The first three points have been bagged! The VfL Bochum 1848 secured victory after a great fight in the Ruhr derby against MSV Duisburg. Sidney Sam put the Blue-White in the lead with a free-kick after a goalless first half (55'). Ten minutes later, the new signing Silveré Ganvoula extended the lead with a marvelous header for the Dutt team (65'). In the remaining 20 minutes the VfL were one man down - Sam received a red card, but the team fought hard to hang on to the much-celebrated away win!
Ruhr derby in Duisburg! On Saturday afternoon, the MSV Zebras hosted VfL Bochum, as they did on the second matchday of the previous season, when the sides drew 1-1. In comparison with the season opener against 1. FC Köln VfL head coach Robin Dutt changed his starting eleven on one position, captain Stefano Celozzi returned for Jan Gyamerah in the defensive chain. There was also a change in the 18-man squad, Johannes Wurtz had to make way for Tom Weilandt. MSV coach Ilia Gruev changed his first team on two positions following the 1-0 defeat at SG Dynamo Dresden: Stanislav Iljutcenko replaced John Verhoek as centre forward, while Dustin Bomheuer replaced Cauly Souza Oliveira in the back.
The beginning of the Ruhr duel was characterised by a fantastic atmosphere in the stands and a somewhat restrained start on the pitch. The VfL in the green away kits were in command and had more possession, but initially could not develop any offensive drive. So, it took until the 13th minute, before the first attempt on goal was made - however, by the MSV. A low long-range shot was saved by Manuel Riemann. The resulting corner came to nothing. After a quarter of an hour there was brief disorder in the VfL defensive line, but Soares and Leitsch could clear together at the expense of a corner. Then, the Zebras took the initiative and created another opportunity to score. After a cross over to the second post an MSV attacker passed the ball to Lukas Fröde, but his volley landed in the arms of Riemann. Even after 26 minutes, the Dutt team still waited for their first attempt on goal, while the MSV approached the VfL goal time and again – a long-range shot from Boris Tashchy was well wide of the crossbar though.
It was only in the 30th minute when real danger was created in front of the MSV goal: Soares stole the ball and Losilla drove the ball through midfield and then gave Pantovic the chance to score. The newcomer circled keeper Daniel Davari, but was pushed too far to the byline, so that the ball in from the winger could be cleared to a corner. Next, it was the Zebras again (33') when Stoppelkamp pushed through the middle and got a shot on target that was comfortably saved by Riemann. Minutes later Stoppelkamp was in the spotlight again: After a free kick from Sam had been blocked, the MSV mounted a quick counterattack and the player with the number 33 couldn’t get his shot on target (38'). Only a minute later Stoppelkamp’s third attempt followed, this time the ball rushed just past the post. Until the break it then remained quiet in front of both goals.
Robin Dutt wanted to have more vigour on the attack in the second 45 minutes, so Milos Pantovic was replaced by Silvère Ganvoula. But again, the first opportunity was created by the Zebras: After a cross from the right half field Hoogland miscalculated, so Boris Tashchy headed the ball from close range, but couldn’t beat Riemann either (48 ’). Seven minutes into the second half, Oliveira Souza tried from a distance, but his feeble shot was picked up by the VfL keeper. Only a minute later, there was commotion near the MSV penalty area: After a foul on Danilo Soares, the hosts protested vehemently, but referee Dingert stuck with his opinion. So, Sidney Sam got the opportunity for a direct free kick - and converted it with a curling ball right through the wall (55‘)! Three minutes later the hosts almost equalized when Oliveira Souza was unmarked but sent his shot well past the post from a promising position.
Of course, Duisburg now stepped up the pressure and got a double chance after 60 minutes: First, an attempt from Tashchy was blocked to a corner. The corner kick found Fröde’s head, but the header went well over the crossbar. Ten minutes after the first goal, the Dutt team was able to extend their lead - and it was the new signing Ganvoula who scored the goal! Soares crossed the ball into the middle, where the Congolese newcomer rose highest and headed the ball powerfully at the back of the net (65 ‘)! Shortly afterwards, Sidney Sam weakened his own side. He was sent straight off the pitch for violent conduct. So, for the last 20 minutes the VfL were one man down and the hosts continued to increase the pressure. But the Dutt team played cleverly, keeping possession and having the Duisburg players chase the ball.
The greatest opportunity then came in the 79th minute. After a free kick was cleared, Gerrit Nauber drove a long-distance volley into the Duisburg sky. Five minutes before the end of the match the VfL had to take a deep breath: A cross came into the penalty area and Fröde managed to get to the ball, but in the end two Bochum legs interfered decisively, and so it was only goal kick for Riemann. In the final phase, the Zebras pulled all the stops, but no real danger was created in VfL penalty box. A curling ball from Stoppelkamp in injury time also missed the target. And thus the away win was sealed.
Bochum’s next match will be the first round of the DFB-Cup on Sunday where the team will face the Regionalliga side SC Weiche Flensburg 08 from the far north in an away game.
Robin Dutt (manager VfL Bochum 1848): “In the first half, we did not perform as we are used to and hoped for. It was a very physical match and Duisburg appeared to be the better team in the fights for the second balls. I think that we had a bit of luck to not fall behind in the first half. We changed our tactical formation to a 4-4-2 in the second half and more and more got into the game. We won the balls and had our chances via counter-attacks. Following the 2-0 and the sending off, the roles were clearly defined: we had to defend with eight players and a lone striker upfront while Duisburg were pushing forward. We knew that situation very well from the match last week. Except for two or three situations, the lads did a great job and secured the win in the end. It was a hard nut to crack but nevertheless, this win is massively important for us.”
Ilia Gruev (manager MSV Duisburg): “I fully agree with my very experienced colleague. It’s a pity that the huge efforts we made, did not pay off in the end. We fell behind after a free kick that we didn’t defend well. In the following, it became more and more difficult for us. Apart from this, we had a good number of chances to score ourselves before this setback. Unfortunately we weren’t able to convert one the opportunities. In the end, it’s like I said before: we made huge efforts but did not reward ourselves for them.”
Lukas Hinterseer (VfL Bochum 1848): “The first half lacked clear chances on either side of the pitch. Both teams made a large number of errors in the playmaking, which lead to a very unattractive match. Then we were able to gain the lead, although we have to admit that Sidney’s goal might have been a bit lucky. But luck is what you need from time to time. In contrast, the 2-0 was the result of a splendid attack and perfectly converted by Silvère. The red card must not happen to us, as you simply need to keep cool in situations like that. Consequently, we came under pressure again as the opponents pushed forward. Luckily, Duisburg were not able to hit back and we secured the three points in the end.”
Silvère Ganvoula (VfL Bochum 1848): “Unfortunately, my family didn’t make it to the stands today – that would have made my goal even more special. Anyway, I’m absolutely delighted and very happy to have scored my first goal for my new team. I really strived for it today and I’m very proud of it. Already before the goal I witnessed that Danilo was unmarked on the flank and therefore positioned in the centre and prepared for the cross. It was an important goal for the team, that’s also why my celebration was that emotional.”
Maxim Leitsch (VfL Bochum 1848): “Indeed, it was not a very good performance of us today but in the end, the three points are what counts most. We deserved them, as we fought hard for it in the dying minutes of the game. In the first half, our game was too one-dimensional as we tried to play way too many long balls. To win the first match after my contract extension makes it a perfect week for me. That makes me very happy.”
Anthony Losilla (VfL Bochum 1848): “For long periods, we did not find a way into the game and didn’t play very well. Especially due to the defeat in the opening game, it was very important to win today. That did work out well in the end. I completely missed the situation with Sidney but according to others, he was accused of having pushed his opponent. That we fought for every ball and tried everything possible in the aftermath was the key factor today. We have to keep to this path, especially, as there is a difficult cup match waiting for us next week.”