Conceding both early and late on in the first half, VfL lost at home against SC Paderborn. Zolinski benefited from Bochum’s carelessness in the first minute, and Sven Michel on 44 minutes. Bochum were much improved after the break and tried to fight their way back into the game. Consequently, Hinterseer got one back after 78 minutes. However, the crowd of 16,033 supporters were not to see a Bochum equaliser. Paderborn bagged the three points.
After the defeat at Sandhausen, Bochum were determined to focus on the upcoming home match against a Paderborn side which had recently been on top (goal-scoring) form. On the previous matchday, Paderborn had given Fürth a 6-0 drubbing and in the following week they had kicked Duisburg out of the DFB Cup, qualifying for the quarter-finals with a 3-1 victory. So they came to Vonovia Ruhrstadion brimming with confidence. In contrast, Bochum were keen to make up for their weak second half performance against Sandhausen. For that purpose, coach Robin Dutt changed his starting line-up in three positions – Patrick Fabian, Tom Weilandt (both injured) and Simon Zoller were replaced by Dominik Baumgartner, Chung Yong Lee and Robbie Kruse, the latter two having completed their Asian Cup duties. Due to his red card suspension, Silvère Ganvoula had to surrender his place on the bench to U19 player Moritz Römling. Paderborn coach Baumgart trusted the eleven players that had easily beaten Fürth last weekend, having changed his side in three positions in the midweek cup match.
Both teams have been known for their fondness to play attacking football and so the fans were hoping for an offensive spectacle and goals aplenty. This hope turned out to be well-founded after only 30 seconds – unfortunately on the wrong side of the pitch. Kai Prögger carried the ball forward on the right side, stumbled and the ball fell to Ben Zolinski who intended to pass the ball to Sven Michel. His pass was blocked, however Zolinski got hold of the ball again and fired an unstoppable curling ball in off the far post. Bochum responded well and almost equalised when Tesche’s header cannoned off the crossbar after Lee’s corner kick on 3 minutes. There were more chances on both sides in the opening minutes of the match, but neither Paderborn’s Philipp Klement and Bernard Tekpetey nor Bochum’s Kruse managed to get their attempts on target. Incidentally, Bochum somehow struggled with the strong headwind for the duration of the first half.
Continuous pressing from both sides meant that the ball continuously went up and down the pitch. The next opportunity was created by Paderborn. They stole the ball near the box and Sebastian Vasiliadis’ low shot was saved well by Riemann on 20 minutes. On the other side of the pitch, Bochum’s Kruse was serviced by Lee, but his attempt from a very narrow angle didn’t get past Leopold Zingerle. Paderborn’s goalkeeper was again the centre of attention a minute later when Sidney Sam played a neat through ball to Hinterseer, who collided with Zingerle when he tried to get to the ball. This earned Hinterseer the first booking of the match, even though the Bochum striker had certainly not behaved recklessly in this situation. Only a few minutes later Tim Hoogland only just missed a brisk free-kick by Sam and Zingerle eventually got hold of the ball.
Paderborn remained a constant threat. Sven Michel’s stinging effort came off the crossbar on 32 minutes, with Riemann getting the slightest of touches on the ball. Michel found himself in the limelight again two minutes later when he received the ball after a corner kick, turned and just missed the goal. Then, Lee was ready to break but was tactically fouled by Mohamed Dräger, who duly received a yellow card. Similarly, a Paderborn break was cut short by Hoogland’s foul and Klement’s free-kick from a promising position went just wide of the left post after 41 minutes. Three minutes later, Danilo Soares lost the ball needlessly but Tekpetey fired the ball past the left post. Unfortunately, there was more to come as Baumgartner dropped a real clanger. His back-pass to Riemann was too short and Michel accepted the present, putting Paderborn 2-0 in front just before half-time.
There were no substitutions after the break. Bochum created the first chance when Lee’s free-kick whizzed past friend and foe and Zingerle had to make an effort to stop the ball from hitting the net. VfL tried to pile on the pressure but when Paderborn threatened to break, Anthony Losilla had to foul Tekpetey and was duly booked. Dutt’s team showed character as it could be felt that they had not given themselves up and were determined to score an early goal in the second half. Cross after cross fizzed into the Paderborn area and they looked increasingly threatening but the Paderborn defence always managed to make the crucial block. There were no clear chances for Bochum but Paderborn were limited to defensive work now. Consequently, Baumgart made his first substitution. Zolinksi was replaced by Babacar Guèye after 58 minutes. Two minutes later, Bochum had their first clear chance. Sam passed the ball to Kruse, whose touch was a bit too heavy which gave Zingerle the opportunity to thwart the Bochum attacker.
Dutt now decided to strengthen his attack and replaced Tesche with Sebastian Meier on 61 minutes. But gradually, Paderborn managed to put an end to Bochum’s domination and Dutt made the decision to go all out substituting Sam for Simon Zoller after 67 minutes. Still, Bochum weren’t able to revive the pressure built up after the break possibly due to the fact that several players had to be tended to on the pitch. After 72 minutes, Zoller had his first opportunity after he had received the ball from Kruse but his effort was mishit and posed no real threat to Zingerle. Five minutes later, Paderborn made their second substitution and replaced Pröger with Christopher Antwi-Ajei.
Out of the blue, Hinterseer then scored for Bochum. Lee brought in the cross, Zoller flicked the ball on and the Austrian striker only had to tap in at the far post on 78 minutes. Bochum had ten minutes left to score the equaliser. Baumgart strengthened his defensive line and replaced Klement with Klaus Gjasula after 81 minutes. Paderborn’s Zingerle and Tekpetey were booked for timewasting and arguing with the official. Bochum threw everything at their opponents, but they lacked ‘punch’. There were four more minutes of injury time but it wasn’t to be. Bochum suffered the second loss in a row and remain in eighth place in the table. Next Saturday they play Ingolstadt away from home.