Second win in a row: VfL Bochum wins 1-0 in Augsburg, only Christopher Antwi-Adjei could have scored three goals.
Christopher Antwi-Adjei stormed onto the pitch at the final whistle, jubilantly, and a little later the VfL Bochum match winner jumped up and down with his teammates in front of the away block. “No more 2nd division”, chanted the VfL fans after the 1-0 (0-0) win at FC Augsburg, with which Bochum celebrated a second win in a row for the first time this season and set an important example in the relegation battle.
“Christopher could have scored three goals today. Now we’re going into the break positively and enjoying the return trip for the time being,” said Bochum’s Philipp Hofmann. Teammate Simon Zoller said something similar after the first away win of the season on Sky: “It’s very nice – also because we’re getting a few more days of vacation, although it’s actually a shame that it’s going to be a break.”
The Augsburg hosts, who missed a penalty after Mergim Berisha’s goal from the strong Antwi-Adjei (58th) (61st), are on the other hand still on the way down towards the bottom of the table after seven games without a three-pointer.
The frustration was correspondingly great. “It’s extremely disappointing. We started the game very well, but then completely lost the line. That’s just not enough,” said FCA manager Stefan Reuter. Goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz even said: “From the 20th minute it was a dead game for us.”
FC Augsburg: Gurezo threatens to miss the World Cup
Augsburg started as usual stormy, but initially had no top-class scoring opportunities. On the other hand, the guests had three good chances to take the lead – Antwi-Adjei missed all three: First he failed with a deflected long-range shot by Gikiewicz, then after the following corner he only hit the outer post (both 14th). Finally, he stumbled a nice pass from Kevin Stöger (23rd) in front of Gikiewicz.
The hosts had to change early because captain Jeffrey Gouweleeuw (27th) and Carlos Gruezo (30th) left the field injured. The Ecuadorian Gruezo is threatened with the end of the World Cup.
The conspicuous Antwi-Adjei finally gave Bochum, who were getting stronger, the deserved lead on submission by Konstantinos Stafylidis. It was in keeping with FCA’s frighteningly weak performance that Berisha shortly afterwards shot the hand penalty that Zoller had caused with full force over the visitors’ goal.
After all: Augsburg threw everything forward as well as they could, but failed because of their weakness in the finish – or because of goalkeeper Manuel Riemann, who thwarted Florian Niederlechner’s great chance (69th). Bochum, however, remained courageous and, how could it be otherwise, could have increased even more (72′) with Antwi-Adjei.
FC Augsburg – VfL Bochum: The voices
Enrico Maassen (FC Augsburg coach): “We imagined it very differently. The two changes didn’t do us any good, we lost the thread and didn’t manage to have the presence on the pitch that we had before. What we have to chalk up: we were very agitated, made a lot of mistakes. We have a long break now, we have to work on a few things. We played well in the meantime, but not enough points.”
Thomas Letsch (coach VfL Bochum): “We had a hard time in the first ten minutes, Augsburg had more grip, but then we got better and better under control. In the first half we were clearly the better team, we should have taken the lead there. We had Lucky that the 911 wasn’t there. I think we took a deserved win, I’m happy that we’re sitting on the bus and driving home with a different feeling. The team knew every point we scored here , there is one more day of vacation.”