Despite a promising start, VfL Bochum 1848 had to concede defeat at the end of their match at Aue due to a headed goal by Bussman from a corner-kick in the 30 minute. Bochum piled on the pressure in the second half but despite coming close in hitting the aluminium twice proved unable to score.
Head coach Thomas Reis stuck with the winning team from the Braunschweig match with Danny Blum making a welcome return from injury to the squad.
After just four minutes, Holtmann made a penetrating run hitting a great shot at full speed and leaving goalkeeper Männel rooted to the spot but he saw the ball hit the left post and bounce clear. So near and yet so far!
It took VfL Bochum less than sixty seconds to create another great opportunity with Zulj hitting a curling cross towards the far post, which beat the goalkeeper and defenders but Tesche could not connect with it properly on yard out ballooning it over the bar in the process. In the 7 minute it was holding midfielder Tesche again who broke forward and let fly but directed his effort straight at Männel.
Erzgebirge Aue fought their way back into the match now by winning the majority of midfield duels and on 15 minutes Riemann could only punch a ball as far as Nazarov who missed from a narrow angle. After 21 minutes, Fandrich was not put under pressure 22 yards from goal and aimed a bending effort towards the top right corner but Riemann pushed it wide in a great flying save.
Aue had the upper hand cleverly taking shots from distance like Hochscheidt whose looping effort forced another brilliant save from Manu Riemann but it took a header by Bussmann from a corner to give the hosts the lead after 30 minutes.
At half-time, Silvere Ganvoula replaced Bockhorn but Aue stayed in the driving seat with Krüger’s bouncing shot testing Riemann once more after 57 minutes. A minute later, Danny Blum was sent on for Zoller by Thomas Reis, and Pantovic replaced Holtmann ten minutes later.
In the 69 minute Ganvoula won the ball in the Aue box but his pass was intercepted and five minutes later Ganvoula outjumped two defenders but his header rebounded off the crossbar.
After 79 minutes Pantovic crossed from the right but Ganvoula’s sliding effort went wide of the far post and just three minutes later Männel fumbled a high cross for Pantovic to reach it first and direct it towards goal with an outstretched leg only to see it scraped off the line.
Thanks to Zolinski’s gamesmanship, Leitsch is the second Bochum player after Gamboa to be shown in this match but it was the central defender who almost put VfL Bochum level with a last-gasp shot from 18 yards – saved again by Männel.
A disappointing result against a determined Aue team on a deep pitch still leaves VfL Bochum 1848 near the top of the table requiring a reaction in our next match vs Würzburger Kickers on Saturday, 27 February, at 1:00 pm.
Thomas Reis (manager VfL Bochum 1848): Congrats to my colleague Dirk Schuster on the win. Congratulations also to Martin Männel on his jubilee. We actually started quite well into the game today. We had the feeling that we easily could have been 2-0 up here. But then we played Aue into their cards. They broke free again and again and got on the second balls. We were no longer able to switch quickly. I’m particularly not satisfied with my attacking players’ performance. We simply missed to keep on playing football. The game was more open after the break. Aue still had a huge double chance but luckily, Manu was on the spot. We improved in the following and had a bit of depth in our game, but we made too many wrong decisions. Still, because of the chances in the second half, it’s a lost point. It is what it is. The defeat today hurts.
Dirk Schuster (manager Erzgebirge Aue): Thanks for the congratulations. I saw the game similarly to Thomas. It was an intense level. The game started better for Bochum as we had our problems to get into it. It took us ten minutes to manage it better tactically. For example, we managed to stop Danilo Soares, probably the best left back in the league, to have an impact on the game. That paid off. We were physically present and also got the second balls. We even could have extended our lead. But also, VfL had their chances to score. That’s why I think that it was a lucky win for us. I can understand Thomas’ disappointment to come away empty-handed after a game like that. I’m just happy that the team achieved this result with a lot of fighting spirit.
Anthony Losilla (VfL Bochum 1848): We started very well into the first half. Aue were only waiting for us to make mistakes and we simply lost the ball much too often. They did very well with their counterattacks. Of course, the goal after a set-piece did hurt. We knew that it would be tough to come back here once you fell behind. We tried everything in the second half but unfortunately it didn’t pay off. The decisive pass was missing, and we simply took the wrong decisions when we were upfront. That’s why we didn’t manage to score today. Unfortunately, that’s how it is sometimes. Now we have to look ahead quickly. We have shown many times this season that we have a good mentality. We must not see everything too negatively now. Instead, we want to get right back up and gain the three points next week.
Danny Blum (VfL Bochum 1848): I think we made the mistake to let Aue control the game. We got involved in an open exchange of blows. That’s actually hard to understand, because we had clear tactical plans how we wanted to play against them. We didn’t really need to get involved in that pattern. We’ve been playing clear football so far this season, and we lacked that in the first half. Of course, that played Aue into their cards and was also the key to their success today. You can see that there are spaces for us when we control the ball, play it on the flanks and go deep. That’s also how we created a number of good chances today. But in the end, all his was simply not enough. Through sloppy passes we invited the opponents to create chances and that’s also how the set-piece before the 1-0 evolved. The league is very tight, anyone can win against anyone. Being the league leader doesn’t matter at this point, we have to concentrate on getting the points to stay in the top group. We didn’t manage that today. Now we have to wipe our mouths and do better next week what we failed to do today.