Big day for VfL Bochum and its fans: Westphalia celebrated a 2-0 win against FSV Mainz 05 in their first Bundesliga home game in eleven years.
Thomas Reis lifted both arms happily into the sky and clenched his hands: The coach of VfL Bochum let his joy go after the final whistle and the 2-0 (1-0) win against FSV Mainz 05 in the first Bundesliga home game in 4123 days Run. The Bochum fans among the 12,548 spectators frenetically celebrated their team, but above all one man: Gerrit Holtmann.
The ex-Mainz provided the absolute highlight of the game with his super solo run and the goal to make it 1-0. The Bochum stadium announcer proclaimed the goal to be “Goal of the Year”. In the second half, newcomer Sebastian Polter (56th), another former FSV professional, increased his head.
Mainz 05 frustrated: “We were the lethargic ones”
The Rheinhessen, who duped runner-up RB Leipzig at the start of the league last Sunday, were served accordingly: “We needed a bit in the first one. I thought in the stands that the blues should actually be us, but the lethargic ones were us . It was a deserved victory for Bochum, “said Mainz sports director Martin Schmidt on Sky.
The whole city of Bochum had been looking forward to this moment, blue and white flags and pennants lined the streets around the stadium. After Herbert Grönemeyer’s hymn “Bochum” had faded away, VfL began this first home game in the upper house in eleven years with wild determination and the loud support of the fans.
That left an impression on the Mainz team, who did not find their way into the game and mostly ran after it. This was also the case in the eighth minute when Holtmann crossed into the center after a one-two, and Polter narrowly missed the ball.
Bochum dominates and hits ice cold
FSV coach Bo Svensson tried to tear his players out of lethargy with loud instructions – it didn’t help. Armel Bella Kotchap (13th) headed the ball just past the Mainz goal, shortly afterwards Holtmann started his irresistible solo, which he crowned with a low shot through the legs of goalkeeper Robin Zentner.
Simon Zoller (30) would have scored almost as spectacularly, but Zentner fended off his overhead kick from a few meters. Bochum celebrated the 2-0 for only seconds, but Zoller’s goal did not count because he had previously got the ball in his hand.
The guests remained harmless and weak – until they suddenly had a great chance of equalizing. Niklas Tauer appeared free in front of Manuel Riemann after a Bochum defensive mistake, but the VfL goalkeeper parried strongly (42nd).
After the break, Svensson responded with three changes. But when Mainz just got a little more access, Polter struck after a flank from the strong Zoller. Bochum was now on top again, Polter narrowly missed a cross from Holtmann (59th).
VfL Bochum – Mainz 05: The voices of the coach
Thomas Reis (coach VfL Bochum): “The boys did a brilliant job, they were there from the first minute. It was a special day for everyone, we implemented it from the start. It is a successful day after more than 4,000 days without a home game in the first division. We can be proud today. “
Bo Svensson (Trainer FSV Mainz 05): “It was a deserved victory for Bochum. I think we were too passive. Especially in the first half. The goal, which was blatantly poorly defended, was emblematic. Bochum had more grip, was more aggressive, played better football and therefore deservedly won . We can take a lot with us from this game, maybe even more than from the game against Leipzig. “