After another sobering defeat, Kiel by the Baltic Sea stays one of those destinations not really worth the effort of travelling for VfL Bochum 1848. In a match they controlled for more than an hour, Bochum came back from falling behind to a soft penalty, but a double whammy of goals in the 64 and 65 minute sealed the match for the hosts.
Head coach Thomas Reis stuck with his successful line-up from the defeats of Hamburg SV and Fortuna Düsseldorf, and his team started with confidence. After 13 minutes Bella-Kotchap carried the ball down the right, released Gamboa who beat two defenders before crossing to Zulj who lost his footing and pulled his shot wide.
Another good chance fell to Bochum with Soares crossing to Zoller whose effort just missed the left post after 16 minutes. And just four minutes later, it should have been the lead for us when Gerrit Holtmann outran several defenders on the break and tried to pick Zoller only for Kiel goalie Gelios to intercept his cross. On 21 minutes, Holtmann took a shot himself and saw Gelios spill the ball only for the keeper to recover possession.
But on 29 minutes, Kiel took the lead totally against the run of play after ball accidentally hit the arm of Armel Bella-Kotchap. Mühling converted the penalty for an undeserved 1-0 lead.
But VfL Bochum hit back straightaway when they won the second ball after a corner was cleared. Soares hit the ball back into the box where Leitsch drove a low ball into the centre for Zoller to slide in and score – 1-1!
In the second half, VfL Bochum stayed in the driving seat and after 53 minutes, there was another chance with Holtmann again beating two defenders before crossing but Zoller failing to connect. Just two minutes later, it was Holtmann again who brilliantly controlled a long ball by Blum before seeing his low shot blocked by Gelios.
Mees coming on for Reese for Holstein Kiel after 58 minutes seemed to change the run of play and certainly ignited Lee’s performance, and it took the hosts just five minutes to take the lead from a goal by Bartels after Serra’s assist. And not even sixty seconds later, Lee converted a low cross from the right for a two-goal lead.
Reis now threw on Ganvoula for the active Holtmann and Eisfeld for Tesche but a long range effort by Blum and a missed shot from Ganvoula were all his team had to show for their efforts. Down the other end, Kiel came close to scoring several times with Lee hitting the inside of the post after 72 minutes and Riemann denying Serra.
With ten minutes left, Bockhorn came on in place of Blum and needed just two minutes to come close but it wasn’t to be on a disappointing night when VfL Bochum lost a match they seemed well in control of.
Thomas Reis (manager VfL Bochum 1848): Congrats to my colleague Ole. Looking at the way the match went this defeat is extremely disappointing. We created a number of decent chances in the first half. First Zolli misses the goal then we have to be more clinical and cleverer in a two-on-one situation. Our positional play was good, we attacked early and intercepted the deep runs. So, they didn’t have clear chances. Then we fall behind by a penalty. Nobody really noticed it in the game itself but when the VR says so, then it must have been the case. We showed a good reaction afterwards and were right back in the game. We also started well into the second half and had a good chance to even take the lead. Out of nowhere we then gave away the entire match within one minute and now we have to head back home as losers. We had one or two chances to get back into the game and taking the entire 90 minutes into account, we probably should not have to lose the game. We also knew that we must not allow Kiel to play out their dangerous counter attacks. It’s very annoying that we lost today but when you concede three goals you should not complain about losing the game.
Ole Werner (manager Holstein Kiel): I see the course of the game in a similar way. We were not satisfied with the first half. We were too passive when we had the ball. In the end, the draw at half-time was lucky for us. Even in the second half we struggled to cope with the pressure at first but then we found into the game much better. In a short time, we made consistent use of our chances. In the final stages, we defended it properly.
Danny Blum: I think it was an even match today. We literally fooled ourselves with the 1-2. In the following, we lost our grip. We concede two goals in one minute – that was a neck blow and decided the match. That’s the way it is in football – sometimes you win the 50:50-games and sometimes you lose. We now have to analyze the match, work it up and draw our conclusions from it. Now we have to regenerate and make it better against Paderborn on home soil next week.
Gerrit Holtmann: It was an intensive match today. We should have led 2-0 in the first half already. Zolli had a decent chance and so had I when I tried to put the ball across. Then, all of a sudden, Kiel are in the lead thanks to a penalty, but we manage to strike back immediately. In the second half, I clearly should have scored the 2-1. A number of small mistakes then led to Kiel’s second goal. The same goes for their third goal. We must avoid mistakes like this as they are very often immediately penalised in this league. We lost our grip after that and consequently lost the game.