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FC Schalke 04 – VfL Bochum 3: 1: Drexler, Masovic’s own goal and Polter ensure S04’s first win of the season



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Schalke celebrates, Bochum mourns: The Royal Blues won the tram derby in the Bundesliga 3-1 (1-0).

Thomas Reis crept across the lawn with a disappointed look on his face, a few meters further Frank Kramer was celebrating exuberantly with his players. While Schalke 04 managed to liberate themselves with their first Bundesliga win after 483 days, the situation is getting more and more serious for coach Reis and VfL Bochum. After the 1:3 (0:1) in the tram derby in Gelsenkirchen, the devastating result is: zero points, 4:18 goals – never before has a Bundesliga club been in such a bad position after six games.

“It’s the sixth defeat in the sixth game. We accepted the fight, but in the end we were empty-handed again. In the end, there aren’t enough points at the moment,” said Simon Zoller, who scored the equalizer (51st). had, at Sky.

Dominick Drexler (38th), Erhan Masovic with an own goal (73rd) and ex-Bochum Sebastian Polter (90th + 6) scored in the first duel between the neighbors in twelve and a half years for the royal blues, who are in twelfth place with six points improved.

After the first Bundesliga win since May 15, 2021 (4: 3 against Frankfurt), they and the fans got in the mood for the next derby on Saturday (3:30 p.m.) at Borussia Dortmund. “I’m totally happy,” said Kramer, emphasizing: “It was a step.”

Schalke – Bochum: Goalkeeper mistakes and own goal stop VfL

Reis had to change after just four minutes: Takuma Asano was injured and Gerrit Holtmann, who goalkeeper Manuel Riemann had called a “freak” during training during the week, came on.

The extrovert Bochum keeper was challenged early on in front of 62,041 spectators, but was also lucky when Simon Terodde shot him from close range (7th). The guests initially had great problems freeing themselves from their own half. Schalke often fought for the ball in midfield, but the transition game was usually not quick and precise enough. Terodde hesitated too long and got stuck on VfL defender Masovic (15th).

However, if Bochum came close to the Schalke goal, it became dangerous: First Hofmann headed just over the bar (20′), then Simon Zoller missed the goal with a follow-up shot (22′). However, Zoller had the greatest chance when the ball surprisingly slipped through to him, but he didn’t hit it (35′).

Riemann helped with Schalke’s opening goal, fending off a shot from Marius Bülter right at Drexler’s feet. There was initially confusion when equalizing: the team led by referee Felix Zwayer, who officiated his 200th Bundesliga game, initially ruled offside. After video evidence, the hit was recognized. Then Masovic deflected a shot from Tobias Mohr into his own goal. Joker Polter put the lid on.


FC Schalke 04 – VfL Bochum: The data for the game

Schalke: Schwolow – Matriciani, van den Berg, Yoshida, Mohr – Krauss (87th Greiml), Flick – Larsson (57th Zalazar), Drexler (68th Polter), Bülter – Terodde (87th Karaman). – Trainer: Kramer

Bochum: Riemann – Gamboa (46th Janko), Masovic, Lampropoulos, Soares (85th Ganvoula) – Losilla, Förster (77th Osei-Tutu) – Zoller (77th Osterhage), Stöger, Asano (4th Holtmann) – Hofmann. – Trainer: Rice

referee: Felix Zwayer (Berlin)

Gates: 1: 0 Drexler (38th), 1: 1 Hofmann (51st), 2: 1 Masovic (73rd own goal), 3: 1 Polter (90th + 6)

Viewers: 62,271 (sold out)

yellow cards: Schwolow, Flick – Zoller (2), Losilla (2), Soares