12. Matchday

VfL WolfsburgVfL Wolfsburg
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VfL Bochum 1848VfL Bochum 1848

Sa,  29.10.202215:30 Bundesliga

VfL at VfL: It’s time for the away match against Wolfsburg. So, the stadium where our VfL played their first Bundesliga match after more than 11 eleven years last season. Since then, a lot has changes – especially on the home side. Our LOOK AHEAD for the match against VfL Wolfsburg:

THE TEAM

There's no getting around it. A name that no longer plays a part in sporting terms in the “Autostadt”, but nevertheless keeps popping up in the media: Max Kruse. The former German international and self-confessed Ruhr area lover is enjoying "special leave" and will no longer play for the first team. Separation in the winter intended. The squad was rejuvenated last summer. Jakub Kaminski (20 years old), Matthias Svanberg (23), Bartol Franjic (22), Patrick Wimmer (21) and Kilian Fischer (21) were added, Omar Marmoush (23) is also back after a loan spell in Stuttgart. With John Anthony Brooks, Renato Steffen, Kevin Mbabu or Xaver Schlager, there were also a few notable departures. All in all, however, the squad from the previous season remained the same. Among them are keeper Koen Casteels and captain Maximilian Arnold.

THE HEAD COACH

Since the summer, Niko Kovac is back in the Bundesliga. Wolfsburg ist now the third top flight job for the former Croatian national coach after his spell with AS Monaco. After two successful years at Eintracht Frankfurt, including a DFB-Pokal triumph, Kovac moved on to Munich. He won the championship and the cup with FC Bayern as an active player and followed this up as a coach. Nevertheless, they parted ways again in the second year. Now it's Lower Saxony. The start of the new season did not go according to plan. On the first five Bundesliga match days, the Wolves had been waiting in vain for a win. Then the time had come, at Kovac's former club Frankfurt of all places. Wolfsburg remained undefeated in the last five matches. Kovac and his team have turned the corner, but they will have to work hard on Saturday.

THE RECORD

There have been 29 encounters so far. The first of these was in 1970, in the promotion round of the regional league. However, it took a full 23 years until the next duel. First in the 2nd Bundesliga, then only in the Bundesliga. Overall, the statistics go to the true VfL. The Blue and Whites won 14 times, the Lower Saxons took 11. Last season, both games ended 1-0, both for the home side. In Wolfsburg, it was Bochum's first Bundesliga match after more than 11 years of waiting. After Robert Tesche was sent off early on, VfL had to play almost the entire game with a shorthanded team. Nevertheless, the game remained close until the final whistle. However, the lads from the Castroper Street were rewarded in the first game after the winter break, the (hopefully) last ghost game for a long time. Pantovic scored the goal of the day.

VfL Bochum 1848 remains without a point away from home. In Wolfsburg, the Blue and Whites had a hand in the goals conceded. The hosts made it 2-0 at the break with goals from Felix Nmecha and Baku, then added another after the break through Nmecha and substitute Wind. 0-4 from our point of view after 90 minutes.

Two wins in a row, including the 2-1 victory over league leaders Union Berlin - VfL Bochum 1848 travelled to VfL Wolfsburg with confidence. The "Wolves" were four points ahead of the Blue-Whites before the Bundesliga match. Head coach Thomas Letsch only made one change compared to the win against Union due to injury: Dominique Heintz replaced Erhan Mašović in the starting eleven.

Here's how the game went

2′ First corner for us. Set-pieces are working right now, so...

3′ Corner kick to thenear  post, but a Wolfsburg player is just in the right position. Jordi then tries to centre the ball again, but heads it out of bounds.

5′ Both teams starting in controlled fashion here.

7′ Wimmer crosses the ball, Heintz is there. We are well-positioned so far. So, different from last year, when the Wolves really put us under pressure here in our first Bundesliga game in eleven years. At least at the beginning.

8′ Arnold with the free-kick. Hofmann is back in our box, "king of the air" there, too.

10′ You can see it again. When we put pressure on the opposition up front, then the mistakes happen. Already two scenes in which we could interfere early.

11′ Riemann slips and the long ball ends up with Arnold. The Wolfsburg captain shoots from a long distance. Well over.

13′ There's our first shot on goal! Gambo steals the ball from Wimmer and passes it to Jimmy. He finds Hofmann who shoots with his left! Casteels has it at the last minute!

15' Poor pass by Ordets into Wimmer who runs alone towards Riemann. But Ordets claws his way back back and makes up for his mistake himself!

17' First shot by the hosts. Felix Nmecha's shot goes well over Riemann's goal.

18' What an outstanding attack by VfL! We combine from the back, Stöger plays a perfect pass to Osei-Tutu, who outruns Wolfsburg's defence. Unfortunately, he stumbles just before the shooting opportunity.

21' "With number one in goal: Manuel Riemann!!!" First great block by our goalkeeper. He blocks Felix Nmecha's shot with his foot!

25' A promising free kick position for us from the left side. Förster puts the ball in. It is initially cleared, then Stöger volleys from the back. Just over.

27' Wolfsburg take the lead. Felix Nmecha is unmarked after a free kick and heads in. Bitter.

29' Almost 2-0 for the hosts. Riemann keeps us in the game with a brilliant save.

32' Great through ball from Gamboa to Antwi-Adjei. Unfortunately, our winger doesn't get enough power behind his shot.

35' Goal for Wolfsburg. Baku makes it 2-0.

41' Antwi-Adjei makes a great run and serves Förster in the centre. Unfortunately his shot goes wide.

45' Heintz heads a Stöger cross just past the far post.

Half-time: The Wolves lead 2-0 at the break. Agsain we have a much harder time away than at home at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion. There were a few lapses of concentration, and the Wolves took advantage of them twice. But nothing is decided yet, we still have 45 minutes.

46' Second half is underway. We make one substitution. Ganvoula comes on for Ordets . We now play with a three-man backline - Heintz, Soares and Gamboa.

53' We are still struggling to get a grip on the game.

54' VfL show signs of life. Hofmann gets his head on the ball, but unfortunately there is no one at the far post.

56' We are still in it! Next chance. Ganvoula and Hofmann each miss the moment to shoot, but we at least get into the danger areas.

57' Heintz sees the first yellow card of this game.

58' 3-0 to Wolfsburg. Again a set piece from Arnold, which Felix Nmecha heads in unmarked.

58' We make two changes. Holtmann and Zoller come on for Osei-Tutu and Förster.

60' Lukas Nmecha hits the post. Lucky for us.

66' It just doesn't work out for us. In addition to our own performance, every refereeing decision goes against us.

70' We look deflated . waiting for the final whistle to now.

73' Another double substitution. Stafylidis and Oermann replace Antwi-Adjei and Hofmann.

75' Stafylidis is immediately involved in a duel. That's how we know him.

80' 4-0 to Wolfsburg. Wind scores.

84' Holtmann and Losilla keep trying. Unfortunately, Holtmann's shot is blocked.

86' The Wolfsburg fans call for a penalty. But Gamboa clearly played the ball.

89' It's over here, shouldn't be too much injury time.

Full-time: That's it. Final whistle. Clear-cut match, because we really helped them. Four goals conceded is just too much, you can't win points away from home like that.

Next week, it will be the Ruhr derby at Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, 5 November, 3:30 p.m..

VfL Bochum 1848: Riemann – Soares, Ordets (46. Ganvoula), Heintz, Gamboa, Losilla, Stöger, Förster (58. Zoller), Antwi-Adjei (73. Stafylidis), Hofmann (73. Oermann), Osei-Tutu (58. Holtmann)

Goals: 1-0 Felix Nmecha (27.), 2-0 Baku (35.), 3-0 Felix Nmecha (58.), 4-0 Wind (80.)

Thomas Letsch (Head Coach VfL Bochum 1848): There were worlds between the two teams today. We lacked everything that made us strong last week. That was completely gone after the 0:2 at the latest. Accordingly, we are not only going home from an away game with a defeat, but also with four goals conceded. That hurts and is not so easy to explain. We must not show this discrepancy between two games again. It's going to be hard to compete in the league this way.

Niko Kovac (head coach VfL Wolfsburg): We played good, very good football today. In the second half we created many chances, which ultimately led us to a deserved winner. I am very pleased and very happy. I would like to congratulate my team for an extraordinarily good performance. A lot of things worked well.

Dominique Heintz: The first 15, 20 minutes were good from us. We did what we showed at home. After that, we were always one step too late and conceded two goals on a standard. When you concede two goals away from home in that way, it is of course difficult to turn the game around. We were always one step too late when we pushed out and lost balls too easily in transition situations.

Philipp Hofmann: It's difficult to explain why we have such a hard time away from home. It hurts extremely. We had far too many gaps when we conceded goals, we have to talk to each other more. We had planned to perform as well away as we did at home. We didn't manage that. You don't survive like that in the Bundesliga. We can't just rely on home games, that doesn't work.

Kevin Stöger: We showed a very poor performance today. I don't really care whether we play at home or away. We must not perform like that in any game. We can't afford that, that's not the VfL. I am very, very, angry. We can be happy that it ended 0:4 and not higher. Wolfsburg did well and beat us with our weapons, which have made us strong in recent weeks.