At the start at least, the first half clearly belonged to Karlsruher SC, before VfL came into the game better. After the interval, Reis' team increased pressure considerably. However, throughout the match, both nets were impenetrable- in part due to strong goalkeeping performances. A point in Wildpark Stadion, VfL are now five games undefeated and have kept a clean sheet for the third successive game.
No changes were made to the starting eleven; after all it didn't go wrong last week! Vitaly Janelt was back in training, but it's still too soon for him to start. Bapoh, Decarli and Blum are still missing, out injured. Below is how the game went.
7' Chance here, amazing stop by Riemann! Gordon is free to header the ball goalward from a corner, but Riemann's outstretched leg blocks the shot!
8' KSC again! Wanitzek shoot from 15 yards - Riemann saves!
12' KSC really putting on pressure in this initial phase! Wanitzek now hits the post!
23' So far it's only KSC who are dangerous here. Again Wanitzek arrives in front of Riemann, but the 'keeper saves again!
34' Early change for us. Milos Pantovic on for Jordi Osei-Tutu. Thomas Reis looks to spark his team into life.
39' SO CLOSE! So close to the lead for VfL! Great move by Soares, he jinxes in and smashes the ball against the underside of the crossbar! It's 1-1 now as to shots against the frame of the goal.
44' VfL get better and better. Ganvoula again. Strong shot but Gordon blocks it behind for a corner!
HT: We were lucky in the initial phase of the game; KSC should have gone in front had it not been for excellent goalkeeping. After the substitution, VfL finally got into the game, with the best opportunity coming from Danilo Soares.
46' What a start to the second half, Ganvoula almost making it 1-0! Uphoff saves well in the one-on-one!
50' Ganvoula again with a top chance! Striker's header saved by Uphoff again!
55' AHHHH SO CLOSE, now Zoller on the turn! Another great save by Uphoff! We're now so close to the lead!
59' Wow, that would've been goal of the month! Pantović from the halfway line goes over Uphoff, but the ball ends up just over the bar!
63' Pantovic chips in the ball but Uphoff jumps higher than Ganvoula.
76' We make a change. The already booked Losilla comes off. Basti Maier comes on.
80' Another change on our side: Zoller leaves the field, Tom Weilandt now on the field.
86' First KSC chance in the second half. Gordon heads just over from 4 yards out.
90+1' Ganvoula once again with three blocked shots, with KSC blocking for dear life and thwarting a goalscoring opportunity!
FT: Clearly better performance after the break. We came out for the second half full steam ahead. Promising chances, but unfortunately KSC were also excellent at the back. In the end the numbers speak for us, and neither team could find the net. We take a point home to the Ruhr.
Thomas Reis (VfL Bochum 1848 head coach): "When one sees both halves, what a crazy game. We started really quite poorly. We wouldn't have been able to complain had we been 2-0 down after half an hour. We had to get a better grip on the game. It was obvious that KSC had brought a strong performance to the pitch, particularly in set-pieces. We defended like we were half-awake at the beginning. Some passes were off the mark, there was no calmness in the game. In the break we tried to correct a few things. We wanted to have more possession, that we could implement immediately. In the phase after the interval we had two, three really good shooting opportunities. It is quite hard to say, whether we've gained a point or lost two. If one sees both halves, we can probably be satisfied with the outcome."
Christian Eichner (Karlsruher SC head coach): "The first fifteen mins came close to being perfect for me. We were nifty, we passionately had the lionshare of the ball. It was a top showing. Unfortunately, the final act of scoring eluded us. We hit the post. We spent all week in the break practicing shooting, perhaps it was simply too much. Sometimes it's inexplicable. A lead would have done us well. We were lucky just before the half [with Danilo's shot]. After half-time, roles were reversed as the away team grew in confidence due to chances. VfL moved the ball well, and our legs were heavy. My tema threw themselves into tackles, and our goalkeeper saved our skins abit. When one looks at the full 90 minutes, the result is okay. We can also be satisfied with a point. I wouldn't mind us both meeting again in thr 2. Bundesliga next season.
Anthony Losilla (VfL Bochum 1848 captain): We were asleep for the first 25 minutes. There was no tempo in us, KSC had many chances. We were lucky to go into the half at 0-0. After the half-time break we were significantly better, but unfortunately we couldn't score. We have to settle for a point. I see it as a positive. But next Wednesday we must show, that we can be wide-awake right from the off.