Once again insanity reigns at Anne Castroper! Thomas Reis’ debut as VfL Bochum 1848 Head Coach was lively from start to finish, with SG Dynamo Dresden the opponents at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion. VfL suffocated the away side in the first half with aggressive pressing, but with time wearing on the men from Saxony were able to get into the game more. With their first good opportunity Dresden took the lead, 57 seconds after the restart (46), and after a new phase of pressure from VfL a SGD counterattack increased the lead to 2-0 (63). But as it is with home games this season, VfL were able to play catch-up effectively for the third time this season. Danny Blum (78) and Anthony Losilla (85) rewarded the tireless efforts of the home side, but a winner evaded all despite further opportunities. The Bochumers are still waiting for their first three points of the season, but remain undefeated at home and were able to prevent a loss for the new coach.
Follow the game as it happened below:
A new start for VfL Bochum 1848, who welcomed SG Dynamo Dresden on Gameday 6 of the 2nd Bundesliga with boss Thomas Reis on the side line for the first time in his tenure, hoping to begin with a victory. The new coach chose an altered starting eleven to that which started away at VfB Stuttgart before the international break; Thomas Eisfeld and Milos Pantovic moved into the first eleven, with Jordi Osei-Tutu and Danny Blum making way. Dresden's manager Cristian Fiel also made changes after their 3-3 draw against FC St. Pauli: For suspended double goal scorer Jannis Nikolaou and Kevin Ehlers, René Klingenburg and Florian Ballas came in.
0': And we're off! It's absolutely ROCKING here! The Blau-Weiß kick off, going from left to right in all white with blue socks. The visitors in yellow shirts and socks, with black shorts.
2': Lots of ball possession initially for VfL. The first free kick comes in from the left hand side lane in the direction of Dresden's goal, but a shot is flashed over.
3': Janelt's shot was the one that flew high and wide. A sloppy backpass from Lorenz sees Dresden in... big chance but Riemann comfortably blocks the tame shot from 12 yards.
5': Great pressing from the front from the lads, Janelt and Maier combining to win the ball off Dresden, forcing the away side to concede a corner. It comes to nothing though.
9': Maier does so well to skip away from the Dresden midfield, before trying to slide in Eisfeld, but 'keeper Broll slides in and collects.
10': First few minutes of the Thomas Reis' era and you can see his philosophy immediately- the gegenpress is thus far exceptionally effective in putting pressure on the men in yellow.
12': Losilla unlocks Dresden with a great reverse pass, the ball is then played out to Pantović who lets fly! Great save! Corner!... Ganvoula heads it just wide!!
14': We look good. Very good.
15': Atik is late on a challenge on Lorenz.. the ref' pulls it up but just a stern word dished out.
16': Dresden through on goal.... 1-0. But no! VAR reprieve and rightly so, the striker was miles offside.
18': Danilo is taken out by Ebert. Free-kick on the wide left, Eisfeld swings it in by the knock down is easily held by 'keeper Broll. 0-0
21': The lumbering Klingenberg bursts into the box and takes a tumble. The travelling fans scream for a penalty but nothing there. Günsch waves it away. 0-0
22': A quarter of the way through. 0-0
23': Atik finally goes into the book. 0-0
26': Ebert now in the book after flooring Maier. 0-0
28': Chance for Dresden now... curled from the left by Ebert... Riemann soars high to his right to pluck it out the air. Save Manu! 0-0
30': Third yellow in the space of 7 minutes for the away side. Muller joins his yellow-shirted teammates in getting... well a yellow. 0-0
31': Danilo from distance... flies over but good intent from the left back. 0-0
33': And another foul from Dresden, this time ex-Huddersfield man Chris Löwe on Janelt. Crikey. Meanwhile we have a small lull in proceedings as Günsch has dropped his free-kick spray. 0-0
38': Ganvoula has the ball out right and whips a superb ball in the middle, but the space he has vacated to pick up the ball was not filled by a runner so the cross came to nothing. 0-0
40': Dresden look dangerous and Horvath cuts inside, his shot is blocked by Danilo who then concedes a free-kick in the corner, getting a yellow in the process. Danilo is the first Bochumer to get a card today. 0-0
44': Ganvoula wrestles his way into a scoring position 20 yards out... but his shot is dragged wide. 0-0
45': Just the one minute added time. 0-0
HT': All square at the break. We look promising in attack, but going the other way Dresden have looked a threat too. 0-0
46': The boys are back out... come on! 0-0
46': Ah god. Dresden are out the blocks quicker than we are, and they open the scoring, the cross from the left poked in by Jeremejeff. 0-1
48': Maier shots from the left hand side... curls wide past the post. Reis meanwhile has sent the subs to warm up. 0-1
50': SO CLOSE. Danilo clips a cross in for Ganvoula at the far post, who volleys it just wide! From the angle it looked as if it'd gone in, much to the delayed despair of the 16,000 or so here today. 0-1
54': Losilla tees Janelt from distance...he flashes it just wide. Not bad, but we need more of that! 0-1
54': Ganvoula's low cross is collected by the keeper. 0-1
56': Change for the visitors, Sascha Horvath comes off and Moussa Koné replaces him. 0-1
57': Second change in quick succession for the visitors, Chris Löwe is substituted for Hamalainen. 0-1
60': We are about to make a change, Danny Blum looks to make the difference on the hour, Maier making way. 0-1
62': Today's attendance is 16,859. 0-1
62': Moussa Koné makes a near instant impact, the ball played through to him and he's away, slotting it past Riemann. 0-2
65': Riemann got injured in the goal, he's taking his time now to make sure he's okay. 0-2
65': VAR took its time to make sure that it the goal was onside, eventually it does count. Rough second half so far. 0-2
65': Ganvoula nearly robs Broll, who dallies on the ball! So close. 0-2
70': Wintzheimer about to make his first appearance for VfL since his move from HSV. Can he change the course of the match? 0-2
71': Wintzheimer comes on for Thomas Eisfeld. 0-2
72': Wintzheimer is involved immediately, his header off a Gamboa cross falling just wide of the Dresden goal. 0-2
79': GOALLLLLLLLLLLL!! COME ON! DANNY BLUM LET'S GO! Smashed home from the left hand side into the top corner after good link up play with Ganvoula!! 1-2
80': Simon Zoller comes on for Gamboa in an attacking change. Come on boys! Hartmann has come on for Dresden, replacing Ballas. 1-2
84': Corner ball. Comes out to Blum on his right foot... scuffed wide. 1-2
84': THAT WAS THE CHANCE! Ganvoula bullies past the defence, only to be denied by Broll. 1-2
84': DID SOMEONE ASK FOR AN EQUALIZER?!!!! 2-2
84': TOTO RISES TO MAKE THE SCORES LEVEL!! WHAT A HEADER 2-2
89': Losilla helping out at the back, Dresden look dangerous every time they break. VfL freekick now though... and 5MINS of stoppage left! 2-2
90+': Blum shoots over. Not far away!! 2-2
90+': It's end to end here; ah god! 2-2
90+': HOW DID WE NOT SCORE? HUGE chances for Ganvoula and Blum across the box! 2-2
90+': Lorenz with a great chance too! He heads it goalward from 8 yards but Broll catches it! 2-2
90+': Last chance. Broll collects, and it's all over. 2-2
Well at least you know what you're gonna get here at VfL: Drama.
The spoils are shared here at Anne Castroper.
Thomas Reis (VfL Bochum 1848): It was a very interesting and intense game to start my tenure. You can't wish for anything better intensity-wise in the first half. In the first half you noticed that the team wanted to defend actively as well as win second balls and we had a few chances. Unfortunately, we weren’t awake from the start in the second half, and the goal against us was too easy. Then we go even further behind, that was also not well defended, even if Dresden converted well. Afterwards you have to compliment the team again on how they dealt with the deficit. That shows me that they are so strong mentally. We are a team on the pitch, no matter which players play. It would have been a shame if the effort I saw wasn't rewarded today."
Cristian Fiel (Dynamo Dresden Head Coach): A crazy game today.I actually saw a balanced first half in which I think we had the clearer chances. I told the guys in the break that we had to be wide awake and Bochum would be strong. Then we took the lead quickly, but afterwards I had the feeling that we weren’t ever in control. We even then made it 2-0 with a counterattack. But I still thought the whole time: Where is the control in our game? VfL really put pressure on us in the end. To be honest, I’m glad the game didn’t go on for much longer, otherwise Bochum would have scored another one. If you lead 2-0 here though, you really ought to go home with three points.
Sebastian Maier: I have no explanation for why we weren’t ahead in the game in the first place. We keep having to pull the game back. I thought the first half was pretty ok. One could see that we were battling, we pressed early and had lots of ball possession. Of course it doesn’t all work perfectly yet, but we felt good on the pitch. We have to not concede for longer after the break and not be behind almost immediately. It caused us to start searching for a goal instead of just playing. As per usual this season we showed the guile to come back, but I don’t want to always have to talk about this every week. Now we need to win a game. We can’t come back by two, three goals every week.
Anthony Losilla: One pointis not enough at home. It feels like we are always in the same poisiton at home; we go 2-0 down, but then we come back. We had 20 minutes in the game in which we went just went to sleep. We conceded the goals too easily, which left us in great difficulty. I want things to change in the future, so that we don’t always have to catch up, it’s just all too much for the nerves. We have to play more consistently. Just like in the first half today, where we played with a lot of passion and attacking intent.
Vitaly Janelt: We had set ourselves the target of scoring three points, but we didn't manage that. We got off to a good start. In attack we had two or three good chances and didn't allow much. We were compact and battled for the second balls. Shortly after the half-time we concede, and before long its 0-2. You can see that we can play football well – the last 20 minutes are testament to that [equalizing]. We are not doing enough to win, although we had the chances. At the moment I feel that our opponents have chances and they convert them- that's not the case with us.
Danny Blum: Unfortunately we were not rewarded for a good first half. After one minute in the second run we were already behind, then we collapsed a bit. When I came in, we were 2-0 down. After that you have to try to come back with passion and fight and with fans behind you, helping you. The goal woke us up again and got us going. The fact that we're still able to consistently get these equalisers shows our morale, our fight, which we proved today for the third time. However, we should always try to stay awake and change the course of these games before going behind.