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VfL Bochum 1848 vs 1. FC Union Berlin

German 2. Bundesliga, 16. Matchday

Bochum vs 1. FC Union

German 2. Bundesliga, 16. Matchday

Sun., 03. December 2017, 13:30 Uhr
Vonovia Ruhrstadion
2 : 1

Patchy form continues as Bochum defeat Union

Match report

Union Berlin were defeated 2-1 at the Ruhrstadion in Bochum to continue a disappointing run of three games without a win.

The Köpenick club couldn’t have wished for a better start in Bochum, taking the lead after just four minutes. Toni Leistner’s brilliant through ball sent Sebastian Polter through on goal and the club’s top scorer made no mistake in front of goal. In the 12th minute, Hedlund was presented with a chance in the same area of the box, but Danilo recovered well to keep the Swede out.

Quality play was limited in the first period in difficult conditions. The Ruhrstadion pitch cut up fast in the rain and neither side was able to piece together a solid passage of football. That was almost reflected in the scrappiness of Bochum’s equaliser, five minutes before the break, when Kevin Stöger’s strike took a wicked deflection to beat Jakob Busk.

Both teams returned after the break without making any chances, but the home side looked the most dangerous. Bochum didn’t quite launch an assault on Busk’s goal, although the warning signs were there. With three minutes left, Lukas Hinterseer turned in the box and scored the winner to the despair of the travelling supporters from Berlin.

“Congratulations to Bochum on their victory,” said Keller after the match. “We started well, took the lead early and had another similar chance to score. Afterwards, we lacked the courage to dominate the second balls. Bochum pressed well and we couldn’t solve those problems. We should be leaving with 1-1, but it wasn’t enough. We made too many mistakes and lost easy goals, which we need to stop as soon as possible.”

Two home games before the end of 2017 presents the perfect opportunity to get back on track in the league. Next Saturday at 13:00 local time, eastern rivals Dynamo Dresden are the visitors to a sold-out Stadion An der Alten Försterei.

Keller's side head to Ruhrstadion, focus on bouncing back

Match preview

With last week’s drama at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei put behind them, Union Berlin head to the Ruhrpott once again this season to take on VfL Bochum at the Rurhstadion. The Köpenick club have sacrificed their place in the top-three of the 2.Bundesliga, but aren’t out of touch with the leaders.

However, the 3-3 draw at home to Darmstadt continued a minor stumble following the 4-3 loss at Heidenheim the week previously. “Of course, we talked about the mistakes we've made in the last few games,” began coach Jens Keller. “We showed the players the situation and talked constructively about it. Our goal is to win every game. Whether we can do that then we have to see. There hasn't been a game yet that we went to with the goal of getting a point.

“We want to achieve maximum yield, demands and quality. It is again important that we perfom at 100% every week. we'll have a chance to win the game."

Bochum’s season has been anything short of calm so far. Dutchman Gertjan Verbeek was replaced in pre-season by Ismail Atalan, the rookie coach from Sportfreunde Lotte. However, the club let Atalan go at the end of October, putting Jens Rasiejewski in charge of first-team duties. Since then, Bochum has drawn four games in a row.

But Bochum have scored just 18 goals this season – the poorest return in the division. “Bochum set big goals at the start of the campaign, so they’ve got a quality squad,” said Keller. “Why they haven’t put it together on the park, I can’t judge from a distance.”

Rasiejewski is without his first-choice keeper on Sunday with Felix Dornebusch expected to replace Manuel Riemann. For Union, the injury list is the same as recent weeks with Kenny Redondo, Fabian Schönheim and Michael Parensen out with long-term problems. Felix Kroos has trained well this week and is expected to be available for selection.

“Every game in the second division is a difficult one for every team,” assessed the Union coach about the race for promotion. “We don't look at the others, we just look at ourselves. “

Tickets for the home and away sections are still available from the box offices at the Ruhrstadion in Bochum.

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