Despite a short stint in the lead, VfL Bochum 1848 went down 2-1 at Jahn Regensburg on Friday night. After an intensive but goalless first half, Lukas Hinterseer scored from the penalty spot for Bochum on the 52nd minute, however their lead was cancelled out by Jann George. Only two minutes later Jahn skipper Grüttner eventually gave the hosts the win.

It was a sunny Friday evening for the encounter of SSV Jahn Regensburg with VfL Bochum at the Regensburg Continental Arena. Once more, ten of Robin Dutt’s players were unavailable for the match with just Chung-Yong Lee returning in place of the injured Tom Weilandt. Achim Beierlorzer, Regensburg head coach, made just one alteration to the team that won a point at Darmstadt 98 last week with Sebastian Stolze replacing Hamadi Al Ghaddioui in midfield.

In front of 12,363 spectators, the visitors in their all blue kit got off to a strong start with Lee playing Kokovas through on the left-hand side and the youngster hitting a pin-point cross, but the South Korean’s header went narrowly over the crossbar. Regensburg weren’t long in retaliating with George’s volley from right-sided cross rebounding from the post – a narrow escape for the Boys in Blue after only the third minute. 

Three minutes later, it was the visitors’ turn again from a long kick forward by Riemann to Hinterseer, who was brought down by Föhrenbach just outside the Regensburg box. VfL midfield youngster Görkem Saglam hit an excellent free-kick but Jahn keeper Pentke managed to push the ball wide for a corner.

Now the hosts were in the driving seat again and they had a reasonable claim for a penalty waved off by referee Günsch when Celozzi put in a rough tackle to stop Grüttner at the end of a promising Jahn counter-attack after ten minutes. Another four minutes on, Bochum had another lucky escape when Stolze directed an unmarked header over the crossbar, and after 19 minutes Stolze teed the ball up for Thalhammer who wasted an excellent chance by ballooning the ball wide.

Regensburg were in control of the match now with VfL holding their own and constantly looking for an opening, which eventually came in the 25th minute from a speedy switch to the right flank where Celozzi and Pantovic linked up before finding Saglam. His cracking shot was bound for the top corner before being blocked by the commanding Pentke once more. The ensuing corner ended up with Pantovic crossing to Fabian whose diving header went inches wide of the near post.

After 35 minutes, Saglam’s free-kick resulted in a tame header by Hoogland, and down the other end, it the Bochum centre-half was lucky when he headed into the path of Adamyan only for the latter to totally miscue the ball towards the corner flag. Right on the half-time whistle, it was red alert in the Bochum box once more when Grüttner chipped the ball to Adamyan who went past Kokovas and let fly only for the young Bochum left-back to deflect the shot as far as the post. Another lucky escape for the visitors here!

Both teams came back unchanged, and in minute 51 Geipl’s hand touched the ball in the box for a Bochum penalty which was securely converted by Lukas Hinterseer into the bottom right corner. But the Bochum lead lasted under two minutes as Grüttner got to a long ball before cutting it back artistically for George to drive home from short distance. 

Bochum didn’t give up and created another chance with Saglam putting Lee through who drove the ball straight at Goalie Pentke. But it was Regensburg who made their chances count when George’s attempt was blocked by Riemann before Adamyan’s overhead kick finding Grüttner just yards from the Bochum goal and the attacker slotting home on 62 minutes. The Bochum defence were merely watching with Hoogland playing the scorer on-side involuntarily.

Dutt threw on Ganvoula and Ekincier for Tesche and Pantovic to add firepower to his attack but to no avail. It was the hosts who piled on the pressure with Grüttner beating Hoogland on the right and finding an unmarked George who fortunately failed to make contact after 77 minutes. Eisfeld came on for Lee but SSV Jahn stayed on the front foot and comfortably saw out the match for an important 2-1 win which leave VfL Bochum in 10 place in the league table.

The Boys in Blue can make amends versus Greuther Fürth next Sunday, 14 April, 1:30 CET, at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion. 

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