Bochum Promoted Bochum has arrived in the Bundesliga. The Malocher-Elf impressed with a lot of defensive work and spectacular goals. Especially in the Ruhrstadion, the Bochumers are hard to beat.
A dream goal, a penalty-taker and a late Malocher victory: The final phase in Bochum’s Ruhrstadion was tough, and in the end the spectators were completely over the moon after the hard-fought 2-0 win against TSG Hoffenheim.
“Our fans are amazing. It’s just great to experience such an atmosphere at a game, ”said VfL captain Anthony Losilla after the third home win – five games without conceding a goal are also currently shared league records. An hour after the game, a small group of steadfast VfL supporters shouted: “We want to see the coach.”
Thomas Reis, the builder of the successful promotion team, had shown himself to the fans a long time ago and had previously been seduced by them. After the 1-0 lead by Soma Novothny’s first division (66th minute), the hosts were awarded a penalty. While two Bochum players were discussing the execution, the Bochum fans challenged goalkeeper Manuel Riemann. He had already converted the decisive penalty in the previous cup round against FC Augsburg. This time Riemann slammed the bullet over the gate.
“I’ll take it on my head,” admitted Reis, who hadn’t chosen a shooter before the game. He was a little guided by the emotions of the fans. “I didn’t moderate that well,” said the coach. Hoffenheim’s Christoph Baumgartner also commented on the scene: “Now he’s a bit of an arrogant idiot. If he had shot him in, everyone would have said what a great guy. ”The last goalkeeper who had previously scored a penalty in a Bundesliga match was Hans Jörg Butt in 2010.
Despite the penalty mishap, Reis, who played in the European Cup with VfL, played a major role in the success against the technically savvy and individually strong Hoffenheim team. In Novothny and Milos Pantovic he changed the two later goal scorers after an hour. “Today it was a lucky hand,” said Bochum’s head coach. When Pantovic scored in the seventh minute of stoppage time, the mood reached its peak in the Ruhrstadion, which was filled with almost 20,000 spectators.
“I didn’t think much about the goal. I have enough faith in my left foot, ”said the goalscorer after his spectacular goal from his own half. Hoffenheim’s goalkeeper Oliver Baumann had come forward in the final offensive of the guests and suddenly the ball came to Pantovic, who placed the ball with a lot of feeling behind the center line on the left side next to the left post of the empty goal – “from 170 meters “As the announcer announced enthusiastically.
With 13 points from eleven games and the league record of only three goals conceded in five home games, the Revierelf quickly found themselves in the upper house. The compact and secure defense is particularly impressive. “The whole team is hot to defend. That is incredibly important. But we still have to get a lot of points at home to keep the league, ”said Bochum’s head coach.
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