VfL Bochum 1848 managed to put an end to the recent run of defeats and earn a hard-fought point away from home in Dresden 2:2. Lukas Hinterseer (11th minute) and Milos Pantovic (14th minute) managed to get VfL off to the best possible start, however through Atik (33rd minute) and later Nikolaou (59th minute) the hosts denied Robin Dutt’s side leaving the Rudolf-Harbig-Stadium with all three points.  

VfL were looking to bounce back after suffering four consecutive defeats in a pointless February. Miloš Pantović made a return to Robin Dutt’s side after a six-and-a-half-month spell on the sidelines through injury, and Chung-Yong Lee came out of the starting XI to be replaced by Simon Zoller. Sidney Sam did not make the match day squad due to a muscle problem.

VfL got off to the best possible start. Two goals in two minutes stunned the home crowd and new Dynamo Dresden manager, Cristian Fiel, as Robin Dutt’s side were too hot to handle in the opening fifteen minutes. The deadlock was broken after only 10 minutes as Lukas Hinterseer cleverly managed to beat the Dynamo Dresden offside trap after a long punt up from the Bochum defence. He managed to keep his composure and coolly slot the ball past Markus Schubert from close range.  

Miloš Pantović doubled VfL’s lead four minutes later and marked his comeback from injury in style. The former Bayern Munich forward reacted first to convert the rebound after brilliant play from Lukas Hinterseer. The Austrian had his effort well saved from close range by Schubert, however Pantović was on hand to powerfully guide the ball home in to the bottom corner and the back of the net.

The perfect start for Rubin Dutt’s side, a tough wake up call for Cristian Fiel in his first game in charge of the club since being appointed on a permeant basis. The hosts were looking for their first win of 2019 and came back in to the game after half an hour. In front of 28,153 spectators Dynamo fortuitously pulled one back just after the half hour mark through Barış Atik. Niklas Kreuzer did well to beat Patrick Fabian and whip in a cross, however there was an element of luck as it glanced off a Bochum head before hitting Atik and flying in to the Bochum goal. Not that Atik or the home faithful cared, the goal lifted the roof off the Rudolf-Harbig-Stadium, game on.

VfL nearly extended their two goal cushion through Simon Zoller, however Jannik Müller was on the line to clear the ball off the line in the nick of time. Zoller had done well to clance a Bochum corner goalwards, however his effort just lacked the pace to take it past Müller and over the line. A huge chance for VfL, however Dresden’s brave defence stood tall and kept the ball out.

Both sides remained unchanged in the second half as Robin Dutt hoped that Bochum would repeat their heroics of the opening fifteen minutes in the first half. This was not the case as Cristian Fiel’s side came out with a newfound sense of enthusiasm and intensity.

There was an element of controversy with Dresden’s equaliser. Danilo Soares collided with a Dresden player and was knocked unconscious, however the referee decided against awarding a free kick and instead awarded a Dresden corner. A strange decision. To add insult to injury the hosts scored from the resulting corner. Jannis Nikolaou’s header deflected off Benatelli and went the opposite way as Riemann, fortuitously putting the hosts back on level terms.

Soares later had to make way due to his head injury, being replaced with Moritz Römling whereas Dutt also swapped Pantovic for Chung-Yong Lee. The final twenty minutes lacked any clear-cut chances as the majority of the game was contested in midfield. Manu Riemann had to be alert in the 90th minute to deny Möschl stealing all three points for the hosts, however he managed to tip the ball over the crossbar.

In the end the game finished 2:2. VfL can have mixed feelings about the result after throwing away a two goal lead. The result, however, ends VfL’s run of four consecutive defeats and earns us our first point of the new month. The lads are back at it again on Friday at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion as we host 1. FC Heidenheim and hope to get back to winning ways again.

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