Friday proved to be a bitter third matchday for VfL Bochum 1848- despite a decent first half, VfL lacked in creativity and firepower to equalise after ex-Bochumer Lukas Hinterseer gave the home side the lead on the hour.
VfL head coach Robin Dutt made two changes from the game against Arminia Bielefeld in his side to face Hamburg SV in a tough away match: Manuel Riemann retained his place in goal, with Armel Bella-Kotchap introduced into the backline alongside Simon Lorenz, Saulo Decarli and Danilo Soares. Anthony Losilla und Vitaly Janelt were holding midfielders with Chung Yong Lee and Tom Weilandt out wide (the latter replacing Danny Blum) either side of Sebastian Maier behind sole striker Silvère Ganvoula. Simon Zoller stayed at home after picking up an injury in last week’s DFB Pokal 1st round.
Follow the game as it happened below:
8’: It’s a scrappy opening spell at the Volksparkstadion with both teams focussing on holding their lines and not giving each other an inch.
10’: Losilla takes the ball off Jung and puts Ganvoula through, who drives with the ball before shooting, but the shot is blocked by van Drongelen just in time. A good opportunity for the boys in blue.
16’: VfL are staying focussed and easily defend two corner-kicks by Hamburg.
21’: VfL lose the ball on the left flank and Hamburg counter quickly but Bella-Kotchap finally intercepts their attack.
27’: Still no big scoring chances with VfL really applying themselves. Both teams not creating much.
29’: Two great saves by Manuel Riemann who parries a searing low half-volley from 25 yards before thwarting Dudziak close range rebounded effort.
31’: Maier goes past Dudziak and finds Ganvoula. Jung slides in just in time to block for a corner to VfL – no danger there, unfortunately.
40’: Lorenz is booked for a tactical (but necessary) foul on Kittel. The ensuing free-kick is headed away by Bella-Kotchap.
Half-time: No goals so far at the Volksparkstadion. Both teams are defending well and VfL have repeatedly looked to go forward dangerously through Ganvoula.
46’: Both teams return to the pitch unchanged.
53’: Ganvoula plays a one-two with Janelt and lets fly but the ball goes wide.
53’: VfL bring on Danny Blum for Tom Weilandt.
58’:Blum tries from a distance but the goes narrowly over the crossbar.
59’: Kieler stretches to steer the ball goalwards but Riemann tips it over.
62’: GOAL! Hinterseer of all people! From the left byline, Leibold cuts the ball back and the striker smashes it into the roof of the net from 10 yards.
67’: Substitution for HSV: Moritz for Kinsombi.
68’: VfL Bochum strengthen their attack by replacing Vitaly Janelt with Ulrich Bapoh.
69’: Dudziak with another dangerous cross from the left but Riemann intercepts it at the second attempt.
74’: Jordi Osei-Tutu comes on for Chung-Yong Lee who hurt his knee when Kittel accidentally knocked into him and caught his right leg.
80’: HSV take off forward Kittel in favour of Samperio.
86’: VfL just can’t seem to find a way through the HSV defence; a long-range effort by Decarli has been their only sniff at goal recently.
87’: HSV take off former Bochum stalwart Gyamerah, Vagnoman coming on.
90’: The fourth offfical signals that they’ll be four minutes of added time.
90+3’: Bochum try to push forward but to no avail.
Final Time: Despite a disciplined performance, VfL Bochum just could not create the chances to threaten promotion favourites Hamburg and succumb to the only goal of the game courtesy of Lukas Hinterseer.
The view from the coaches and players after Friday night's loss away at Hamburg SV.
Head Coach Robin Dutt: "I think Hamburg's victory was deserved, even though we showed as a team that, from the first minute, we were keen to move past the mistakes of the last couple games. We were very welll organised and were able to stifle dangerous build-ups from HSV. In the first half we were close to taking the lead after great pressure from Silvére [Ganvoula]. I think we were decent in the first half. In the second half, we lacked the balance of earlier - all the energy we put into defending was lacking further up the pitch. We stood up to the pressure for a long time, but then we caught caught out with two or three players lapsing in concentration. HSV deserved victory in the end because they were the stronger side when attacking.
Dieter Hecking (Hamburg SV's manager): "I told the team that our toughest opponent was today, who are a very organised outfit. Bochum made life very difficult for us during the first half, but unfortunately we made life difficult for ourselves as well. I'm not satisfied with the first half at all. In the second half we did a much better job - we were much stronger in tackles and picked up the tempo. At some point though we need to learn how to get past our opponents without just waiting for them to make mistakes.
VfL skipper Anthony Losilla: "Our first priority was that we had to be more defensively organised because we've conceded too many goals in the past games. Despite this we wanted to be courageous today - unfortunately we failed. Today we showed a better performance than we did against Baunatal. I'm convinced that we can do even better next home match against Wiesbaden, and when we do we'll pick up three points.
VfL's Sebastian Maier: Personally I'm finding it hard to find the right words to sum up the game. We didn't allow many shots against us in the first half, but we didn't have many clear-cut chances either. We were abit too hectic. And then in the second half we conceded: the cut-back on the left and Luki was completely unmarked in the middle. If we took the game too HSV a bit more and were more courageous, then Hamburg would have been beatable.
VfL goalkeeper Manuel Riemann: The bottom line is that we now have earned one point from three games - that's not good enough at the end of the day. Now we're up against Wehen Wiesbaden at home and desperately need to win. Whether we beat them 6-5, 3-2 or 1-0 doesn't really matter. The fact is that we have to win.
Sebastian Schindzielorz (director of football VfL Bochum 1848): "I think we played reasonably well for an away game. Particularly in the first half we created some good goalscoring chances, but we were not clinical enough in our counterattacks. But I think that we can build on this performance. Nevertheless, we have one point so far, which is by far not enough after three games. HSV relaxed into the game a bit after they took the lead, and we didn't really get into the positions to defend properly. In the end, we could not create the necessary chances to equalize. Hamburg has put together a strong squad this season and has already shown in the first fixtures that they have great quality. Altogether it was a decent game over 90 minutes, even if we did not have clear goalscoring chances. But it wouldn't have been undeserved if we had come away with a point here today. In the 2. Bundesliga it is all or nothing from week to week. Now we have a home game against Wehen Wiesbaden, we will be eager to win that one of course.