VfL Bochum 1848 did not manage to gain any points in the opening match of the 2019/20 season. The lads suffered a 3-1 away defeat against SSV Jahn Regensburg in front of 10,268. Although Danny Blum temporarily narrowed the gap, his goal was finally not enough.
The first matchday of the new season saw VfL Bochum 1848 travel to Regensburg with a squad including numerous summer signings such as: Saulo Decarli, Jordi Osei-Tutu and Danny Blum as well as homecomer Simon Lorenz, who all also found themselves in the starting line-up. Vitaly Janelt took the left-back position, while Danilo Soares had his place on the subs’ bench, just like Tom Baack on the other side, who recently joined Regensburg from Bochum.
3’: First chance of the game goes to the home side. After a corner, Jahn-forward Schneider wins possession, however his header missed the target.
8’: Another corner kick from the right, this time it’s Correia who is waiting at the far post, but his effort goes just wide. He previously beat Janelt in the area.
11’: A brave performance by both teams so far, but VfL haven’t been able to create any clear cut chances yet…
14’: Corner number three for Regensburg, Riemann appears to be in danger in the six-yard box, but another Bochum player can clear. Now the situation is getting dangerous, a header from a short distance after Correia’s assist missed the goal by a whisker. The home side’s controlling the game, VfL’s defence has to pay attention now.
18’: First start from the lads! Osei-Tutu makes his way towards the Regensburg goal from a centre position and crosses to Blum, whose powerful shot from a narrow angle was blocked. The following corner is curled to the near post by Maier, but keeper Meyer is wide awake and able to collect. Only seconds later it’s Losilla’s turn, who fires the ball onto the target, but his attempt goes wide.
22’: Free kick for Bochum from a centre-right position. Blum tries to centre, but his cross was blocked before the box.
24’: Stolze sidesteps Osei-Tutu on the left and shoots from a narrow angle, but the drives just missest the upper right corner.
26’: Blum crosses, Osei-Tutu assists Weilandt, who is not able to control the ball properly and fails to shoot on goal – another missed chance. Shortly afterwards Losilla’s long-range shot from about 20 metres does not find its way into the net as well.
31’: Referee Schröder awards a penalty for Regensburg! But first, VAR takes action and shows that a Regensburg player was clearly offside. That means: No penalty, but a free kick for the lads. Don’t panic…
33’: Free kick by Maier, again the effort misses the goal by a whisker!
35’: Good stuff from both sides! This time it is Regensburg again who fail when Schneider’s shot drives above the crossbar. No need for Riemann to interfere.
42’: Goal for Regensburg! The home side goes ahead by a goal from Saller. The deflected shot hits the back of the net. Regensburg 1 – Bochum 0.
45’: Blum’s powerful shot is barely saved by Meyer, Weilandt just misses the rebound.
Halftime: Regensburg are up 1-0 after 45 minutes and had the better goalscoring chances. Although VfL were performing ok for some stages, it is an earned lead for the home side.
46’: Let’s get things going! VfL changes their line-up in two positions: Lee and Zoller replace Osei-Tutu and Pantovic.
48’: Promising free kick position for VfL, but Maier’s attempt goes wide again.
50’: Goal for Regensburg! Eisfeld unnecessarily loses possession at the touchline. Regensburg can easily enter the box, where Stolze slots in.
56’: Losilla manages to control the ball in the opposing box and volleys onto the target, but no problem for Meyer at all – straight into the middle.
58’: Easy turnover in posession and Regensburg attack themselves over the left. Blum and Lee are unable to stop Stolze, his effort from about 20 metres directly makes its way into Riemann’s hands.
66’: Freekick for Regensburg from the right position, but Nachreiners header goes straight to the stadium roof.
70’: Geipl recklessly tackles Losilla in the midfield. Yellow card!
75’: GOAL for VfL! Again VAR is involved, again in favour for the lads. After a cross from Lee, a SSV defender touches the ball with his arm – penalty for Bochum! Blum converts clinically and gets one back!
82’: George shoots from a short range, but Riemann shows a remarkable save! Great reaction from the goalkeeper!
84’: Regensburg counterattack over Grüttner, but Decarli pushes the striker away from the goal and clears for a corner kick, which is finally saved by Riemann again.
86’: Bapoh comes on for Eisfeld and makes his 2. Bundesliga debut.
90’: Four minutes of additional time to go. Weilandt gets into possession in the box, but loses the tackle.
90’+5: Goal for Regensburg! Regensburg seal the deal as former VfL player Tom Baack scores and makes it 3-1 for his side.
Final whistle: After 90 minutes VfL suffer a deserved 3-1 loss against Regensburg. The boys must dust off quickly, before Bochum welcome Arminia Bielefeld. Kick-off of the upcoming and first home fixture is Friday night, 18:30 CET.
Robin Dutt (Head Coach VfL Bochum 1848): Congratulations to Mersad and his colleagues on their first victory in charge, also for their deserved victory. Especially in the first half we could not implement our game plan. The plan was not to play small tiki-taka stuff today in order to advantage the opponent’s press – but that's exactly what we did. In our own half we got involved in too many unnecessary problems. We didn't manage to play straight forward in the first 45. Regensburg already had a lot of early corners, where they were always on the ball and where we were lucky that we weren't already behind. In the second half, we switched to a 4-3-3 to get more pressure and free up our forwards. Then we make another mistake, where we get involved in a pressing situation and concede. We already showed morale and put pressure to up front, with Lee on the right side we had more ball security and could bridge the gap between midfield better. But in the end it wasn't enough to build up enough pressure to equalize. The bottom line was that it was a deserved victory for Regensburg.
Mersad Selimbegovic (Head Coach SSV Jahn Regensburg): I want to express my huge respect to both teams, both teams managed to play in the adverse weather conditions. The game was as expected for me: The opponent tried to play a lot, we stuck with our plan. Thank God the plan worked out. In the first half we piled on the pressure and took the lead, we could have got another just before the break. Unfortunately, we didn't manage that. As always in games like this, the opponent finds a way back, VfL did well there. From the spot they came back into it, but overall we had the clearer goal opportunities. After the third goal at the end, we are overjoyed that we together with the fans can celebrate a good start to the season.
Anthony Losilla (Captain VfL Bochum 1848): It's frustrating. I have the feeling that we didn't give everything to get at least a point. Partly it was good, but defensively we were too weak today to get anything here. The coach prepared us all week, we talked a lot about our opponents. Nevertheless, we played exactly as Jahn wanted us to. I don't know why, but the fact is we still have a lot of work to do. We still need time, but in football we have only limited time. We have to do this quickly now and next week, in spite of our defeat, we have to start the match against Bielefeld in high spirits.
Simon Zoller (VfL Bochum 1848): The fans proved after the game that they have patience with us. Especially in the first half, we overplayed and Jahn presented us with problems with their high press. In the second half we tried to change, we got back to it. We want to do what we set out to do - but that's always easier said than done. Nevertheless, in the end we deserved to lose.
Tom Weilandt (VfL Bochum 1848): That’s not how we’d imagined today going. They ran rings around us, we have to work to change that. After all, there's another important game ahead of us against Bielefeld. Unfortunately, we couldn't work out enough clear-cut chances today, we definitely have to do better.