It was a bad day for VfL as they were beaten 3-0 in their away game against SV Sandhausen. An unlucky and weak second half followed a strong first half performance with clear chances to go in front. In the end, the home team was more clinical upfront and took advantage of mistakes in the Bochum defence. Knipping, Wooten and Schleusener got their names on the score sheet for Sandhausen.

This match day, VfL Bochum 1848 were guests at the Hardtwald stadium to face currently 16th-placed SV Sandhausen with 13 points on their account so far. Compared to the 2-1 home win over Duisburg this Tuesday, VfL manager Robin Dutt made a single change to his starting XI: experienced Tim Hoogland replaced new signing Dominik Baumgartinger as central defender. Baumgartinger took his place on the subs’ bench while youngster Moritz Römling had to stay in Bochum. The home team who suffered a tight 2-1 defeat against Hamburger SV this Wednesday, made two changes to their starting line-up: Karl and Schleusener took the places of Paqarada and Kulovits.

VfL were the dominating team in the opening stages in front of 5,524 spectators and though both teams tried to push forward constantly. Sandhausen’s Diekmeier had the first chance of the game but his shot was harmless. After twelve minutes, VfL had their first big chance of the day. A splendid pass by Weilandt was received by Zoller who forwarded the ball into the box with first Hinterseer and then Sam trying to put the ball behind the line from short distance. Following that, Weilandt tried his luck with a volley that was deflected by Hinterseer and finally the ball went wide.

In the following, the match lacked highlights and proper goalscoring opportunities on both sides. After 25 minutes, a free kick by Sam flew towards the far post but neither Hoogland nor Tesche were able to reach the ball. It took almost another twenty minutes until Bochum created their next decent chance to score but unfortunately Weilandt’s shot missed its target in the 42nd minute. Bochum tried to push for the opener before the halftime whistle but a number of chances remained unused. Consequently, the first half ended goalless.

While Bochum returned to the pitch unchanged, the home team decided to bring on a new player. Paqarada replaced Diekmann. VfL pushed forward and Sandhausen came under pressure, which almost resulted in an own goal by a Sandhausen defender following a cross by Tesche. Unfortunately, keeper Schuhen was on the spot to defuse the header. On the opposite side of the pitch, Knipping was more clinical. Gislason’s corner kick flew into the box and the Sandhausen striker won the aerial duel against two Bochum players. VfL keeper Riemann, who rushed off the line tried to reach the ball was chanceless – 1-0 for the home team in the 54th minute. Certainly a goal out of the blue.

Bochum tried to hit back and created a couple of chances in the following. A neat counter attack via Sam and the both substitutes Maier and Ganvoula had not been converted neither was Sam able to hit the back of the net seconds later. It was an open game now with chances on both sides. Following a corner for the away team, Sandhausen extended their lead: keeper Schuhen played a long pass towards Wooten who benefitted from a mistake by Fabian and suddenly appeared unmarked in front of Bochum’s keeper Riemann. Wooten reacted quickly and managed to lob the ball past Riemann to make it 2-0 after 75 minutes.

For the final fifteen minutes, Bochum had to try everything in order to change the game in their favour. Unfortunately, this effort was not rewarded. Hinterseer could have scored the 2-1 but defender Verlaat deflected his header in the 79th minute. Five minutes before the final whistle, VfL weakened themselves as Ganvoula was sent off after committing an unnecessary assault. In the 90th minute, Sandhausen even extended their lead as Schleusener scored the third and final goal of the day.

A bad day for VfL. The next game will be kicked off at 13.00 CET next Saturday when Bochum are facing SC Paderborn on home soil.