. Munich coach Funkel selected the same side that beat Greuther Fürth on Monday evening.
The match got off to a tentative start. VfL were slightly more active although they were unable to create any real chances. Munich struck first with the very first dangerous attacking move of the match after six minutes. Adlung secured the ball on the right wing, threaded it through to Volz, whose cross to Stahl was headed accurately past Andi Luthe. However, VfL did not take long to recover from the setback. After half an hour, Tiffert had an effort saved by Kiraly, but Acquistapace was unable to get past two defenders with his drive. Then, Stoppelkamp saw his shot go high and wide at the other end before VfL gradually took control of play.
A series of VfL corners and free-kicks followed. Bastians shot wide after 23 minutes. Ilsö had his effort blocked. Bastian’s next free-kick attempt flew over the bar. Richard Sukuta-Pasu had the best chance up to that point, but his headed effort from a Tiffert cross flew narrowly wide. Munich seemed to be fending off the waves of Bochum attacks until Acquistapace won the ball and sent Bastians through the middle. His pass to Tasake was saved by Kiraly, but the rebound came back to the midfielder and he calmly stroked the ball into the empty net from five yards. That is how things stood until half-time.
Both teams returned unchanged for the second period. As in the first half, it took a while for either goal to be under any threat. In the 55th minute, Stahl headed straight into the arms of Andi Luthe, and Munich generally were more adventurous than in the first half, without penetrating a solid Bochum defence. VfL’s attacking endeavours were more promising. In the 60th minute, Tiffert’s delicate cross into the box was missed by Sukuta-Pasu, and Tasake was too surprised to take advantage of the opportunity. Seconds later, Freier was booked for the fifth time this season and will be out of the side for Friday’s away encounter in Karlsruhe. VfL were increasingly getting a grip of the match when Stoppelkamp’s headed ball from the left flew across the area and reached an unmarked Adlung, who easily nodded the ball into the Bochum net after 61 minutes.
Peter Neururer immediately responded and sent on Danny Latza and Mikan Aydin for Slawo Freier and Ken Ilsö. No sooner on the pitch and Aydin almost headed in the equalizer, but his effort from a Sukuta-Pasu cross flew agonizingly over the Munich bar. Things then got heated. Sukuta-Pasu forced his way into the Munich box, and tumbled as he tried to get past Schindler, but ref Siebert did not feel it merited a penalty.
Peter Neururer played his last card, putting on Piotr Cwielong for Jonas Acquistapace in the 72nd minute. 1860 coach Funkel also brought on a fresh pair of legs, replacing Lauth with Shou Bobby Wood. Jungwirth was booked for a foul on Stoppelkamp, his fifth of the campaign, which means he will also miss the Karlsruhe match. After that, the match lost some of its dynamism, with Munich withdrawing into their defensive shell and VfL not finding the means to break through. The final effort to draw level came two minutes from time, when Jungwirth’s cross from the right was slipped from Sukuta-Pasu to Cwielong, but he fired his shot wide. Three VfL records have now all come to an abrupt end: their unbeaten run of four games, their almost perfect home record against 1860, and not losing any of the last ten competitive matches against 1860.