Home victory for VfL Bochum 1848! The blue and whites ended gameweek 13. with a fully deserved 1-0 victory at home against Darmstadt. Robin Dutt’s eleven were dominant throughout the first half, however not rewarded with a goal. After the break, Tom Weilandt stepped up with an incredible solo-goal for the hosts. The technician picked up the ball on the halfway line, glided past four opponents before precisely placing the ball in to the bottom right of the goal. An incredible effort, nutmegging two defenders in the process!

VfL Bochum 1848 beat Darmstadt 98 under the floodlights at the anne Catropher in a key fixture for the club. For the final game of gameweek 13 in the 2. Bundesliga, Robin Dutt’s side were paid a visit by in-form Darmstadt 98. The winner had the opportunity to move up to fifth, whereas the loser would drop down to twelfth, tight margins. Similar to the Fürth game, VfL head coach Robin Dutt had to make considerable changes to his starting lineup. Chung Young Lee was sidelined after picking up a knock on international duty with South Korea, whereas Timo Perthel (ankle injury) and Baris Ekincier (suspension) also missed out. There was some good news however, VfL were buoyed by the return of Silvère Ganvoula and Stefano Celozzi. The captain moved in to the right-back positon, with Tom Baack moving to the bench.

Despite missing key players, VfL made a strong start to the game. Anthony Losilla came close from long range, forcing a smart save from former VfL goalkeeper Dani Heuer Fernandes. The 12.002 spectators at the Vonovia Ruhr Stadium on their feet crying for a goal, with Hinterseer combining well with Tom Weilandt as VfL came close. The 26-year-old did well to get off a shot under pressure, with Fernandes only managing to the ball behind him. Luckily for the Darmstadt goalkeeper, the ball trickled off the post and was swiftly cleared away from danger. A lucky escape. Moments later the visitors had their first sight of goal, however it was easily saved by Manuel Riemann. The VfL keeper was able to save Serdar Dursun’s headed effort from Joevin Jones’ cross, a routine stop. In return, Sidney Sam tried his best to open the scoring for VfL. After intricate play he set-up Robert Tesche, however the former Nottingham Forest midfielder could only manage to head just over.

Slowly, the Lilies started to come into the game having defended pressure from the Blue and Whites. They threatened on the break, with VfL defending erratically from time to time. Tobias Kempre picked up the first yellow the card of the evening after an ill-timed challenge. Moments after Dr. Martin Thomesen brandished the yellow card, VfL’s Robert Tesche went close. This time, his effort was on target, forcing a smart stop from Heuer Fernandes. That was the last notable action of the first half, with the two sides deservedly going in level at the break after a cagey and dogged opening 45 minutes.

After a few half-chances, Tom Weilandt opened the scoring in emphatic fashion with one of the best goals VfL will score all year. The technician came up with the goods in the 62nd minute, scoring a brilliant solo effort. Weilandt picked up the ball in his own half, shrugged off one Darmstadt defender before effortlessly gliding past two Darmstadt midfielders. After carefully working the ball on to his stronger right foot, the 26-year-old made no mistake from the edge of the box slotting the ball home via the legs of two hopeless Darmstadt defenders. A brilliant goal, a deserved goal. It was the fifth goal of the season for Bochum’s number 14. SVD’s coach reacted bringing on Johannes Wurtz, a familiar face at Bochum, with Mehlem giving way for the former VfL striker.

Dutt also made his first change, replacing Sidney Sam with Görkem Saglam. With the deadlock broken, VfL managed to retain possession, whilst stay wary of any Darmstadt advances. The hosts defended well and kept chances to the minimum, with Manu Riemann spectating for the majority of the second half. With full concentration, Bochum managed to cling on to the narrow victory, unlike previous weeks. Veteran defender Patrick Fabian came on for the final moments of the game in place of Robbie Kruse, solidifying the defence and ensuring that VfL did not throw away two precious points.

Dutt’s side hung on for a memorable victory at home against tough opposition. The result sees VfL move up to 5th place in the table, whereas Darmstadt stay in 13th. Dutt and his men will hope to kick on and build momentum when they host FC Erzgebirge Aue e.V. this Saturday at the Ruhrstadion.