VfL Bochum 1848 got ever so close to their first victory this season. Until the 88th minute, the Blue and Whites were leading through an own goal by the visitors. Then Maina, who came on as a substitute, scored the equaliser. In the end, the team of caretaker coach Heiko Butscher had to console themselves with a point.

Floodlight match on matchday 7: VfL Bochum 1848 faced 1. FC Köln on Sunday evening. It was the first match in this season for caretaker coach Heiko Butscher who made four changes compared to the game at Schalke. Ordets and debutant Tim Oermann replaced Lampropoulos and Masovic. Förster was replaced by Osterhage, Holtmann took over on the left wing from the injured Asano.

This is how the game went:

1' Kick-off anne Castroper!

4' Gambo's first attempt at a cross. Cologne can clear it but this might be the way to go.

5' Holtmann crosses. Zoller tees up for Gamboa. He shoots, the ball flies over to the left!

8' Important! Kainz has space, is already in the box! But Gambo slides in and blocks.
9' GOOOAL for VfL! Holtmann dashes down the left and cuts the ball back into the centre. Hector tries to clear the ball but hits Schmitz. The ball is in!

12' Nice! Ordets throws himself into two Cologne shots! That's the way!

15' Soldo gets to the ball, heads towards the box. But Skhiri is in the way. Therefore offside. At the moment, things are going well for us ...

19' Big chance for the Blue and Whites! A great ball from Stöger to Osterhage, who passes the ball on to Holtmann. Holtmann lets fly and the ball hits the left post!

22' Dangerous! Ljubicic shoots from distance, just wide of the goal.

29' Corner-kick Hector at the far post. But Riemann and Gamboa don't have to intervene.

32' Kainz again from distance, the ball goes wide of the right post.
34' Soares is unbelievable. After such a long injury break, he is right back in familiar mode. Slides in and keeps his cool on the pitch. How we need this man!

39' Lucky. A free-kick to the edge of the six-yard box. We pull away and Skhiri is unmarked at the back. But it's offside anyway.

40' Corner for us now. Hübers has his arm on it, but it's not enough for the ref...

41' Two corners in a row for us, but Cologne are there. We stay in possession of the ball.

Half-time break: Finally a half-time lead! A good feeling! Cologne are dangerous, but we are ahead by one goal and it doesn't matter that it was an own goal. After all, we had this bad luck last week.

46' Substitution in the interval. Osei-Tutu comes on for Holtmann.

48' They are right back. Free kick from Stöger to Zoller but intercepted. But we stay on the ball. Osterhage helps the ball on but Hofmann can't reach it.

50' A great chance to counter-attack. Another brilliant pass from Stöger. Jordi chases it, but is offside. Osterhage would have been better, he was also very close.

55' Strong play by Jordi, he gets to the pass from Soares. The boy has real speed!

58' Hofmann has a great chance, takes a left-footed shot from distance! Unfortunately, it just misses the far post.

60' There is real fire in the game!

62' Short injury. Jordi and Schmitz have crashed into each other in an aerial duel, but both can continue.

63' The visitors make three changes. Schindler, Maina and Martel come on.

64' A great chance for Cologne. Maina heads at goal. A great save by our number 1 - Riemann secures the lead! The flag goes up, but it still looked great!

68' Gamboa bursts forward and is knocked over by Hübers. He gets the first caution of the day. Deserved.

72' That was a good chance! Hofmann to Stöger, nice pass to Jordi! He tries to cross, but it would have been better to finish.

74' Double substitution by the visitors. Dietz and Adamyan come on, the "billy-goats" are pulling out all the stops.

75' Long ball by Köln, Riemann comes out wide and heads the ball away.  

76' That guy Riemann again! He saves against Maina. So important!

76' Phew! The ball hits the post! A lucky escape for us! Cologne misses the equaliser.

78' Direct counter-attack by VfL. Hofmann receives a long pass from Stöger. He shoots from distance, unfortunately again missing the goal to the right.

79' Substitution for the Blue-Whites. Antwi-Adjei replaces Hofmann.

81' Dietz heads across the bar.

83' Another double substitution by VfL. Masovic comes on for Oermann and Janko replaces Gamboa - strong performances, boys!

86' Dangerous stuff. Ball is crossed sharply and Dietz is there. We can clear it!

88' Oh no. Goal for Cologne. Maina nutmegs Riemann from an acute angle. 1-1.

90' Five minutes of injury time at the Castroper.

90'+4 Oh dear. Cologne with a great chance for the lucky punch. Soldo is unmarked after a corner, but puts the ball over the crossbar.
 
Final whistle: The game is over. We have to console ourselves with this one point. Bitter because of the late goal, but overall not undeserved for Cologne because of their chances. Still, it's a pity.

The next game is after the international break, when VfL play in Leipzig.

VfL Bochum 1848: Riemann – Gamboa (83‘ Janko), Stöger, Losilla, Zoller, Hofmann (79‘ Antwi-Adjei), Holtmann (46‘ Osei-Tutu), Soares, Ordets, Oermann (83‘ Masovic), Osterhage

Goals: 1-0 Schmitz (o.g. 9´), 1-1 Maina (88‘)

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