The last home match of the year is coming up! On Tuesday evening (9:30 p.m.), Borussia Mönchengladbach will be visiting "anne Castroper". Under floodlights against the "Foals", who most recently got back on track after three competitive match defeats in a row with a 3-1 home win over VfB Stuttgart. Here comes our LOOK AT the next opponent:
Just like VfL Bochum 1848, the visitors from the Niederrhein are also struggling with personnel problems in their defensive department. For the clash at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion, new summer signing Ko Itakura will definitely be missing, while veteran Tony Jantschke and Swiss international Nico Elvedi are still in doubt. Also absent will be regular keeper Yann Sommer, who is out with an ankle injury and is likely to be replaced again by Tobias Sippel. In midfield, Florian Neuhaus, who will miss the World Cup after a cruciate ligament injury, and Hannes Wolf will have to be replaced.
Nevertheless, the "Foals" undoubtedly still have enough quality. Former Bochum boy Christoph Kramer has recently been proving his versatility again by first playing as a No 10 against Stuttgart before moving into central defence. In midfield, Manu Koné and Julian Weigl pull the strings, while Marcus Thuram and Alassane Plea form a dangerous duo in attack. And Jonas Hofmann has also returned from a shoulder injury, immediately scoring the important first goal against VfB after just a few minutes. No question, the "Foals" will be sending a really strong team to Bochum that needs to be "tamed".
THE HEAD COACH
Since summer 2022, Gladbach's head coach has been Daniel Farke. After only one season, the contract with predecessor Adi Hütter was terminated at the end of June, with the team not showing the progress expected by the Borussia board. Farke came to the Niederrhein with excellent references from Lippstadt, Dortmund's U23 and Norwich City. Especially in England, the East Westphalian's sporting success attracted attention.
In just under four and a half years, he twice won promotion to the Premier League with the Canaries. At the beginning of the year, Farke joined FK Krasnodar in Russia. However, without having coached a single competitive match, the 46-year-old terminated his contract shortly after the start of the war against Ukraine in order to return to Germany. The communicative coach has definitely livened up Mönchengladbach and his team is in eighth place after 13 matches. The "Foals" have collected 19 points so far, with international qualification within reach.
VfL versus VfL, Ruhr versus Niederrhein: this duel has a long tradition. The two teams have played 75 competitive games against each other so far, with the balance only slightly in favour of Borussia. Gladbach won 28 times, Bochum 22 and there were 25 draws. But the fans of the Blue-and-Whites have unpleasant memories not only of the lost play-offs in the 2010/11 season, but also of the last encounter at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion. In March, the match against Borussia was abandoned at 2-0 for the visitors after a beer was thrown at the referee's assistant, which led to the match being given to Gladbach. Breel Embolo and Alassane Plea had given the "Foals" the lead at the time, and a VfL comeback was prevented by the inglorious action. It would be all the more nice and important to erase these memories with a Bochum success on Tuesday evening.
Home win against Borussia Mönchengladbach! VfL Bochum 1848 racked up their third home victory in a row by a 2-1 win over the “foals“. Christopher Antwi-Adjei and Philipp Hofmann put the lads in front in early stage of the game already, although the visitors got one back after a goal by Alassane Plea got one back VfL finally secured another three points. Beautiful!
Tuesday night, a game under floodlights at Castroper Street. It’s the final home fixture in the year 2022 for VfL Bochum 1848 against visitors Borussia Mönchengladbach. VfL head coach Thomas Letsch changed his starting line-up on two positions compared to the recent 3-0 loss in Dortmund: Christopher Antwi-Adjei and Philipp Förster returned to the first eleven while Stafylidis and Osei-Tutu found themselves back on the subs bench.
That’s how the game went:
1´ Kick-off. Let’s go, VfL!
2´ Great start for the lads! Hofmann and Antwi-Adjei with a one-two. Hofmann is fouled by Friedrich, tactical foul and therefore the first yellow card in tonight’s match!
3´ Freekick and Lampropoulos is waiting at the far post, but doesn’t hit the ball properly. Too bad, this was quite a chance!
4´ Cross by Zoller, but Gladbach keeper Olschowsky is able to save easily.
7´ GOOOAL for VfL! Antwi-Adjei scores! What a start! Remarkable combination by Hofmann and Zoller, who plays the perfect through pass to Antwi-Adjei, the winger scores clinically alone in front of the keeper – approved by the VAR. Bochum 1, Gladbach 0!
12´ GOOOAL for VfL! Bochum 2, Gladbach 0! Hofmann scores! We press forward, Elvedi makes a fatal blunder, Hofmann gets in possession and slots home!
14´ The visitors are not able to control Antwi-Adjei as he keeps entering dangerous zones and making his way into the box, but Gladbach can clear.
16´ First effort by Gladbach. Thuram’s header is saved by Riemann.
17´ The lads take a short break after a furious start, more possession for the visitors currently.
21´ Brilliant back-heeled pass from Stöger to Antwi-Adjei, the crowd is amazed.
25´ VfL keep pressing forward. Gladbach are not able to create a proper build up play.
27´ Cross by Zoller is blocked. Corner kick for VfL.
27´ Another scoring chance for VfL. Toto’s shot doesn’t find its way into the net.
28´ Gladbach attacks, Ordets clears for a corner kick.
30´ Awesome clearance by Lampropoulos after a cross from Hofmann.
32´ Long ball to Gladbach‘s Hofmann, Riemann is wide awake and saves.
35´ Antwi-Adjei is still highly dangerous. Another run on the wing, outplaying several opposing players and crossing the ball into the box – a little to close to the goal.
36´ Stöger with a back-heel pass, Hofmann sidesteps an opposing player and shoots. Shot is blocked, but nice effort.
41´ Great one-two by Losilla and Zoller. Result: next corner for VfL.
41´ Corner kick and Antwi-Adjei is waiting at the penalty line. His long range shot misses the target by a whisker.
42´ Chance for Gladbach – but Koné‘s shot goes wide.
44´ Second yellow card for the visitors. Plea fouls Zoller.
45´Another sharp cross by Kramer, two Gladbach players unchallanged in the box, but fortunately Bensebaini’s header goes over the cross bar.
45+1´Almost the third goal… Hofmann fails unchallenged from a promising position. But the ball was already behind the goal line anyway.
Half-time: It’s a 2-0 half-time lead for VfL. Furious start with goals by Antwi-Adjei and Hofmann. Great performance by the whole team. We outplayed Gladbach in the first 20 minutes. Then the visitors came more and more into play – but without any clear-cut chances so far. Keep going, lads!
46´ Restart. No changes on either side.
47´ The lads mark the first effort in the second half. Unfortunately it is missed. But they pick up where they left off.
51´ It’s almost 3-0… Stöger’s free-kick is deflected by Ordets, but his header hits the far post! That was close!
53´ Effort by Plea. But the ball goes wide.
55´ Incredible performance from Antwi-Adjei by the way!
56´ Kramer is also booked after he had fouled Antwi-Adjei. Third yellow card for Gladbach tonight.
61´ What a play! Zoller flicks on by a back-heeled pass to Förster, who finally misses the right moment to shoot.
63´ Bochum 2, Gladbach 1. Plea scores and Gladbach get one back. And it’s our own fault. Fatal blunder in our build up play.
66´ Stunning reaction. Antwi-Adjei crosses the ball sharp, but Zoller misses by a whisker.
69´ Losilla scores, but it’s not our third goal as the skipper was offside before.
71´ Two substitutions in our team. Holtmann and Stafylidis in, goal scorer Antwi-Adjei and Förster out.
73´ VfL managed to resist the visitors‘ pressing.
77´ Another two substitutions. Horn and Osterhage replace Soares and Zoller.
78´ Losilla picks up a yellow card – VfL’s first one in this game.
82´ Head coach Thomas Letsch makes another and finale substitution. Ganvoula is sent on, Hofmann leaves the pitch.
82´ Equaliser by Bensebaini. But VAR is calling…
84´ The goal is disallowed! Huge relief for all VfL fans. The score remains 2-1.
87´ It’s the closing phase. Keep fighting, lads!
89´ Attendance figure: 25,900 crowd in the stadium. Thanks for coming!
Final whistle: Home win – third one in a row! Things are currently going nicely at Castroper Street. Fingers crossed we can also start scoring points away. One more fixture to go before the Bundesliga year 2022 is over. For this year’s final game the lads will be travelling to FC Augsburg (kick-off, Saturday, 12th November, 15:30 CET).
VfL Bochum 1848: Riemann – Gamboa, Ordets, Lampropoulos, Soares (77‘ Horn), Losilla, Förster (71‘ Stafylidis), Stöger, Antwi-Adjei (71‘ Holtmann), Hofmann (82‘ Ganvoula), Zoller (77‘ Osterhage)
Goals: 1-0 Antwi-Adjei (7‘), 2-0 Hofmann (12‘), 2-1 Plea (63‘)
Thomas Letsch (head coach VfL Bochum 1848): We played an astonishing first half and we played how we had intended to play. We didn’t want to let Gladbach get into the game and rightly took the lead. With a bit of luck, we could have even scored another one. I was also very happy with the start of the second half. Unfortunately, we made this one mistake that led to Gladbach’s first goal then. Nevertheless, to use the words of Kevin Stöger: “The first half was superb, the second half was just awesome.” That’s how it felt. In the end, it was a great performance of the entire team and a deserved win. You could tell that some of us had run out of energy after Saturday. That makes our performance today even more remarkable.
Daniel Farke (head coach Borussia Mönchengladbach): Congratulations to VfL Bochum on a very important home win here today. The story of the game is told quite quickly. VfL deserved to lead 2-0 at the break. Bochum did everything that has made them strong in previous home games and with which they beat Frankfurt and Union. They stood very high, showed great intensity, willingness to run and aggressiveness and took the emotions of the fans with them. I wasn't happy with our first half at all. We were timid, we didn't run, and we didn't think fast enough. I don't agree with the mentality of my team. The second half was much better, we deserved to come back. We then invested much more.
Christopher Antwi-Adjei: “We planned to attack the opponent early. That worked. We won the ball early and were able to switch quickly. I was often on the edge of or offside today. But I wasn't offside for the goal, and I was rewarded for that. In the end, we started to get a little nervous, but we simply deserved the victory.”
Philipp Hofmann: I am very relieved. It was an extremely important victory today. We did what we set out to do right from the start. We wanted to attack early, and we did that. We started the game really well, scored the two early goals and played a great first half. We've had a lot of bad luck this season, but today we had the luck we needed in controversial scenes. We could have played one or two counterattacks even better. Everyone put in a great performance, and we have to show the same attitude away from home.
Kevin Stöger: The first half was superb, the second half was just awesome. We played a very intense first half. We built the game very well from the back. The goal we conceded to make it 2-1 was unnecessary, but fortunately it wasn't decisive for the game. All the players put in a great performance. The ones who came in provided a lot of relief.