Wild closing minutes at the Böllenfalltor in Darmstadt. Having taken the lead through Robert Tesche on 74 minutes, VfL Bochum 1848 let seemingly secure three points slip when Darmstadt 98 turned the match around with goals from Clemens on 79 and Dursun on 81 and 86 minutes.

After the pursuers had dropped points in an action-packed week, the away match with Darmastadt 98 seemed like a match-point for the Boys in Midnight Blue but they were facing a team on an unbeaten streak of eight matches. VfL head coach Thomas Reis brought in Danilo Soares at left-back moving Herbert Bockhorn forward to the left wing and rotating Danny Blum to the bench with Patrick Drewes filling in for the injured Manuel Riemann in goal.

The gloves came off from the start with attempts at both ends but the first serious threat came from a corner-kick which found Erich Berko whose shot went narrowly wide of the goal after 11 minutes.

Darmstadt 98 were determined to stifle VfL’s technical possession game and it showed when Cristian Gamboa stormed down the right wing only to be scythed down by Holland for a yellow card after 14 minutes.

Eight minutes later, Gerrit Holtmann wriggled his way past three defenders but his cut-back cross was intercepted by 98 goalkeeper Schuhen. After 20 minutes, the intensity of the match slackened with VfL enjoying most of the possession but Darmstadt looking more dangerous.

In the 34minutes, Victor Palsson‘s goal-bound shot was blocked to prevent what seemed a certain goal but on the whole it was no surprise when first half ended 0-0.

After the break, it took the hosts just two minutes to create the best chance of the match so far when Berko kept his head in the Bochum box to pick out Dursun near the penalty spot. The leading goal scorer in Bundesliga 2 found a gap but Patrick Drewes dived to his right to push the wall away – great save!

Now it was Herbert Bockhorn’s turn to take centre stage. In the 57 minute, Bader received the second yellow card of the match when he decided pulling the winger’s shirt was the only way to stop him and a minute later Bockhorn received the ball from Tesche in a promising position in the box but his first touch let him down.

On 60 minutes, Bockhorn was replaced with Danny Blum and five minutes later, Darmstadt coach Markus Anfang introduced fresh attacking power by sending on Tobias Kempe and Mathias Honsak for Marvin Mehlem and Skarke as well as Christian Clemens in place of Berko six minutes later.

But it was the visitors taking the lead when it was that man Tesche once more who scored with an excellent volley from an acute angle after a deflected corner-kick. 1-0 after 74 minutes!

Unfortunately, the hosts had the last laugh and their subs had a hand in it, too. Kempe forced his way down the left before passing into the middle where Clemens rushed on to the ball to drive it past Drewes after 79 minutes.

Darmstadt had Bochum on the ropes and it took them less than two minutes to make it count. After intercepting a pass by Zulj, the released Honsak through the middle. He carried the ball through midfield before releasing it to Dursun who made no mistake and slotted the ball home from twelve yards.

Bochum tried to hit back with Blum sprinting down the wing before hitting a treacherous cross which was narrowly missed by Zoller in front of goal but, to add insult to injury, Blum stayed down with a suspected pulled calf muscle and had to be replaced by Silvère Ganvoula.

With VfL desperately pushing for the equaliser, Clemens had all the time in the world to it a cross from the right which was headed home by the totally unmarked Dursun again – 3-1!

VfL Bochum now have twelve days to relax and refocus before our home match versus Jahn Regensburg on Sunday, 9 May at 1:30 pm.

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