What a spectacular, but extremely bitter outcome to a match that had goals galore and in VfL Bochum 1848 drew 4-4 with SV Sandhausen. Two quick goals from Danny Blum gave the Blau-Weißen a quickfire lead, but the visitors drew level before half-time. Another goal by Blum and one by Osei-Tutu gave us another seemingly unassailable lead. However, two goals from penalties after handballs in the final minutes of the game turned VfL Bochum’s three points into just one.
VfL head coach Thomas Reis made two changes to his starting eleven: Top-scorer Ganvoula returned to his position at the centre of the attack in place of Wintzheimer, and Osei-Tutu replaced Zoller, who was ill. Sandhausen coach Uwe Koschinat and his team came into the game after a February to forget, and after their latest 2-0 defeat to KSC they made five changes: Nauber, Bouhaddouz, Taffertshofer, Paurevic and Scheu replaced Kister, Engels, Frey, Gislason and Linsmayer.
6’ GOOOAL for VfL – 1-0! What a start: Losilla does excellently to win the ball before putting through Soares who is tripped up by Nauber. Referee Pfeifer has no choice but to point to the penalty spot. Blum sends Fraisl the wrong way and gives us the lead!
9’ GOOOAL for VfL – 2-0! More of the same. Ganvoula and Osei-Tutu combine on the right wing, and the young Englishman’s cross is flicked over the goalie by Blum's cheeky backheel. UNREAL!
13’ Goal for Sandhausen – 2-1. Everything is going in, but unfortunately this time it’s the visitors who score. Leitsch and Decarli involuntarily tee up Biada, who lets fly and leaves Riemann helpless.
21’ Big couple of chances for VfL. First Ganvoula has a go but Fraisl pushes the ball to the side. Soares’ cross is met by Losilla, but he can’t direct his header properly goalward.
27’ That should have been the third goal for Blau-Weißen. Blum passes to Ganvoula, who is clean through on Fraisl but he blazes the ball over the bar.
29’ Things are getting dicey down the opposite end. Riemann misjudges a long ball and Bouhaddouz is given a huge opportunity, which Leitsch fortunately intercepts just in time.
30’ And it is Bochum’s turn again. Osei-Tutu's knee-high cross is met by Ganvoula, flying in, but his header narrowly goes past the far post.
36’ Another opportunity for VfL: "Toto" lofts the ball into the penalty area, but Janelt cannot get enough force behind his shot.
38’ Tesche tackles a bit too hard and gets the first yellow card of the game from Pfeifer. A bit harsh!
44’ Leitsch is shown a yellow as well after a tactical foul on Biada. Free kick in a dangerous position.
45’ Goal for Sandhausen – 2-2. From a central position, Biada drives the ball underneath the jumping wall into the back of the net. What a bummer!
Half-time:An annoying and avoidable scoreline. After a dream start, VfL has let an opposition that seemed dead and buried back into the game. Chances of restoring the lead were wasted and Biada punished us shortly before the break.
48’ GOOOAL for VfL – 3-2! YEEESSS! Another early goal and again it's Danny Blum! Outstanding pressing by Janelt, who after a one-two with Osei-Tutu moves into the penalty area and then deliberately slides the ball into the middle. Blum is there and scores with confidence! HAT-TRICK!
54’ VfL misses a chance for a fourth by a whisker. Soares with the cross, Janelt cannot connect cleanly and then Zhirov directs it against the post. Definitely an entertaining match.
58’ Nauber stops Osei-Tutu just outside the penalty box. He sees yellow for his troubles and the free-kick is in an excellent position for Blum, but his free-kick goes over.
62’ Sandhausen haven't given up yet, needing just one goal. Bouhaddouz climbs for the header in a goalmouth scramble, but can't keep the ball down.
65’ Koschinat sees the need for action. Türpitz on for Scheu!
67’ Banners appear briefly in the east stand - but after an announcement they are quickly taken down.
68’ GOOOAL for VfL – 4-2! Osei-Tutu's inclusion in the team seems a masterstroke now, with an assist for the second goal, and now he's scored the fourth! He dribbles the ball through the midfield and shoots. Fraisl has no chance at getting at his low shot, which nestles in the bottom right corner. WHAT A GOAL! Now concentrate, lads!
73’. In a lucky fashion, the visitors get a big chance. But Riemann is at hand to quash the situation.
74’ Paqarada can only stop Osei-Tutu illegally and sees a yellow.
77’ Sandhausen seem finished but keep trying. Bouhaddouz and Behrens waste a chance on the break. Koschinat makes another change throwing on Engels for Taffertshofer.
79’ Meanwhile, VfL come close to their fifth goal when Ganvoula is found in space but rushes his shot.
80‘ Standing ovation for the man of the match. Blum has picked up a knock and is replaced by Pantovic on the left wing.
85‘ GOAL for Sandhausen – 4-3. Oh, come on. After a corner kick, Pantovic clumsily touches the ball with his arm. Pfeifer awards a penalty, which Behrens places under the crossbar. Another nail-biting finish is on the cards.
86’ Second change by Reis. Ganvoula has worked hard and comes off for Zulj.
90’ Zulj puts pressure on Fraisl and steals the ball. While attempting to clear the ball, the SVS-keeper fouls the Austrian and sees yellow. This should buy us some time.
90+2’ Last change. Lorenz, who is strong in the air, comes on for Osei-Tutu!
90+3’ Goal for Sandhausen and it’s 4-4! The definition of bitter. VfL gives away another one of a number of free-kicks, Tesche heads the ball against Losilla's outstretched arm and the whistle is blown for a penalty again. Türpitz sends Riemann the wrong way. Unbelievable.
Full-time: There are no words - SV Sandhausen enjoy a gifted point in a match that couldn’t have ended in a worse fashion for VfL Bochum.
Thomas Reis (VfL Bochum 1848 head coach): It’s quite difficult to work this match out. Of course, it’s a massive disappointment and it feels like a loss. We had a remarkable start to the game, but still we didn’t appear to be one hundred percent confident. We committed a number of unnecessary fouls and gave away way too many freekicks. In the second half we managed to go in front and even doubel our lead. Both goals against us in the second half were penalties for handballs – the second one was a joke. It hurts so much today, but we have to bounce back. Next week we need to keep on going into games picking up points.
Uwe Koschinat (SV Sandhausen head coach): It’s extremely difficult to sum this game up in just a few words. The fact is that, thanks to dreadful individual errors – we were walked all over by VfL. The positive thing is that we stuck to our matchplan and kept on attacking aggressively, and we were able to create some goalscoring chances. When we got one back straight after they went 2-0 up, we were back in the game. After the 2-2 equalizer, we held on to the draw until the half-time break. Things went a litte differently after the break when we unfortunately conceded two goals within a very short period of time. The team did not give up though. In the end we picked up a fortunate point for showing great spirit.
Manuel Riemann (VfL Bochum 1848): If you look at the first half, we needed to be even more clinical with our chances. Our lead should have even been even greater. 2-2 at halftime, that must not happen. We could’ve sealed the deal in the first half, so then those two penalties at the end wouldn't have even mattered. We need to break that match down and improve for the upcoming fixtures.
Jordi Osei-Tutu (VfL Bochum 1848): For sure, we’re really disappointed not to pick up a victory today. We had quite a good start to the game and were playing some quality football, but we made a few too many little errors. We should have stopped them from getting back into the game. But we need to keep moving forward despite all the disappointment.
Anthony Losilla (VfL Bochum 1848): I even cannot find any words for what just happened. I did not see the ball and it was a penalty, the referee had no doubt about that. We are not able to play consistently over the full 90 minutes. We were in control of the game and still were scared of losing everything. We have to get rid of that. We gave away way too many dead ball situations, which finally swung the balance of the game. In general we concede too many goals in the dying minutes of the games, and that’s not by accident. Four gouls should be enough to beat an opponent, and we could have even scored more.