Despite being 1-0 up on five minutes and playing 11 versus 10 for the final half-hour, VfL Bochum 1848 will have to travel back from their away match with Eintracht Braunschweig without anything to show for. Simon Zoller’s lead was cancelled out by goals of Fabio Kaufmann and Nick Proschwitz to vive the hosts their first Bundesliga 2 win in well over two years.

VfL Bochum took the initiative and they didn’t have to wait long for their reward when Zulj drove a low cross from the left for Simon Zoller to run on to and nutmeg former Bochum player Felix Dornebusch. A great start to the game for the visitors!

Just six minutes later, Losilla an Zulj linked up in midfield before passing the ball wide to Blum who in turn crossed towards Zulj but the playmaker’s glancing header went just wide. In the 14 minute, it was Blum who dribbled into the box from the wing again before having a go, but Dornebusch saved.

Eintracht gradually clawed their way back into the match and it did not take them long to equalise when Kobylanski stayed in possession despite Lampropoulos challenging him before leaving the ball to Kaufmann who hit a low shot in the far corner of the VfL goal. 1-1 after 23 minutes.

On 29 minutes, Dornebusch punched a long cross only as far as Gamboa who let fly from about 30 yards but saw his effort blocked in the box. The referee waved play on – no handball.

Four minutes later, Leitsch got to the ball from a Bochum corner and passed it towards the edge of the box from where Losilla tried to lob the goalie but his effort went over the bar.

Down the other end, Eintracht had two near-identical situations when Ben Balla carried the ball through midfield but his shot from 18 yards was too tame before Kobylanski did much better but his effort zoomed past the past.

Eintracht kept up the pressure after the break and went close when Riemann missed a corner-kick for the ball to find Nikolaou but the latter was judged to have committed a foul on a defender – a narrow escape for the away team.

It took VfL a good ten minutes after the interval to come forward again when Blum drew a foul by Nikolaou in a central position for a yellow card to the defender and a VfL free-kick which came to nothing.

On the hour, it was a red card to Eintracht keeper Dornebusch who blocked a long ball chased by Ganvoula outside his box with his arm and it was 10 against 11 from then on.

On 67 minutes, Kroos almost caught Riemann off his guard with a shot from the half-way line which resulted in a corner-kick to the hosts. The ball was met in the air by veteran striker Proschwitz who powerfully headed in for the Braunschweig lead. That was completely unnecessary!

VfL head coach Thomas Reis threw Novothny, Pantovic and Eisfeld on for additional attacking power for the last fifteen minutes and his team got close when Eisfeld played a neat little through ball to Novothny who let fly with his left foot from about ten yards but substitute keeper Fejzic brought his arm up in an explosive reaction to block the ball.

Six minutes added time was awarded but it could, and maybe should, have been twice that with the hosts running down the clock. Braunschweig defended with determination and the referee ended the match with no further additions for an utterly disappointing first defeat of the season for VfL Bochum.

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