VfL Bochum 1848 suffered their third consecutive defeat after a dreary first half against FC Ingolstadt. Harmless up front and with shocking mistakes at the back, Robin Dutt’s team treated “die Schanzer” to a 2-0 lead before cranking up the pressure after the interval. Substitute Vitaly Janelt’s consolation goal didn’t amount to anything.
In front of 7,464 spectators at Ingolstadt, VfL head coach Dutt had to make do without the injured Lukas Hinterseer and Jan Gyamerah. They were replaced by Simon Zoller leading the attack and skipper Stefano Celozzi at right-back with Robert Tesche also making space for Sebastian Maier.
FCI coach Jens Keller made two changes to the starting line-up of his team that had won 3-0 at FC Erzgebirge Aue last weekend, bringing on Benedikt Gimber and Konstantin Kerschbaumer in place of former VfL man Mergim Mavraj and Almog Cohen.
The first chance of the encounter fell to Sebastian Maier after just three minutes but his effort was blocked by the FCI defence. Only a few minutes later, Kittel floated a long ball into the Bochum box where Baumgartner helped it on towards his own goal only for Manuel Riemann to spectacularly tip it over the goal. Great save!
On 31 minutes, VfL went down the left wing for Simon Zoller to collect the ball in the box and to tee it up for Maier who blasted over the bar from eleven yards. The game now became lively with both teams trying to go forward whenever possible.
Almost on the half-hour mark, Riemann’s skills were put to the test again. After a counter-attack and some confusion in the Bochum penalty area, the ball found its way to Pledl, who let fly from distance and saw his attempt blocked by the VfL goalkeeper’s foot. The hosts now enjoyed the majority of possession – and consequently turned this into a 1-0 lead. After a long ball down the right-hand side, Pledl deftly skipped past Hoogland before cutting back from the goal-line to the on-rushing Kittel for an easy tap-in.
The Boys in Blue tried to pull one back, and, just two minutes later, after a one-two between Kruse and Soares the ball came to Zoller who headed it into the path of Maier whose effort was blocked by Tschauner. Instead, Ingolstadt doubled their lead when it was Kittel again who pushed into the VfL box from the left before having a go from an acute angle. Riemann dived for the ball but could only direct it over the line into his own goal.
Pledl had two more attempts before the interval with a drop-kick from the edge of the box which went well over and a shot from near the by-line which was easily punched away by Riemann. The half-time score was 2-0 after a poor first half by the Boys in Blue.
Dutt responded to the two-goal deficit and brought on Weilandt for Sam and Janelt for Maier to add to his team’s attacking power. And really, the first opportunity fell to the guests from the Ruhr, but a shot by Kruse from 22 yards was punched away by Tschauner on 47 minutes. Afterwards, VfL pinned the hosts back to their own penalty area winning corner after corner, all of which lead to nothing.
After 56 minutes, there was another good opportunity for “die Schanzer”, but Pledl’s attempt from close range was deemed offside anyway. With Bochum running out of steam now, FC Ingolstadt regained control of the match until the 64 minute when a good left-footed shot by Janelt was blocked off by an Ingolstadt leg and the ensuing cross by Soares found Tom Weilandt at the far post, who saw his header miss the target. After 70 minutes, Weilandt put Zoller through but the latter was thwarted by Tschauner once more, but two minutes on, Bochum finally scored when Vitaly Janelt volleyed the ball into the bottom right corner from outside the box. What a beaut for our substitute!
Bochum were closing in on the equaliser now, and after 76 minutes, Lee’s corner-kick found the head of Losilla whose effort was easily collected by Tschauner. VfL had all the possession but just couldn’t convert it into scoring opportunities until Weilandt tried a bicycle-kick on 85 minutes, which he drove straight into Tschauner’s arms. In added time, Celozzi’s cross found Baumgartner in the box but the Bochum defender’s header ended up on the roof of the net. Despite some chances for FCI to break away quickly, the score remained 2-1 to the hosts until the final whistle.
VfL Bochum 1848 will have the chance to make amends against high-flying Holstein Kiel at the Vonovia Ruhstadion next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. CET.