Friday night, under the floodlights, back home at anne Castroper! VfL hosted DSC Arminia Bielefeld on the second matchday of the 2019/20 season and provided an emotional rollercoaster. Concede twice, equalise, lead, then fall to a late equaliser. In the end, after a heated contest, a point stays in Bochum after the Westfalen Derby.
2’: Free-kick from Lee in a dangerous position wide out-right is headed away by the away defence for the first corner of the game. The subsequent corner is dealt with at the front post
7:’ Quick counter from VfL: Maier spreads the ball to Lee, who is lurking in the penalty area, but his effort goes just wide.
10’: A quiet first ten here at the Ruhrstadion. Both sides having good spells on the ball without making much of it. Our boys looking good.
12’: Simon Lorenz clears a Clauss free kick just next to the right post to the corner.
17’: Losilla dribbles through the penalty area, wants to pass on lee, but a Bielefeld leg gets in the way - corner for VfL! Ganvoula gets up well, but the ball is headed well over.
21’: Janelt sends Blum down the left side. The VfL newcomer asserts himself and wants to cross Ganvoula shortly before the touchline - a Bielefeld player comes in and cleans up.
23’: Good tempo to the game! Prietl takes off from the distance from half right position, but the ball passes the goal on the left side.
26’: First change for VfL: Decarli has to go off due to injury. Armel Bella Kotchap comes into play for him.
30’: Bielefeld threatening. Hartherz goes into a duel with Osei-Tutu at the goal line, who takes the short straw - corner for Bielefeld, who remains only harmless, but becomes dangerous in the additional shot: Soukou's submission is Riemann's best shot.
34’: The East Westphalians at it again: Edmundsson gets a free header after Voglsammer's submission. Riemann is in position and buries the ball safely under him.
35’: Down at the other end of the pitch, VfL start a quick counterattack. Blum brings the ball flat into the penalty area, but Ortega parries.
41’: Yabo goes down and leaves Lorenz standing. However, his scoop is too lax and no problem for Riemann.
42’: VfL fans in fine voice! Losilla reaches the ball, but waits too long to finish. Arminia clear easily.
44’: Losilla again! At the penalty spot, "Toto" rushes up after a pass from Maier and climbs up to head - Ortega reacts lightning fast and parries.
HALF TIME: VfL looking strong, they’ve had a lot of ball possession and put a lot of pressure on the Arminia in the final phase. It can go on like this in the second half.
46’: Both teams come unchanged from the dressing room.
49’: VfL start well! Two big chances within a few seconds: First Lee fails at a strong Ortega, then Ganvoula hammers the ball at the post.
51’: Soukou knocks over Soares on the right side and rightly sees yellow.
54’: GOAL! Arminia lead. A counter-attack down the left hand side sees a low cut back to the edge of the box fall to Soukou. His touch evades a VfL defending leg and rolls into the path of Voglsammer, who slams it home from 16 yards
56’: GOAL! Arminia get their second goal in as many minutes and Voglsammer crashes it into the bottom corner. The long ball over the top was nodded on by Soukou to the striker, who's strike is excellent
58’: VfL unlucky at this moment. A finish from Losilla into the right corner is held by Ortega.
60’: Losilla sees yellow for a foul.
65’: Head Coach Robin Dutt changes for the second time: Tom Weilandt comes into the game for Janelt.
66’: VfL pushes for the following goal and defends higher. Soares brings the ball high into the penalty area, Ganvoula gets to it, but heads over.
68’: Last change for VfL: Simon Zoller comes on to strengthen the offense and comes for Osei-Tutu.
74’: GOAL! Voglsammer stops Weilandt in the penalty area against the rules. Penalty for VfL! Blum starts and turns flat into the left corner. There's the equaliser!
75’: Klos and Soares clash and see both yellow for it.
80’: GOAL! What a strike from Ganvoula, who cuts inside from outside the box before slamming an unstoppable goal into the bottom corner. ORTEGA HELPLESSS! GET IN!
83’: VfL are back on level terms, the atmosphere in the Vonovia Ruhstadion is rocking. Now the blue-whites want the winner!
86’: GOAL! Ganvoula skips past the sliding defenders, and caresses the ball across goal for the legend that is SIMON ZOLLER! WHAAT A SUPER SUB!
90’: Four minutes added on here.
90’: OWN GOAL! Heartbreak for VfL. Losilla deflects the ball into his own net, a tough pill to swallow.
FULL TIME: That's it! After going 0:2 down VfL valiantly draw 3:3.
Robin Dutt (Head Coach VfL Bochum 1848): It was a very strategic game in the first half. We went into the match with different challenges. Bielefeld performed a lot better in the first matchday, we put in a bad performance away at Regensburg. We clearly had improved structure today. The draw at halftime was fine. During the break we planned to apply more pressure when within the box, without taking high risks. That worked out well in the beginning, we were controlling the game, but we did not defend properly and underestimated Bielefeld’s qualities – especially their long balls. We were down 2-0 and made some tactical changes. The penalty, that was awarded after Tom was fouled, brought us back in the game. We tasted blood and the lads showed a great spirit and were back in it. The late equaliser is very annoying. It was not Toto’s fault in this situation, but we must clear the situation much earlier. My compliments to our fans in the stands, who gave an amazing reaction after the final whistle.
Uwe Neuhaus (Head Coach DSC Arminia Bielefeld): I’m actually not sure if I can get it chronologically right – it was an extraordinary weird game. At the beginning both teams were eager to prevent any goalscoring chances for the opponent – which worked out perfectly for both sides. Admittedly, no team had deserved to take the lead. Things remained unchanged after the restart, before we managed to go ahead. Then things got going and the spaces began to appear. After the second goal, there were no signs for us to get into trouble today. The penalty was a gift. But our players got very nervous obviously, it could become really nervy. In the following minutes we did everything wrong that could be done so. We quickly had a corner kick and were directly hit on a break. But I do have to compliment my team, just like I did recently. They were fighting until the very last second.
Danny Blum (VfL Bochum 1848): It was a weird game. I thought we were controlling the match during large stages in the first half but also at the beginning of the second half. The we concede the first goal and were lacking in concentration. Seconds later we concede another goal – at that point you have to take a deep breath. After we got one back euphoria arose and the fans showed massive support. The equaliser was even followed by the lead. But then I had the feeling that our strengths declined a bit. In the end we concede the third goal, which is quite annoying.
Tom Weilandt (VfL Bochum 1848): I’m running out of words after such a sensational comeback. In Bochum we are able to turn a match around, anytime. And we did a great job in the end. So it’s even more bitter to concede a third goal after an impressive comeback.
Manuel Riemann (VfL Bochum 1848): After we got one back, our fans kept pushing us forward, the atmosphere was impressive tonight. It is absolutely crazy to turn the match around and gain the lead. We must run down the clock down. We need to watch the final few minutes again on tape. It is bitter, of course, because Toto was the biggest fighter in today’s clash. He was running his heart out tonight – hats off! That is why he is our skipper.
Simon Zoller (VfL Bochum 1848): We showed an incredible performance in the second half and could play the football we planned to play. You need quite some mentality in fixtures like these – and we got it. Too bad we conceded the late equaliser, but these things can happen. After being down 2-0, hardly anybody would have expected us to show such a great comeback, with me contributing with an assist and a goal.