Staying up again should be a tricky project for VfL Bochum. At the start of the league, the blue and whites conceded a 1:2 draw against Mainz.
With heavy legs, goldhead Karim Onisiwo followed his teammates into the curve. With his brace, the Austrian almost single-handedly gave FSV Mainz 05 a 2-1 (1-1) win at VfL Bochum. The blue and whites, on the other hand, who were celebrated by their own fans despite the result, now have certainty: the “Bundesliga league preservation 2.0 mission” will be complicated.
“We had luck on our side, we had better chances throughout the game and therefore deserved to win, we didn’t steal it,” said 05 sporting director Martin Schmidt. For the first time in their Bundesliga history, Mainz won an away game at the start of the season.
VfL attacker Philipp Hofmann, on the other hand, struggled with the small mistakes that so often make the difference in the Bundesliga: “We played a great game in the first half and had a lot of the ball in the second, but the last pass didn’t work . And we slept in the back twice.” That was punished by Onisiwo (26th/77th).
Kevin Stöger (39th) equalized for the Ruhrpottklub, which is again considered a hot relegation candidate, in the meantime. The “third miracle”, as coach Thomas Reis described Bochum’s goal for the season after promotion and relegation, is still a long way off. Two handballs by the guests in their own penalty area went unpunished.
Maxim Leitsch experienced a quick return to Castroper Straße. The defender, who after 14 years at VfL wanted to “leave his comfort zone” and moved to Mainz, was one of two newcomers in the Rheinhessen team. French offensive player Angelo Fulgini made his Bundesliga debut because striker Jonathan Burkardt was injured. Captain Silvan Widmer was also out due to a gastrointestinal illness.
On the Bochum side, the Ukrainian Iwan Ordez and the ex-Karlsruher Hofmann celebrated their premiere in the upper house. In addition, Reis also offered a player in returnee Stöger who had been on the field for the opponent last season.
A handball by Mainz’s Stefan Bell in the penalty area after a ricochet by Alexander Hack caused a stir, but referee Felix Zwayer allowed play to continue (7′). After a header defense by keeper Robin Zentner, Stöger put the ball just over the empty goal from 40 meters (11′). Then Zentner saved with a brilliant save after a volley from Gerrit Holtmann (13′).
Double pack by Karim Onisiwo leads FSV to victory
When Leitsch touched the ball in front of his own goal after a header from Simon Zoller, Zwayer tried to use video evidence (18th) – but again there was no penalty. The first goal came at the other end when Onisiwo headed in a cross from Fernandes to surprise the visitors. Mainz got stronger and the Austrian had the chance to make it 2-0 (37th). But again it hit unexpectedly on the other side: A presumed cross from Stöger sank into the Mainz goal.
Even after the change of sides, Bochum started more aggressively and more committed. Mainz couldn’t get out of their own half for a few minutes, but the hosts hardly created any clear chances to score. They had the guests in the final phase.
VfL Bochum – FSV Mainz 05: The voices
Thomas Reis (coach VfL Bochum): “We got into the game very well, were very active, had one or two chances. After that it was a bit negligent, we were very lucky that we didn’t fall further behind and equalized with a shot on Sunday. In the We were missing the last bit in the second half. I’m extremely angry that we’re losing a game like this through a set piece. We’re still in the identification phase.”
Bo Svensson (FSV Mainz 05 coach): “It was the tough game we expected. Bochum was the better team in the first 20 minutes, then we had huge chances, but got the equalizer with a lucky punch. There wasn’t much going on in the second half, we were a bit too passive. Then we also make a lucky punch – with a standard goal to decide. It’s also clear that we have to play better, have to be more active.”