What a second half! VfL Bochum 1848 beat 1. FC Magdeburg 4:2 at Castroper Straße, with five of the six goals coming after the half-time break. Silvère Ganvoula put the Blue and Whites ahead just before the break during a very intense and cagey first half. After the interval VfL kicked on and doubled their league through Dominik Baumgartner on the 50th minute. Later, Tom Weilandt marked his comeback in style and put Bochum in the driving seat in the 61st minute. Magdeburg got one back through Bülter, however Weilandt stopped any comeback by getting his second of the game in style in the 84th minute. The visitors got a consolation goal three minutes later through Beck, however Robin Dutt’s side held out for a deserved three points at home.   

For VfL’s penultimate home game of the campaign, the lads welcomed 1. FC Magdeburg on the 32nd matchday. Looking at the table, Magdeburg, who made their first ever visit in the Vonovia Ruhrstadion, were practically forced to score further points. The first leg ended in a goalless draw. VfL Bochum 1848 started from a more comfortable position, being 11th in the table with 9 points in front of FCM before kick-off.

Manager Robin Dutt claimed a strong reaction to last week’s last minute away loss against FC Erzgebirge Aue and therefore changed his starting line-up on four positions: Stelios Kokovas, Tim Hoogland, Robert Tesche and Görkem Saglam were replaced by Jannik Bandowski, Patrick Fabian, Thomas Eisfeld and Silvère Ganvoula. Moreover, Tom Weilandt found himself back on the subs bench. This meant VfL set out with two strikers from the onset. Visitors’ manager, Michael Oenning, had to go without former VfL player Timo Perthel and Rico Preißinger, due to a yellow card suspension. Furthermore, fully recovered Alexander Brunst returned between the sticks for Mario Seidel.

While the first five minutes mainly took place in the centre of the pitch, the visiting side marked their first chance after a corner kick – but Jan Kirchhoff’s header went wide (6‘). Another effort was missed by Kirchhoff (10‘) as he was not able to shoot properly on target. Right afterwards, VfL recorded their first attempt, but Ganvoula’s powerful shot (11‘) was saved by Brunst. It was the expected intense and contested battle with numerous tackles and fouls. In the following minutes VfL missed further reasonable chances by Ganvoula (16‘) and Eisfeld (26‘). The 17,339 crowd in the stadium witnessed a match with two sides struggling for a structured build-up.

Ganvoula strikes again

Just like the rather poor course of the game, the weather got worse and rain set in. However, five minutes before halftime VfL fans had a cause for celebration: A long pass by Riemann was controlled by Hinterseer, who immediately flicked the ball on to Ganvoula. The striker acted quite cool and slot home (42‘). Halftime score: VfL 1, Magdeburg 0.

Baumgartner and Hille score

Before the restart, manager Dutt changed Fabian with Hoogland replacing him, no changes in the FCM lineup. In the first minutes of the second half the lads could gain their momentum and scored again! A brilliant freekick by Pantovic was headed home by Baumgartner (52‘). A couple of minutes later, Pantovic left the pitch, Weilandt was sent on (59‘) – and “Hille” needed only another two minutes two score: his fine lob over the keeper hit the back of the net (61‘).

Magdeburg get one back – and get going

Still, Magdeburg did not give up and actually got one back –  Bülter scored (65‘). After a pretty dull first half, there was so much more going on in the second one. Both teams kept on attacking and recorded several remarkable efforts. Initially without being successful. In the 77th minute Dutt made his last substitution and replaced Hinterseer by Saglam.

Weilandt seals the deal

With around ten minutes plus additional time left for Magdeburg – and they kept trying. But it was not the way it should be for FCM, as Bochum sealed the deal after another impressive goal from Weilandt (84‘) – what a stunning comeback. Although Magdeburg managed to pull one back again, Christian Beck’s shot crossed the goalline (87‘), VfL winded the 4-2 result down the clock and racked up a deserved win. While the lads climb to position 10 in the table, it will be a tight squeeze for FCM to stay in the league.