4. Matchday

Eintracht Braunschweig
2: 1
VfL Bochum 1848VfL Bochum 1848

Sa,  17.10.202013:00 2. Bundesliga

Despite being 1-0 up on five minutes and playing 11 versus 10 for the final half-hour, VfL Bochum 1848 will have to travel back from their away match with Eintracht Braunschweig without anything to show for. Simon Zoller’s lead was cancelled out by goals of Fabio Kaufmann and Nick Proschwitz to vive the hosts their first Bundesliga 2 win in well over two years.

VfL Bochum took the initiative and they didn’t have to wait long for their reward when Zulj drove a low cross from the left for Simon Zoller to run on to and nutmeg former Bochum player Felix Dornebusch. A great start to the game for the visitors!

Just six minutes later, Losilla an Zulj linked up in midfield before passing the ball wide to Blum who in turn crossed towards Zulj but the playmaker’s glancing header went just wide. In the 14 minute, it was Blum who dribbled into the box from the wing again before having a go, but Dornebusch saved.

Eintracht gradually clawed their way back into the match and it did not take them long to equalise when Kobylanski stayed in possession despite Lampropoulos challenging him before leaving the ball to Kaufmann who hit a low shot in the far corner of the VfL goal. 1-1 after 23 minutes.

On 29 minutes, Dornebusch punched a long cross only as far as Gamboa who let fly from about 30 yards but saw his effort blocked in the box. The referee waved play on – no handball.

Four minutes later, Leitsch got to the ball from a Bochum corner and passed it towards the edge of the box from where Losilla tried to lob the goalie but his effort went over the bar.

Down the other end, Eintracht had two near-identical situations when Ben Balla carried the ball through midfield but his shot from 18 yards was too tame before Kobylanski did much better but his effort zoomed past the past.

Eintracht kept up the pressure after the break and went close when Riemann missed a corner-kick for the ball to find Nikolaou but the latter was judged to have committed a foul on a defender – a narrow escape for the away team.

It took VfL a good ten minutes after the interval to come forward again when Blum drew a foul by Nikolaou in a central position for a yellow card to the defender and a VfL free-kick which came to nothing.

On the hour, it was a red card to Eintracht keeper Dornebusch who blocked a long ball chased by Ganvoula outside his box with his arm and it was 10 against 11 from then on.

On 67 minutes, Kroos almost caught Riemann off his guard with a shot from the half-way line which resulted in a corner-kick to the hosts. The ball was met in the air by veteran striker Proschwitz who powerfully headed in for the Braunschweig lead. That was completely unnecessary!

VfL head coach Thomas Reis threw Novothny, Pantovic and Eisfeld on for additional attacking power for the last fifteen minutes and his team got close when Eisfeld played a neat little through ball to Novothny who let fly with his left foot from about ten yards but substitute keeper Fejzic brought his arm up in an explosive reaction to block the ball.

Six minutes added time was awarded but it could, and maybe should, have been twice that with the hosts running down the clock. Braunschweig defended with determination and the referee ended the match with no further additions for an utterly disappointing first defeat of the season for VfL Bochum.

Thomas Reis (manager VfL Bochum 1848): Congrats to Daniel and his team. We played well in the first 15 minutes and managed to play as we intended to do. We wanted to attack our opponents early. We then deservedly scored the opener but lost control of the match in the following as we didn’t have a good positioning. Braunschweig waited for us to make mistakes and to counterattack. Unfortunately, this worked out well for them when they scored the equalizer. We didn’t defend well in this situation. During the break we decided to play more football again as we made our opponents stronger by playing sloppy passes. Then this odd red card happened. We wanted to be fair sportsmen: my lads tried to convince the ref to change his decision, but it was a strict interpretation of the rules. I don’t think that Silvère did it on purpose. The least thing we could do was to give away the following free kick. I’m very disappointed about the way we played after the sending off for Braunschweig. The plan was to play creative but instead we tried to operate with long balls much too often. In the end, the win for Braunschweig is anything not undeserved at all.

Anthony Losilla (VfL Bochum 1848): From my point of view, we didn’t start too badly and were in control. We scored an early opener but then our opponents had a bit of luck to get back into the game. Before that, Braunschweig didn’t have a chance but after the equaliser we fully lost our grip and made easy mistakes. It’s massively frustrating as I’m convinced that we have been the better team and had more quality in our lines. We clearly gave away the points today.

Simon Zoller (VfL Bochum 1848): I think that we played well in the first half – at least until we conceded the 1-1. We lost the thread a little after the goal and were lucky to go into the break without another goal against us. We wanted to do things better in the second half by changing a couple of small things. Then the red card situation happened and following that Braunschweig were clearly in control. We didn’t find a solution to create any more decent goalscoring opportunities. After all, we lost deservedly.

Simon Zoller on the red card: I passed the ball to my opponent after a foul as a fair play action. I think Silvère misjudged the situation. What followed was very unlucky. We tried everything to persuade the ref to revoke the red card, but he wasn’t allowed to do so.