Lukas Hinterseer’s 90th minute winner was enough to secure all three points and his hat-trick as Robin Dutt’s side came from behind to beat SpVgg Greuther Fürth in front of 17,344 fans at Castroper Straße. Ernst (6’) and Seguin (36’) put the visitors ahead twice in the first half, however Lukas Hinterseer’s hat-trick (13’, 53’, 90’) was enough to secure victory and end the Herbert Grönemeyer curse. 

The Bochum faithful were in for a treat before matchday 29 as local legend Herbert Grönemeyer was in town to perform our pre-match song ‘Bochum’. He was a guest of the club and Amazon Music as he performed on the pitch before taking his seat up in the commentary box. He wished the team good luck prior to kick off, however noted how his two previous visits have ended in defeat, not on this occasion.  

Robin Dutt made just the one change from the starting eleven which came out second best away in Bavaria against Jahn Regensburg. Thomas Eisfeld replaced Robert Tesche in midfield, with the core of the team remaining unchanged. Nine players were unavailable for selection, with Danilo Soares, Jan Gyamerah, Vitaly Janelt, Maxim Leitsch, Jannik Bandowski, Sebastian Maier, Robbie Kruse, Sidney Sam and Simon Zoller all missing out.  

It was our visitors from the south who made the brighter start to the game. Fürth captain Maro Caligiuri rose well to win the header from the corner and force Manu Riemann into a magnificent acrobatic save in the Bochum goal. Unfortunately for Riemann, Sebastian Ernst reacted first to his save and was on hand to gratefully head home from three yards out. His first goal of the campaign, not an ideal start. 

Inspired by a vocal Ostkurve, VfL rallied and came back in to the game. Fürth had their goalkeeper to thank as he did brilliantly to deny our Blue Dragon, Chung-Yong Lee. The winger did well to beat the defender a win the header, however Sascha Burchert did well to react and tip the ball away from danger and eventually out for a corner. 

Our team in blue and white deservedly reduced the deficit to cap off an encapsulating opening time minutes at the Ruhrstadion. Chung-Yong Lee managed to get past two Fürth players before finding Lukas Hinterseer six yards out from goal. He managed to turn the defender and poke the ball past Burchert for his 15th goal of the season after 12 minuts. More than deserved considering how Dutt’s side responses to the early goal.  

Bochum instantly pushed on and were already causing problems in the Fürth defence after the restart. Again, Lukas Hinterseer was at the centre of the action causing Burchert and his fellow defenders a headache. His powerful header was this time well stopped by the 29-year-old who reacted well to parry the ball to safety. 

With both teams playing open and expansive football chances were aplenty, with the visitors enjoying their luck on the break. Manu Riemann, one of VfL’s standout performers this afternoon, had to be on hand to bail out his teammates after sloppy defending. He bravely stood up to Sebastian Ernst before winning the battle of wits and keeping his shot out, denying him his second of the game. 

Riemann could only keep the visitors at bay for so long, however Greuther Fürth’s second of the game came in slightly controversial circumstances as the assist referee was needed to determine whether or not the ball had crossed the line. Fabian Reese again caused problems down the right hand side, as he got his second assist of the game. His lofted cross was met by Paul Seguin, whose effort managed to just creep over the line despite Manu Riemann’s best efforts. Our goalkeeper was booked for remonstrating the decision, however replays show that the ball just crept over the line, the correct decision. 

Robin Dutt made the one change during half-time, with Dominik Baumgartner replacing Tim Hoogland at the heart of the VfL defence in a tactical switch. Whatever Dutt said at half-time worked too, as his side were on level terms just seven minutes after the restart. Our South Korean international, Chung-Yong Lee, got his second assist of the afternoon as he combined well with Hinterseer. Lee threaded through a perfectly weighted pass, which Hinterseer read well as he did a step over before calmly slotting the ball past Burchert. It was our number 16’s 16th goal of the season, and his second of the game. 

Encouraged by the 17,344 Bochum fans, Dutt’s side continued to press and cause Stefan Leitl’s side problems. Robert Tesche replaced Thomas Eisfeld as Bochum started to gain more confidence and retain more and more possession. Talentwerk academy graduate Görkem Saglam came close as his curling effort just went over, the writing was on the wall. 

Just as VfL impressed going forward, Fürth were always dangerous on the break. Manu Riemann was needed to make a string of fine saves to keep the score level. After 66 minutes he did well to win the battle of wits and deny Fabian Resse from a one on one situation, a vital save. 

The goal was coming, however it was looking increasingly unlikely as Sascha Burchert had a fine game and succeeded in frustrating the Bochum faithful behind his goal in the Ostkurve. VfL captain Anthony Losilla tried his luck with an ambitious effort from 20 yards out, however the 29-year-old managed to get the faintest of fingertips on the ball as he sent the ball wide of the post and out for a corner kick. 

Just as both sets of supporters expected the 24th meeting between the two clubs to end as a draw, the most common result between the two clubs, Lukas Hinterseer popped up with his third of the game to the delight of the home crowd. Chung-Yong Lee floated in a pinpoint cross, which was met by Milos Pantovic as he managed to square the ball to Hinterseer. Our number 16 made no mistake from two yards out as he smashed the ball home to secure all three points. It was his third of the game and 17th of the season, not bad.

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