It’s time for VfL’s first away trip of the new season. At least in the Bundesliga. This Saturday, we will be facing TSG Hoffenheim away from home. An opponent we enjoyed playing against last season as we won both encounters. Will we continue this series? We don’t know. But we know a little bit about Hoffenheim, and as usual we present that in our LOOK AHEAD:
TSG haven’t really got rolling so far. In the DFB-Pokal, they racked up a 2-0 win against SV Rödinghausen, but they had to go into extra time against the regional league team. It was not until the 115th minute that new signing Ozan Kabak finally scored the opener for new manager Breitenreiter’s team. It is quite likely that Kabak will also get his chance to make his first home appearance this Saturday. Skipper Benjamin Hübner made his comeback after a long injury break but must take a break again and won’t be fit to play against us. Kabak is certainly one of the new signings with the beast chances to play regularly in the future. Another is Grischa Prömel, also a cup goal scorer for TSG. The highly talented midfielder has returned to his former youth club after seven years and should play a central role in the team of our upcoming opponent. Unfortunately, we know that he can score. Still wearing the Union Berlin shirt, he scored against us at the last matchday of the last season. Most recently, the Kraichgauer signed the defensive players Angelino (RB Leipzig) and Stanley Nsoki (FC Brugge), – certainly high potential players. But they also had to let top quality players go – David Raum is of course the most prominent player on the list. The German international joined Champions League club RB Leipzig after a strong season. There is also the loss of Florian Grillitsch, whose contract expired in the summer. There is one we don't want to forget, and that is Kostas Stafylidis. The left-back is now a permanent player with us, much to the delight of the blue and white fan community.
André Breitenreiter is back in the Bundesliga. The native of Lower Saxony left German professional football at the beginning of 2019 when things went nowhere for him at Hannover. It took over two years for the former striker to return to the main stage. Not in Germany, but in Switzerland. The comeback was a success, and in a big way. With FC Zurich, Breitenreiter became Swiss champion, the first national title since 2009. Sensational performance, which also put the head coach (back) in the spotlight. After the pre-season, Sebastian Hoeneß and Hoffenheim went separate ways, and a new head coach was to be found. Breitenreiter, who had already proven himself in the Bundesliga with SC Paderborn and Schalke, was quickly chosen. Now it was Sinsheim. Thomas Reis, who once played with Breitenreiter in the junior national team, was delighted and has followed his former teammate's progress to this day. Breitenreiter played three times against VfL so far. First in the DFB-Pokal with TSV Havelse, then twice a manager of SC Paderborn. Two of these encounters ended in defeat for Breitenreiter. So, on Saturday, it's also a question of not improving the opposing coach's record.
Talking about facts and figures. There have been six encounters of VfL Bochum 1848 and TSG Hoffenheim to the day. All matches took place in the Bundesliga. So there have been a couple of years, where we might not have met. Our first away match in Sinsheim was in 2009 – a 3-0 win, with Stanislav Sestak scoring all three goals. After no less than 11.5 years, it wasn’t until last season that we were back in competitive action. And just look at that, the team from South Germany were particularly convenient for us in the recent past. Both games ended in VfL's favour. Away from home, it was Takuma Asano’s big day, as he scored both goals in the 2-1 win. A repeat? With pleasure!
VfL were close to their first point in the current season, but things finally did not work out. The lads gave in to TSG Hoffenheim with a 3-2 away loss. Simon Zoller’s brace put Bochum in front before Baumgartner and Kabak levelled the score. With two minutes to go Dabbur nodded home for Hoffenheim’s victory.
The first match of the season was dealt with, fully focussed on the upcoming fixture. In the first away game of the campaign VfL Bochum 1848 were travelling to Hoffenheim. A 17,005 crowd in the PreZero Arena attended the match. Head coach Thomas Reis made three changes to the starting line-up compared to last week’s game against Mainz. New signing Dominique Heintz immediately found himself in the first eleven, just like Jordi Osei-Tutu and Saidy Janko. Konstantinos Stafylidis and Gerrit Holtmann were sidelined and therefore not able to play.
That’s how the game went:
1´ Kick-off: Let’s go, lads!
1´ Hoffenheim kicks off and try to attack, Toto fouls Baumgartner.
2´ Angelinos freekick is does not lead to a dangerous scene.
2´ First effort by VfL. Hofmann shoots from a 20 metre distance, straight onto the keeper, but a first warning!
5´ Almost the next chance when Gamboa plays a long ball, Hofmann flicks on. Zoller trys to play a quick through ball to Asano, but it’s an improper pass.
6´ First corner for VfL.
6´ Corner kick by Stöger. No danger at all, but we are still in possession.
8´ Remarkable attacking play by the lads! Stöger assists for Zoller, whose attempt is blocked unfortunately.
10´ GOOOAL for VfL! Zolli scored! Brilliant play! Stöger plays an excellent cross to the far post, Hofmann lays off via head for Zolli, who slots home clinically! We are in the lead! Bochum 1, Hoffenheim 0.
12´ Next GOOOAL for VfL! Again it’s Zolli! What’s going on here?! Another sharp cross from Stöger, Zolli starts in the very right moment and extends the lead! Incredible! Bochum 2, Hoffenheim 0.
14´ Seems like a wild afternoon. TSG pull one back, Baumgartner scores. It’s 2-1.
18´ Approximately 20 minutes played, take a breath. Three early goals, two of them by Zolli, that’s quite decent.
19´ Gamboa fires onto the goal from about 30 metres. – but you cannot always succeed like when he scored his wonder goal against Bayern this February.
22´ Hoffenheim now manage to come more and more into play. Riemann can clear Skov’s effort for a corner kick.
22´ It‘ 2:2. Kabak heads home for the equaliser. Heads up, lads!
26´ Freekick by Stöger, again it‘s Zolli waiting to score, but offside this time.
29´ Osei-Tutu makes his way from the right wing position into the centre, but his shot is saved by Baumann.
33´ Nsoki shot from a 35 metre distance is cleared by Riemann for a corner kick.
34´ Prömel is unchallenged, but his ball missest he target by a whisker.
35´ Best stage of the home side now. We need to watch out not to fall behind.
40´ Could cope with the situation – now we‘re back in the game. Osei-Tutu sidesteps three Hoffenheim players, but is finally stopped by Vogt.
45´ What a pity! Zolli is nearly unstoppable by Hoffenheim’s defence, always findin some space. Next chance with a heade, but this time Baumann can save.
Half-time: Troubled first half. Amazing early stage from VfL‘s point of view with two goals from Zolli. But in the following minutes TSG got better into play consequently managed to level. Further good chances on either side, anything’s possible in the second half.
46´ Kick-off, the match continues. Substitution for TSG, Akpoguma replaces Nsoki, while there are no changes in VfL’s line-up.
49´ Zolli is in great shape today! Next opportunity, nice assist by Asano. Narrow angle, so the ball does not find its way into the net.
52´ Substitution for Hoffenheim.Vogt is injured, Kaderabek is sent on.
58´ Penalty for Hoffenheim. Baumgartner is making his way into the box, Toto grabs his jersey – correct decision.
59´ Riemann saves!!! He hält!! Kramaric goes for the left corner, Riemann is on wide awake and clears! That was so important!! The score remains 2-2!
60´ Chances to score at least one point are still there.
63´ Great attacking play by VfL. Osei-Tutu seems unstoppable when he picks up the pace, Zolli centres the ball, but it’s blocked.
64´ Two corners from Hoffenheim, both are defended properly.
65´ It’s back and forth. Asano is about to put his team in front again, but corner kick.
67´ Asano is up and away on the right wing and can only be stopped by Akpoguma with a tactical foul – freekick and yellow card.
68´ Freekick from Stöger. He trys it from a narrow angle, but the ball goes wide.
72´ Riemann, Riemann, Riemann! Dynamite freekick from Skov, but Riemann flys into the corner and is able to save. And he even manages to save Skov’s rebound!
72´ Heintz is replaced by Lampropoulos, first substitution by VfL. Remarkable debut, Dominique!
76´ Another two substitutions. Förster in, Asano out. Further more, Mašović is sent on for Osei-Tutu.
78´ It’s so important to fight for at least one point.
83´ Riemann saves another shot. Not too long to go and one point is ours, lads!
88´ Goal for Hoffenheim. Dabbur bags the goal that makes it 3-2 for TSG.
90‘ Bitter course of the game. But there are still five minutes left in the additional time! Ganvoula is substituted immediately after the goals against us.
90‘+3 Riemann keeps waiting at the halfway line, repeatedly playin long passes into the box.
Full-time: A late defeat in Sinsheim.TSG Hoffenheim win the match after a late goal from Dabbur. Bochum were close to score their first point this season, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Eight days until our next fixture. On Sunday we welcome the German record champion Bayern Munich! (Sunday, 21st August, 17:30 CET). Let’s hope for another football miracle!
VfL Bochum 1848: Riemann – Janko, Heintz (72‘ Lampropoulos), Ordets, Gamboa, Stöger, Losilla, Zoller, Asano (76‘ Förster), Osei-Tutu (76‘ Mašović), Hofmann
Goals: 0:1 Zoller (10‘), 0:2 Zoller (12‘), 1:2 Baumgartner (14‘), 2:2 Kabak (22‘), 3:2 Dabbur (88‘)
Thomas Reis (Head Coach VfL Bochum 1848): It's a bitter defeat. We got off to a good start, with the early 2-0 lead behind us we wanted to take the air out of Hoffenheim. Unfortunately, we conceded the goals too quickly and too easily. We knew that Hoffenheim had huge quality in terms of soccer, but we still held up well. Our new personnel also presented themselves well, so I'm definitely happy with that. In the end, you don't wish to lose by two standard goals, that's bitter. The frustration is great, but I saw many better things than against Mainz.
André Breitenreiter (head coach TSG Hoffenheim): After 20 minutes, I didn't believe that we would leave the pitch as winners today. We were well prepared for Bochum, knew that they operate a lot with long balls. But twice we didn't defend it well. We were too passive, that's not how we want to play soccer. After that, we showed a different face, the guys believed in themselves and followed the clear plan.
Philipp Hofmann: It's difficult to find words. From a feeling point of view, we played a good game. But in the end, it's just too cheap. We started really well, wanted to be compact and lurk for our chances. Then we conceded the goals too quickly. We didn't work specifically on standards, the allocation just didn't fit at that moment. We should have taken the draw with us.
Simon Zoller: We played a good game over 90 minutes. In the end, it's similar to last week against Mainz. We lose by conceding a goal after a standard, and that can't be allowed to happen. In the end, we don't reward ourselves for the effort we put in. It's very, very annoying. It cost us points. But we see that we can keep up. We can be nasty and march.
Kevin Stöger: It's annoying to lose in this way. When you take a 2-0 lead and that early, you have to take at least a point at the end. We already experienced against Mainz that we lose by a standard, now again, we have to work on that. In the second half, we still had one or two opportunities, but in the end it was too little to take something with us.