VfL head coach Robin Dutt picked a starting eleven not dissimilar to the narrow loss against Hamburg; only two changes were made in a bid to secure the first three points of the season, and even those were forced upon him through injury. Manuel Riemann started as usual between the posts. In front of him, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Saulo Decarli, Simon Lorenz and Danilo Soares formed the back four, which at times during the game evolved into a back three/five with with Miloš Pantović. Anthony Losilla, Vitaly Janelt and Sebastian Maier made up the midfield. Danny Blum acted as a CAM or a left winger, supporting Silvère Ganvoula up front. The injured Chung Yong Lee and Tom Weilandt dropped out of the side.
SVWW coach Rüdiger Rehm also made two changes after the 3-0 defeat in Hanover: Tobias Schwede and Manuel Schäffler, major players in ensuring Wiesbaden’s promotion last year, started instead of Benedikt Röcker and Nicklas Shipnoski.
You can follow the events as they happened below.
0': And we're underway! (0-0)
2': Wiesbaden win an early corner. Danilo is receiving treatment from the physios after taking a knock in preventing a more threatening attack before the corner. He's up on his feet now. Corner swung in... headed over! First chance for Wiesbaden. (0-0)
5': Danilo is back on the field but immediately collides with Janelt. Both are down clutching their heads and need treatment. Thankfully both jump up. (0-0)
8': Second corner of the game goes to Wiesbaden. The corner is controlled, and Schäffler is able to pivot and shoot. Riemann comfortably collects. (0-0)
10': Goal for the visitors. A counterattack after a mistake from Bella Kotchap is cut back into the middle, and Schäffler, who's been in the game from the first minute, guides the ball home into the bottom corner. (0-1)
12': Dittgen nearly makes it two. He cuts inside after controlling a high ball, and curls a shot with pace. It looks destined for the top corner but it flies just wide! (0-1)
13': MASSIVE CHANCE FOR VFL! How did he miss?!! A cross from Ganvoula fizzes across the box and finds Danilo, open with just the 'keeper to beat from three yards, but Watkowiak pulls off an amazing save to keep his side up. (0-1)
16': Freekick to Wiesbaden, 35 yards out and to the left hand side after a foul. The ball is swung in, and Danilo puts it behind for a corner. VfL mop up the resulting corner and Riemann clears. (0-1)
19': Dittgen does make it 2-0 to Wiesbaden eventually. A shot in the middle is deflected off Decarli, and Wiesbaden's no.7 runs onto the ball and whips into the top left-hand corner. Riemann had no chance. (0-2)
23': Nice interchange between Janelt and Pantovic allows the latter to swing in a dangerous cross first time that finds Danny Blum, fifteen yards out. The volley goes wide. (0-2)
25': Ref needs a drink, so we head for a quick break. Head Coach Robin Dutt has seen enough. He opts for a change in formation, Bella Kotchap making way for Bapoh.
29': Decarli and Dittgen clash. Both men get up after a bit of a delay. (0-2)
29': Wiesbaden win a freekick in a threatening position... Kuhn stands over it and goes for goal, but its easily dealt with by Riemann. (0-2)
31': Wiesbaden are now also making a change. Jeremias Lorch has picked up a knock, and is replaced by Niklas Dams. (0-2)
36': We've added a bit of pressure forward without troubling Watkowiak, who's probably only touched the ball three times. (0-2)
37': Nearly a third. Danilo's pass is dispossessed and Dittgen holds it up well, before laying it off for a swinging cross into the box that Schäffler rises to. His header is powerful and beats Riemann, denied only by the crossbar. (0-2)
37': Soon after we go down the other end and Danny Blum has a potshot from 20 yards. It sails over the bar. (0-2)
39': The assistant referee on the nearside has made some questionable decisions today. This time, he gives a goal kick to the visitors despite the TV monitors showing it to be a corner. (0-2)
42': HOW HAVE WE NOT SCORED! Ganvoula is played through on goal, one on one with just the keeper to beat, and his soft attempt is well saved by Wiesbaden's no.1. The follow-up is curled goalward by Bapoh, but Watkowiak is comfortable in the save. (0-2)
43': Wiesbaden ready another substitution. Nicklas Shipnoski comes on for the injured Marvin Ajani. (0-2)
43': A third. Schäffler heads it in from close range despite Danilo's efforts on the line. Disastrous half. (0-3)
45+': 3 minutes off added time. (0-3)
HT: A horrendous half for VfL. Slow, lethargic and sloppy. We must pick it up.
46': The lads are out already. Second half about to start. (0-3)
46': Bochum to kick off, hopefully things will improve. (0-3)
47': Freekick to Wiesbaden on the right. Kuhn to take, whipping the ball in. Hint of a penalty shout, but the referee waves it away. (0-3)
49': Corner in by Blum, headed away. Some phases later Bapoh take a shot from inside the box, it careers off a defender and spins out for another corner. The chance is ultimately wasted as Lorenz is caught offside. (0-3)
52': Surely a penalty?! No! Bapoh takes a tumble in the box and the VfL fans behind the goal expect a penalty... waved away by the ref. Wiesbaden go down the other end and Shipnoski strikes a fizzing shot 20 yards out, but Riemann is equal to it. (0-3)
53': Pantovic skies a promising cross high and wide, out for a goalkick. Wasteful. Dutt is in deep conversion with assistant Heiko Butscher. (0-3)
55': Corner to VfL. Come on! (0-3)
56': GOAL! Bapoh heads in from the corner from close range. Don't think he knew much about it! His first goal in the 2. Bundesliga! LET'S GO LADS!! (1-3)
58': Kuhn knocks down Blum in the box! HOW IS THAT NOT A PEN!? (1-3)
59': The ball pinballs around the box, and finds Blum on the edge... he controls it and volleys it... high and wide! Better though! (1-3)
62': Cross from the left picks out Dittgen, who's free four yards out! Well held by Riemann. (1-3)
64': Bapoh does fantastically well on the right, skipping past two players. His cross finds Ganvoula in the middle, with just the keeper to beat! Again, our no. 35 is denied! He was offside anyway. (1-3)
66': Osei-Tutu is ready to come on. It would be VfL's second change, Dutt looking to the
Arsenal loanee to change the tide of the game. Janelt makes way.
67': Another drinks break. 23 and change to go. Come on VfL!! (1-3)
70': Wiesbaden are ready to make their third change. Knöll is on for Schwede. (1-3)
72': Knöll's first involvement in the game is a skied effort high and wide. (1-3)
75': 14,189 is the official attendance for today's game! Thank you for your support! (1-3)
76': Maier fizzes a shot over, after good build up play from Blum and Danilo. Close, but not enough. (1-3)
77': Schäffer runs past Lorenz, with a chance to make it four... Riemann gets down well to stop the imminent threat. (1-3)
78': Great work from Osei-Tutu down the by-line, jinxing past three players. His low ball across the six yard box is just dealt with by the Wiesbaden defence. (1-3)
80': Chance for the Arsenal man!! A wicked out-swinger from Blum is met by Jordi, who rises well to head towards goal from 5 yards out. Only a deflection off the head of the away left back denies the 20 year old his first VfL goal! (1-3)
84': Not long left to find at least 2 goals. (1-3)
84': Losilla falls to the ground heavily after a collision with Wiesbaden's 'keeper. He's up now, although appears a 'tad groggy. (1-3)
86': WHAT A GOAL!!! JORDI OSEI-TUTU GIVES US A LIFELINE!!! A stunning volley from a knock on from Ganvoula. The right back sidefoots it into the top corner from 10 yards! COME ON!! (2-3)
89': Maier gets a yellow card!! (2-3)
90': PENALTYYYYY!!! BAPOH FOULED!! (2-3)
90': GOALLLLL GOALLLL GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!! GANVOULA SLOTS IT HOME!!!!!!! (3-3)
90+': LAST KNOCKINGS HERE!!! Jordi cuts inside and nearly scores, before Blum sees a shot tipped over! Last chance!! Corner now... (3-3)
90+': Yellow card for Lorenz as Wiesbaden threaten. (3-3)
90+': BEDLAM HERE. Dams wrestles Bapoh, who tries to wiggle away. Somehow, the referee takes umbrage with Bapoh, and sends him off! Dams is yellow carded for his wrestling skills, and Ganvoula also sees a yellow for expressing his disgust with the red.(3-3)
90+': Wow. Ref Schlager finally ends the game. What a rollercoaster. 3-3
Robin Dutt (VfL Bochum 1848 Head Coach): I mean it earnestly when I apologize to everyone here in Bochum for the first half. After 18 months I feel very connected to this club and feel a bit responsible for the current situation. I am grateful to everyone that I feel appreciated here. Tomorrow, after I have slept on today's game, I will speak to [Sporting Director] Sebastian Schindzielorz. We have to discuss the general situtaion and also discuss my position here. We must not underestimate our current situation. It won't help the team if they go into the next few weeks with a coach whose days are numbered. I like this club and want the best for it.
Rüdiger Rehm (head coach SV Wehen Wiesbaden): We experienced a brutally thrilling game today. Both teams have played their hearts out. I think we've had a very good first half. We always took the game to our opponents at the right times, won second balls and switched well. We scored our goals with great efficiency, but on the other hand we also had an excellent goalkeeper who marshalled some dangerous defensive positions. We didn't want to manage the game, we wanted to score a fourth. We knew that VfL would come out for the second half frustrated and angry. We then had several situations where we should have done better in order to score a fourth. The fact that Moritz Kuhn, our defender, went forward a bit much in 80th minute and we were left outnumbered at the back, made us struggle a bit.
Sebastian Maier: I have to apologise to everyone who was in the stadium today. That wasn't worthy of VfL. It's hard for me to put the game into words. I'm just very happy about our second half. The gameplan for the second half was clear: Put the balls in the sixteen and try to score the goals. We wanted to put Wiesbaden under pressure and we succeeded better with long balls. There were two brutally different halves of us today. But the team showed that we have spirit, otherwise we wouldn't have be able to catch up in recent games.
Anthony Losilla: It's hard for me to find the right words after such a bad first half. Nothing was right, it was a disaster. Fortunately, we were able to turn the game around in the second half and earn another point. The first half of the game was unforgettably bad. In the second half we had nothing to lose. Fortunately, we scored three goals to get a point - but we won't be able to catch up like that every week.
Vitaly Janelt: It's of course a disaster to be 3-0 down at halftime at home. We had our one, two chances in the first half, which we didn't capitalise on. The jeering and booing from the fans was absolutely justified at half time. Then we sat down and said that we wanted to throw everything forward. We did that and got a point.
Manuel Riemann: It was right to be subject to a few boos at the half. We looked to get more success with long balls. Wiesbaden had their back against the wall agaisnt us in the second half. The fact is that we have to start playing like this from the beginning, otherwise it will be difficult. We can't catch up every time.