In a wild match, VfL Bochum 1848 prevailed at newly promoted Würzburger Kickers 3-2 thanks to a fantastic last-minute save by Manuel Riemann. The lead changed hands three times before goals from Soma Novothny, Danilo Soares and Simon Zoller gave the Boys in (Light) Blue all three points.
While VfL head coach saw no reason to change his starting eleven compared to the 2-0 win over Aue, the hosts replaced Lotric and Ewerton by Douglas and Ronstadt.
The match got off to a spectacular start with Ridge Munsy scoring with the first shot of the match with just six minutes played and Anthony Losilla being booked only two minutes later. VfL Bochum now clawed their way back into the match with Soma Novothny narrowly missing a long diagonal ball by Danilo on 13 minutes. With the Bochum impetus seemingly flagging, it took an inspired interception by Novothny once more who got to the ball first and toe-poked it home underneath the keeper for his first-ever goal for VfL Bochum – 1-1.
It was a heavy blow tot he VfL Bochum match plan when head coach Reis felt forced to take off skipper Toto Losilla on 24 minutes with a second yellow card looming and indeed, the hosts seemd to be gining the upper hand now. Slighlty against the run of play, it was that man Novothny again who struck a sweet croos from the left to Zoller whos effort from six yards was blocked by Giefer but only for left-back Danilo Soares to belt the ball home for a VfL lead in the 33 minute.
It didn’t even take two minutes for Würzburger Kickers to equalise, though, when Riemann seemed to have punched a corner-kick clear of all danger only for Sontheimer to drill a low shot from 25 yards through a mass of players in the far corner. What a wild first half in an evenly-matched game at the Dallenberg stadium!
In comparison, the second half looked a more pedestrian affair with a deserved yellow card for Zoller’s foul on Feick one of the few highlights. In the 56 minute, Pantovic had a punt from distance but his promising shot was blocked for a corner.
Würzburg coach Antwerpen reacted first and introduced Toko in place of Hoffmann after 59 minutes with Thomas Reis following suit with the introduction of new attacking power in the shape of Silvère Ganvoula und Danny Blum for Novothny and Pantovic just five minutes later but it was the hosts who had the next chance from a shot by Kopacz which was saved by Riemann.
While Gamboa’s cross after 70 minutes failed to find a teammate, Eisfeld’s long ball to Ganvoula found Zoller running on to it. The Bochum forward bravely got his shot in despite being tackled and brought down by Feick and the ball found the Würzbug net on 73 minutes.
The referee now seemed intent on sanctioning Bochum fouls with yellow cards for Lampropoulos, Chibsah, Blum and Ganvoula compared to just one to a Würzburg player and Würzburg cranked up the pressure. After 79 minutes, Feick found himself in a great shooting position but Chibsah brought his foot to ball so that Riemann was able to pull off a flying save.
Down the other end, Ganvoula and Zoller put Eisfeld and Blum through but the latter played a pass into no-man’s land. VfL Bochum were now playing down the clock and could have been punished for it in the 92 minute when it was Feick again with a great low shot from inside the box but he saw Rieman dive and turn the ball away – what a save.
VfL Bochum take all three points and finish the day in second place with a home match against in-form Greuther Fürth coming up on Saturday. The match will be played in an empty ground due to coronavirus on Saturday, 7 November, but maybe that won’t be a disadvantage…
Thomas Reis (Head coach VfL Bochum 1848): I think we witnessed a typical 2nd Bundesliga clash, with all the tension it needs – until the final whistle, when Manuel Riemann secured the victory. We did not start into the match quite properly, we were not concetrated and consequently conceded the first goal. Anthony Losilla picked up a yellow card in an early stage of the game, we were pretty lucky that he was not forced to leave the pitch in the following minutes. I was aware that I hab to make a substitution. After that we got a grip on the game, even though the positioning did not work out that well yet. We knew that Würzburg we creating a risky build-up. And we waited for our chance. After a good tackle and getting possession we got back into the game. In the second half we showed a decent performance. We could cope a period with several dangerous efforts by the opposing side, after that we recorded three or four good scoring chances ourselves. Unfortunately, we could not find an unchallenged player, otherwise we could’ve sealed the deal much earlier. Würzburg gave their all to give us a rough time. We managed to score three goals away, that is why we can say, we racked up a deserved victory. Admittedly, at the last attack my heart missed a beat.
Marco Antwerpen (Head coach Würzburg Kickers): We took the lead and performed pretty well in this stage of the match. Weg ave Bochum a hard fight. We were aware that they are the better team in footballing terms and always have an excellent pass completion rate – so we were prepared. Accordingly our attacking play was often successful and we went ahead deservedly. We concede the equalizer and nothing had happened until then, Bochum did not have to do that much for that. Their second goal was a quite similar situation. The plan is to minimize the goals against us, otherwise you do not often have the chance to win the fixtures. The highlight was Bochum’s winner in the second half due to a positional error.
Danilo Soares (VfL Bochum 1848): It was quite a week for us. We managed to earn to wins in two following matches, which was important. I hope that we are able to continue this streak in the upcoming weeks as we still have numerous fixtures to play. In the 2nd Bundesliga you have to run and fight a lot, only then you’ll have a chance to win the games. And today we succeeded.
Soma Novothny (VfL Bochum 1848): I am so happy. Of course as we were able to win today. It was a great victory for us which we achieved by a lot of teamwork. But I’m also very happy about my goal. It was quite important to me to score in one of my first appearances for VfL. I hope that many more goals and assist will follow and we are able to continue with our strong team play.
Simon Zoller (VfL Bochum 1848): The first half was wild. We immediately conceded the equalizer that made it 2-2, very bitterly after a set-play. In the second half we gave our all. I was always attentive and a little lucky that the ball went into the far corner. We are a some good lads who – like today – can also rack up a narrow victory. I bet there are going to be several sides that will be losing some points here in Würzburg. It’s actually pretty nasty playing hier, which underlines the importance of today’s win.
Maxim Leitsch (VfL Bochum 1848): We knew that it’s going tob e anything but easy here in Würzburg. We concede an early goal, but are able to fight back and turn the game around. It was bitter to promptly conceding the equalizer. In the second half it was not our best performance, but we scored the winner and secured all three points.