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Borussia Dortmund – VfL Bochum 3: 0: A touch of Ricken at Moukoko Gala in the small district derby



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On match day 13 of the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund defeated VfL Bochum 3-0 in a small Revier derby. In the easy and never endangered, but ultimately quite lackluster victory, double goal scorer Youssoufa Moukoko towered above all. Gio Reyna also scored from the penalty spot.

  • BVB fired three shots in the first half and went into the dressing room with a 3-0 lead. In the second half, BVB didn’t fire a shot on goal.
  • With his fifth goal of the season, Youssoufa Moukoko became the youngest Bundesliga player in history to score ten Bundesliga goals. Later, the 17-year and 350-day-old striker scored his sixth goal of the season with a wonderful lob. Moukoko, who has hopes of a World Cup nomination, is Dortmund’s top scorer.
  • BVB captain Marco Reus was on the bench for up to 67 minutes after recovering from injury, but his coach Edin Terzic hopes that Reus will be nominated for the World Cup.
  • Borussia Dortmund bid farewell to long-time president Reinhard Rauball before the game.
  • VfL Bochum have already suffered nine penalties this season, including one against BVB.
  • Before and during the game there had been protests against World Cup host Qatar. Here’s the news.

Borussia Dortmund – VfL Bochum: The analysis

Coach Edin Terzic made five changes compared to the disappointing 1-1 draw at FC Copenhagen in the Champions League. Instead of Felix Passlack, Thorgan Hazard, Emre Can, Karim Adeyemi and Anthony Modeste, Raphael Guerreiro, Niklas Süle, Jude Bellingham, Julian Brandt and Youssoufa Moukoko started.

In order to easily defeat VfL Bochum, only the inclusion of Moukoko would have been enough. The 17-year-old was very seldom on the ball. But every time he took a run-up with his short tripping steps and even came close to the playing field, Bochum’s back team was alarmed. Bochum’s central defender Ivan Ordets lost the ball quite awkwardly in the eighth minute against Dortmund’s young star, Moukoko took a run and levered the ball into the middle of the goal. Before the 2-0, Bochum’s second centre-back Vasilios Lampropoulos lost his bearings when Donyell Malen rushed at him and was only able to save himself with a foul; Gio Reyna converted the penalty.

In general, it always became dangerous when BVB picked up the pace, and the 3-0 was also the result of such an increase in pace and a stroke of genius by Moukoko. It’s good for Bochum that, admittedly, that rarely happened. The truth is that BVB didn’t have any problems against table 17, but didn’t play particularly well either. In the first half, VfL even made more passes into the opposing attacking third than BVB (26 to 25), especially Dortmund’s central defender Nico Schlotterbeck had to stretch his legs a few times to be the last man to thwart Bochum’s attacking efforts.

The picture didn’t change in the second half either. BVB managed the game, Bochum didn’t give up, Osei-Tutu hit the post 70 seconds after the restart, but ultimately coach Thomas Letsch’s team lacked the quality to really get a chance to score points.

Borussia Dortmund – VfL Bochum: The voices of the game

Edin Terzic (Borussia Dortmund coach): “We had a good pace from the start. There were really good scenes in the first half. We then wanted to go for the fourth goal, but we didn’t do so well. In the second half we were a bit out of breath. We can but go into the next two tasks with a lot of self-confidence.”

Thomas Letsch (VfL Bochum): “It’s difficult to summarize this game. It sounds strange when you say after a 3-0 loss that we played a decent game. But football is decided in the penalty areas, where we made blatant mistakes. They have to we’ll turn it off as soon as possible.”

Borussia Dortmund – VfL Bochum: The line-ups

Borussia Dortmund: Kobel – Süle (67th Passlack), Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Guerreiro (78th Hazard) – Bellingham, Özcan – Reyna (67th Reus), Brandt, Malen (68th Adeyemi) – Moukoko (82nd Modeste).

VfL Bochum: Riemann – Gamboa, Ordets, Soares, Lampropoulos – Losilla, Stafylidis (77th Osterhage) – Zoller (71st Antwi-Adjei), Stöger (87th Förster), Osei-Tutu (71st Holtmann) – Hofmann (71st Ganvoula) .

Borussia Dortmund – VfL Bochum: The data for the game

Gates: 1-0 Moukoko (8′), 2-0 Reyna (12’/FE), 3-0 Moukoko (45’+2′).

The star of the game: Youssoufa Moukoko (BVB)

Youssoufa Moukoko had the ball a total of nine times in the first half, but whenever he came near the ball the Bochum defense was alarmed. With his first goal, he broke Florian Wirtz’s record as the youngest Bundesliga player in history with ten goals, his second goal then caused a slight Lars Ricken 1997 vibes in the Westfalenstadion. More self-promotion for a World Cup participation is not possible.

The flop of the game: Manuel Riemann (Bochum)

BVB got three shots on goal in the first half, Manuel Riemann had to reach behind him three times and was powerless only for a penalty to make it 2-0. He misjudged Moukoko’s fantastic 0:1, but he couldn’t get close to his even more wonderful 0:2 after a trip out of the goal.

The referee: Tobias Stieler

How annoyed we all had to be in the last few weeks about the VAR and the interaction of the video assistants with the referees on the pitch! However, Stieler’s performance on matchday 13 compensated a little. Bochum’s supposed 1: 2, he took back on the instructions of the VAR because of a narrow offside position by Philipp Hofmann, after he had awarded BVB a second penalty, he was guided outside from the Cologne basement to watch the rather harmless scene again and took back the penalty. That’s the way it should be.