6. Matchday

FC Schalke 04FC Schalke 04
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VfL Bochum 1848VfL Bochum 1848

Sa,  10.09.202218:30 Bundesliga

It’s been twelve and a half years since the last fixture between VfL and the Royal Blues. After both sides are back playing Bundesliga football again – while VfL returned one year ago, Schalke were promoted last summer – the crunch time has come again. Let’s LOOK AHEAD to #S04BOC:

THE TEAM

Some things have changed in the neighbouring city. In contrast to the second promoted side, Werder Bremen, the squad has altered quite a lot. That already starts on the goalkeeper position. Alexander Schwolow joined from Hertha Berlin. There are several young talents like Sepp van den Berg (20, Liverpool), Leo Greiml (21, Rapid Wien) or Tom Krauß (21, Leipzig), but also experienced new signings Maya Yoshida (33, Sampdoria), Florent Mollet (30, Montpellier) or a certain Sebastian Polter (31). On Deadline-Day Schalke signed Kenan Karaman (Besiktas). Further well-known new signings are Axel Kral and Jordan Larsson (both Spartak Moskau). Numerous changes as you can see... But the new set-up hasn’t worked out properly yet. S04 have scored three points so far, like us, they’re still eager for their first victory this season. Even two experienced ex-Bochum players meanwhile find themselves in the Schalke squad: striker Simon Terodde and skipper Danny Latza.
 
THE HEAD COACH

Frank Kramer is new to Gelsenkirchen. The head coach was sacked at the later relegated club Arminia Bielefeld last April. The 50-year-old can look back on a wide-ranging experience as he worked as a head coach for several clubs, such as Fürth, Düsseldorf, Hoffenheim, Bielefeld and now Schalke. In the meantime, he was responsible for different youth sides of the German national team as well, moreover, before his time in Bielefeld, he worked as a youth coordinator and coach for RB Salzburg. The native of Memmingen is still waiting for his first league win with S04. In the German cup competition Schalke succeeded 5-0 against lowe league club Bremer SV.
 
THE RECORD

It’s a match with an explosive character. The Vonovia Ruhrstadion and the Veltins Arena are only a few Kilometres apart from each other. If you start early enough, you can even travel by foot to our upcoming away game. There have been 58 Bundesliga fixtures between VfL and S04, the last one took place in 2010. The record is in favour of Schalke, but there have been some remarkable VfL victories. Unforgotten the 2-1 win back in 2007, when afterwards the local bar district Bermuda3Eck was crowded and the whole city was celebrating. Or the 6-0 away victory in the 1980/81 season – our highest away victory in the Bundesliga ever, at the same time Schalke’s highest Bundesliga home defeat. At VfL’s last win over Schalke, that was in 2009, Patrick Fabian made his Bundesliga debut, when he was sent on in the closing phase. This clash has always been promising a real spectacle – and that’s what we’re also looking forward to this Saturday night!

VfL Bochum 1848 missed out on their first points again on the sixth matchday of this Bundesliga season. Thomas Reis' team was beaten 3-1 by FC Schalke 04. It was an evenly matched game in which Schalke had luck on their side.

Ruhr derby. After the unfortunate home defeat against SV Werder Bremen, VfL popped over to the Veltins Arena. Head coach Thomas Reis made two changes compared to the game against Bremen. Danilo Soares returned after a long injury lay-off, while Jordi Osei-Tutu remained on the bench. Philipp Hofmann also came into the team in place of Gerrit Holtmann.
 
This is how the game went:
 
1' The ball is rolling. Let's go, VfL!
 
2' Asano is on the ground but can continue to play for the time being.
 
4' Not a good start for our Japanese player, there has to be the first substitution - bitter. Holtmann comes on for Asano.
 
7' First big chance for Terodde, he takes a shot in the penalty area. Riemann is in the right place.
 
9' Yellow card for VfL's Simon Zoller.
 
12' Holtmann wins the first corner. Long cross into the penalty box, Lampropoulos takes the shot. Unfortunately over the bar.
15' Chance for Schalke, but Masovic is on his guard! Important!
 
17' Dangerous situation in front of the VfL goal. Riemann rushes out and secures the ball.
 
18' Our boys from the Castroper haven't really found their way into the game yet, Schalke are better.
 
19' Corner kick for VfL. Long cross from Stöger to our captain, Toto rmeets the ball but heads just over!
 
22' Big chance for VfL! Holtmann lets fly, Schwolow fumbles it. Zoller is there but over the bar!
 
28' Holtmann sprints down the wing, tries to play  to Zoller, but his pass is blocked. We are in the game now!
 
29' Next card - Losilla sees yellow.
 
35' Biggest chance so far! Stöger brilliantly into the centre, but Zolli can't connect with the ball!
 
38' Goal for the hosts instead. Riemann can't hold on to a Bülter shot, Drexler poaches - 1-0.
 
41' Terodde is down after a challenge in the box, but it was not a foul. Play goes on.
 
45' There are four minutes on top before it goes into the break.
 
Half-time - The first 45 minutes in the Veltins-Arena are over. FC Schalke 04 have the lead in an even game. They had a strong opening spell, but VfL followed up with some good chances.
 
46' Second half underway. Janko comes on for Gamboa.
 
51' GOAL for VfL! Hofmann and Zoller involved! But the flag goes up....
 
53' The goal counts, equaliser!!! 1:1! VAR looked at it. But Zoller is not offside for his final touch.
 
53' What a moment when referee Felix Zwayer points to the centre circle. Pure emotion, Zoller runs to the corner, the team behind him. It feels so good to taste success again. Now let's carry on like this.
 
57' First substitution for Schalke. Zalazar comes on for Larsson.
 
58' Zalazar's first touch, but Masovic is wide awake and slides into the ball, conceding a corner.
 
59' Zalazar from a corner, but Riemann collects the ball.
 
61' The crowd is announced. 62,041 fans are there, including at least 6,200 Bochum fans. Great, thanks for the support!
62' VfL almost have another chance. Holtmann floats the ball in after a corner, Hofmann is lurking, but Schalke clears the ball into touch.
 
65' Our best spell in this game. Schalke seem intimidated, we are moving the ball around well. Keep it up, boys!
 
67' Former Bochum player Polter comes on for Drexler.
 
69' Bringing on Janko is paying off. Our number 23 is creating a lot of commotion on his right side.
 
70' Lucky for us. Schalke on the counter-attack, but Terodde makes the wrong decision. We can clear the ball away.
 
71' A great opportunity for Schalke. Terodde goes past Masovic, aims for the near corner and hits the crossbar. It remains 1-1.
 
72' The game is now tilting in Schalke's favour and they are pushing for the opening goal. Soares in a duel with Bülter, free kick for S04. Wrong decision.
 
73' Not again - goal for Schalke. Masovic tries to clear Mohr's sharp cross, but he scores an own goal. 2-1.
 
77' Osterhage and Osei-Tutu come on for the final phase. Förster and Zoller leave the game.
 
78' Osei-Tutu storms down the right, delivers a good cross but Schalke clears for a corner.
 
80' Ten minutes left on the clock. Enough time.
 
82' Soares gets a yellow card for a foul. Fair enough.
 
85' Final offensive: Ganvoula comes on in attack, Soares leaves the pitch.
 
86' Schalke playing the clock down. Yellow card for Schwolow, then for Krauß.
 
90' Five minutes of injury time are indicated.
 
90+2' Sharp cross, Riemann jumps for it, gets a knock from Karaman. But he can continue.
 
90+3' Jordi dribbles into the centre, then shoots. Unfortunately, it's well over.
 
90+5' Goal for Schalke. Polter with his head.
 
Full-time: Immediately after the third Schalke goal, it's over. We remain without a point after the sixth game. As so often this season, a game you didn't have to lose. In the end, Schalke had luck on their side.
 
The season continues for us next Sunday when 1. FC Köln comes to the Vonovia Ruhrstadion (Sunday, 18 September, 5:30pm (CET)).
 

Thomas Reis (Head Coach VfL Bochum 1848): For the sixth time, I can only congratulate the opponent, which is very annoying. In the first 20 minutes, we gave Schalke too much space. After that, we got into the game better and put Schalke under good pressure. In the second half, we started well, deserved to equalize, but were not compelling enough. It was a game with very, very many emotions. But in the end we are empty-handed again. It is very difficult today. We invested a lot, the players are exhausted. The fans gave us outstanding support.

Frank Kramer (head coach FC Schalke 04): In my opinion, we were very good in the game, had good access. We handled the ball cleanly and calmly and earned the opening goal. We knew that VfL would press at the start of the second half. In this phase we were too passive. But in the end, we had a bit of luck on our side today and are very happy about the victory.

Anthony Losilla: We make small mistakes, which in the end ensure that we are again without points. It just hurts. But we never give up. We always get back up and fight until the end. There are only six matchdays over and still enough games to go.

Simon Zoller: We fought and tried to sacrifice ourselves. But in the end, we're back without any points, which is just extremely bitter. We still don't have a point after six games. Which should give us strength: The fans are always there for us. We've seen that we can keep up.

Philipp Hofmann: We played a really good game again. In the first half we had chances, in the second half we also had good phases. But it's unbelievable, we're standing here again and we've lost. How can you explain that? It's really hard to find words for it

Jordi Osei-Tutu: We are very disappointed that we lost again. It was an even game. I can't understand the fans because I hardly speak German. But they are always behind us and gave us great support again. We want to make them proud, but so far we haven't scored a single point from six games. We have to apologise to them for that.