VfL Bochum 1848 took another important step with a 5-1 over Jahn Regensburg after being 1-0 down thanks to goals from Tesche, Holtmann, Zulj, Ganvoula and an own goal.

After four home matches without a win against SSV Jahn Regensburg, VfL Bochum broke the deadlock in a crucial match at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion. Head coach Thomas Reis had to replace the injured Gamboa by pulling back Herbert Bockhorn and rotating Tarsis Bonga into the starting eleven.

VfL Bochum dominated the opening spell but it took them 16 minutes before Bella Kotchap helped a corner-kick on but Robert Tesche saw the ball too late and could not keep it down. Just one minute later, Zulj put Holtmann through on the left but Zoller could not connect with the cross.

Jahn Regensburg had numerous players behind the ball but tried to break forward whenever possible. In the 26 minute, Beste shook off Bonga before hitting a pin-point cross into the middle where Andreas Albers’ header left goalkeeper Drewes no chance. 1-0 to the visitors.

VfL Bochum seemed to be reeling but it took them only three minutes to equalise when that man Tesche stepped up again. Holtmann dribbled into the middle from the left wing, passed to Tesche who let fly from 28 yards and drilled the ball into the top left corner for his eighth goal of the season – not a bad tally for a defensive midfielder!

After 38 minutes, it was 2-1 and Tesche had a hand in it, too, when he hit a long ball into the box where it was headed on by a defender against the legs of Beste who, under pressure from Bonga, steered the ball through his own net. 2-1!

In the interval, Regensburg replaced Albion Vrenezi with Haralambos Makridis but it was a cautious re-start from both teams until the 53 minute when Losilla was shown his tenth yellow card of the season and will now be suspended for our match at Nuremberg.

On 59 minutes, Saller tore his studs down the back of Holtmann’s leg for VAR to send the ref to the video-screen and Stegemann had no option but to send the Jahn defender off. It took VfL Bochum just 80 seconds to capitalise with Zulj carrying the ball down the middle before laying it off for Holtmann to his left who made now mistake and nutmegged the Jahn goalie to make it 3-1.

After 73 minutes, Thomas Reis sent on Thomas Eisfeld and Silvère Ganvoula for Tesche and Bonga with Regensburg replacing Albers with David.

In the 78 minute, Eisfeld curled a free-kick towards the far post where Losilla slid into the ball. Goalkeeper Meyer managed to block the ball but only as far as Zulj who accepted gratefully and smashed the ball home for the 4-1.

VfL Bochum now gave Milos Pantovic, Erhan Masovic and Saulo Decarli well-deserved match time by sending them on for Holtmann, Zulj and Bella Kotchap and the Boys in Floodlight Blue seemed happy to see the match out. But in the 90 minute, Bockhorn powered through down the right before being brought down for a penalty. Silvere Ganvoula put the ball in the bottom right corner to round off a great summer’s day.

VfL Bochum 1848 are now guaranteed a play-off place and need a win or two draws from their final two matches to be absolutely certain to go up to Bundesliga 1. The Boys in Blue need to keep up their concentration for two more weeks – “Auf gehts, VfL!”

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