The very first encounter between 1. FC Magdeburg and VfL Bochum 1848 did not produce a winner. VfL dominated at the start, with the hosts eventually getting into the match towards the end of the first half which led to a balanced match after the break. Bochum’s best opportunities fell to Lukas Hinterseer and Tom Weilandt in front of 22,252 spectators, but the game ended in a goalless draw, thus preserving Dutt’s side’s streak of seven undefeated games in a row.

VfL head coach Robin Dutt stuck with the same squad as in their 2-1 home win over Aue for our match at MDCC arena, but there was a change in the starting line-up: Chung Yong Lee replaced youngster Görkem Saglam on a rather battered playing surface. Magdeburg coach Michael Oenning, formerly a VfL Bochum U19 coach, also made one change to his starting line-up in the wake of Magdeburg’s last-minute defeat at Fürth, with Laprévotte coming in in place of Rother.

The game began in front of an empty Magdeburg home terrace, with many home supporters joining the league-spanning protests by initially staying outside the stadium. On the pitch, Robin Dutt's side sought to take control, but FCM midfielder Laprévotte had the first go at goal with his long-range shot ballooning over Manuel Riemann's goal after four minutes. Two minutes later, Tom Weilandt seemed to be clean through on Magdeburg keeper Alexander Brunst, but referee Robert Kempter claimed to have seen an unfair challenge on Dennis Erdmann.

On eight minutes, VfL had their first huge chance through Lukas Hinterseer. After a nice link-up down the right wing Sam passed to the Austrian whose swerving shot towards the upper right corner of the goal was narrowly tipped away by goalie Brust. When the FCM home stand filled after ten minutes, the home supporters saw their team’s second chance of the match. Beck set up Türpitz, whose volley from 20 yards flew well clear of the left post. Hinterseer's second good opportunity followed shortly after: Gyamerah pulled back a cross from the by-line and in the centre, our striker controlled the ball with his right foot before turning and shooting with his left - just over the bar! The same was true for Hoogland's shot following a corner on 18 minutes.

With the match slowing down now, the next chance came ten minutes later when a corner by Lee was helped on by Tesche at the near post to an unmarked Jan Gyamerah, who saw his header fly well over the crossbar. Four minutes later, Lee was given a dubious booking for a foul in midfield. His fifth yellow card of the season means that he will be missing our home game next Monday against FC St. Pauli.

On an increasingly wearing pitch, the hosts were now taking control of the match and five minutes before the interval Beck missed the best chance for Magdeburg. Türpitz put his captain through, but Beck’s shot was blocked by Soares for the ball to hit the outside netting. The subsequent corner was met by an FCM player and helped on towards the Bochum goal, but the Bochum goalkeeper collected it easily on 40 minutes. Two minutes later Riemann had to do considerably more when the VfL goalkeeper just got his fingertips to Weil’s shot from 20 yards to protect the 0-0 half-time score.

With neither team making any substitutions, it took VfL Bochum just five minutes to create their first chance of the second half. Lee’s free-kick from midfield found Hoogland on the edge of the box but his dangerous effort was deflected for corner. Bochum’s best chance of the match fell to the usually so reliable Weilandt after 58 minutes when Lee stuck the ball through to find “Hille” to the left of the Magdeburg goal for our attacker to drill the ball past Brunst but also past the goal.

Magdeburg replied with a counter-attack from Müller intercepting a pass by Celozzi, carrying the ball through midfield and finding Lohkemper but the Magdeburg forward failed to find two unmarked teammates, hitting a wayward effort well wide of Riemann’s goal, handing an outnumbered Bochum defence a lucky escape.

From about the 70th minute, VfL Bochum enjoyed more possession without creating anything meaningful apart from a tame Gyamerah effort on 70 minutes. Magdeburg looked more threatening now and after 77 minutes another fast break found Beck who shot on the turn and hit a Bochum defender from close range. Four minutes later, it was the FCM skipper again who found himself in plenty of space at the far post to control the ball but fortunately was unable to hit the target.

VfL head coach Robin Dutt took a last roll of the dice by introducing Ganvoula for Sam to add some firepower to his tiring attack and the substitute obliged by hitting a cross from the left flank into the FCM box where Lee knocked it on to Hinterseer. In a move summarising the whole match, our top scorer got to the ball and let fly, only to see his effort blocked one more time and the game conclude in a goalless draw.

In a game matching the teams fourth and fifth in the Bundesliga 2 table, VfL Bochum 1848 face FC St Pauli at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion on Monday, 10 December, 8:30 pm, for our final home match of 2018.

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