With new old home strength, VfL Bochum draws hope again in the fight against relegation. In the ultimately happy 2-1 (2-0) against Borussia Mönchengladbach, the Bundesliga penultimate celebrated their third win in a row in the Ruhr Stadium and reduced the gap to the saving bank to two points.
Last year’s climber, who managed to stay up in the league mainly thanks to eight successes “anne Castroper”, started this season with three home defeats.
The Gladbachers, who are still waiting for their first away win, initially helped actively. Blatant defensive mistakes preceded the goals of Christopher Antwi-Adjei (7th) and Philipp Hofmann (12th), who made Bochum’s first home win against the Foals in 16 years perfect.
Alassane Plea only managed to get the goal back (63′). 235 days after the cup throwing scandal with the game being abandoned at the last meeting at the same place, this time the focus was on sport – with Bochumers significantly improved under the new coach Thomas Letsch and disappointing Gladbachers.
“Of course that gives us a push. We just have to score points away from home as soon as possible,” said Bochum’s winning goal scorer Hofmann in the Sky interview, but was initially very satisfied: “We’re back in business.”
Gladbach: Olschowsky celebrates Bundesliga debut
Because regular keeper Yann Sommer and substitute goalkeeper Tobias Sippel were out due to a training injury, Jan Olschowsky made his Bundesliga debut in the Borussia squad. The 20-year-old, who normally plays in the regional league, had to get the ball out of the net after just a few minutes.
At first he thought Antwi-Adjei’s goal didn’t count because assistant referee Sven Waschitzki-Günther flagged offside. But according to video evidence, Bochum was allowed to cheer.
Just five minutes later, Olschowsky was beaten again – after a major mistake by Nico Elvedi, who had switched back to central defense after recovering from a cold. Hofmann used the bad pass from the Swiss in his own penalty area to make it 2-0. Letsch, who led Bochum to old home strength, also made two changes compared to the 3-0 defeat in the small district derby at Borussia Dortmund.
Gladbach equalizer does not count
It took Gladbach almost half an hour to get into the game. Nevertheless, Bochum remained the more dangerous team, who tried again and again with long passes to the fast Antwi-Adjei. With a long-range shot, the 28-year-old narrowly missed making it 3-0 (41st). Hofmann had an even bigger chance just before the half-time whistle (45+1).
After the restart, Iwan Ordez hit the post with a header (52nd) – the hosts could have led higher a long time ago. So it got exciting again after the 1:2 by Plea. Another guest goal a few minutes before the final whistle didn’t count due to offside, to the delight of the Bochum players and fans.
VfL Bochum – Borussia Mönchengladbach: The voices
Thomas Letsch (Bochum coach): “We were great in the game, rightly took the lead and could have done even more. Unfortunately, we then made mistakes and invited the opponent a bit. The first half was great, the second was awesome. If it in this stadium, it’s unbelievable.”
Daniel Farke (Moenchengladbach coach): “Bochum deservedly led to the break, played with high intensity. I didn’t agree at all with our first half, I found us discouraged, lazy to run, mentally not fast at all. In the second half we deservedly turned the game around and deserved to We got the equalizer. We invested a lot more, were a lot braver and got the regular equalizer, which wasn’t given.”
VfL Bochum – Borussia Mönchengladbach: The data for the game