Professionals | 18/09/2022

1:1 draw

Late leveller in Bochum

1. FC Köln secured a 1:1 draw with VfL Bochum at the Ruhrstadion on Sunday evening. After Benno Schmitz’s early own goal had given the hosts the lead, FC pushed for an equaliser and were finally rewarded when Linton Maina hammered home in the 88th minute.

Team news

Heiko Butscher made four changes after the Derby defeat to FC Schalke 04 last time out. Erhan Masovic, Vasilios Lampropoulos, Philipp Förster and Takuma Asano dropped out for Ivan Ordets, Tim Oermann, Patrick Osterhage and Gerrit Holtmann.

Steffen Baumgart opted for seven alterations from the side that started the win against 1. FC Slovacko on Thursday evening. Benno Schmitz, Timo Hübers, Jonas Hector, Ellyes Skhiri, Florian Kainz, Jan Thielmann and Steffen Tigges replaced Kingsley Schindler, Luca Kilian, Kristian Pedersen, Eric Martel, Linton Maina, Sargis Adamyan and Florian Dietz.

Behind at the break

As most games in Bochum begin, it was intense and hard-fought. FC had the first real opening of note as Tigges managed to flick the ball to Florian Kainz. The pass wouldn’t come down quickly enough, however, and Christian Gamboa fly in to block. The next attack produced the first goal. Gerrit Holtmann’s cross looked to have been cleared by Jonas Hector, only to clip Benno Schmitz and trundle into the FC goal.

Bochum were dangerous on the break, especially Holtmann. Patrick Osterhage broke in behind the FC defence and was alert to feed the pacey winger. Holtmann’s vicious half-volley struck the post and bounced to safety. Baumgart’s charges awoke after the upright was rattled and saw Dejan Ljubicic’s drive from 25 yards dip just off target, with Jonas Hector glancing a header wide moments later.

Florian Kainz would try his luck from a similar range to his Austrian compatriot but his effort also failed to test Manuel Riemann in the Bochum goal. The best chance of the first-half fell to Ellyes Skhiri, who stood completely unmarked after Kainz’s free-kick found a way through to the back post. Skhiri, however, headed agonisingly wide a few yards from goal as FC headed into the break behind.

Maina levels

The second-half began with a change, as Jordi Osei-Tutu replaced Gerrit Holtmann on the left. Bochum were sitting in, ready to counter whilst FC were dominating the ball. Both teams were unable to make the most of any chances, as mistakes crept in on both sides. Philipp Hofmann’s well-struck shot from 20 yards was the closest either came in the first 15 minutes.

Steffen Baumgart made five substitutions in the space of 12 minutes in a bid to give fresh legs to the attack. That immediately paid dividends, with Manuel Riemann making a quite incredible save to keep out Maina’s header. Sargis Adamyan went closer still as he picked up a knockdown and crashed a volley against the base of the post.

FC’s persistence finally paid off in the 88th minute. Linton Maina attempted to bustle through and was halted, only to pick up the ball again and drive towards goal. His strong shot went through Riemann’s legs and whistled into the back of the net. Nikola Soldo even had a late chance to win the game but he couldn’t keep his shot down and the ball went over the bar from five yards.


VfL Bochum (4-2-3-1): Riemann – Gamboa (Janko 83‘), Ordets (Lampropoulos 90‘), Oermann (Masovic 83‘), Danilo Soares – Losilla, Osterhage – Zoller, Stöger, Holtmann (Osei-Tutu 46‘) – Hofmann (Antwei-Adjei 79‘).

1. FC Köln (4-1-3-2): Schwäbe – Schmitz (Schindler 63‘), Soldo, Hübers, Hector – Skhiri – Ljubicic (Dietz 75‘), Duda (Martel 63‘), Kainz (Adamyan 75‘) – Thielmann (Maina 63‘), Tigges.

Goals: 1:0, Schmitz OG 9’. 1:1, Maina 88‘.

Referee: Bastian Dankert (Rostock).

Booked: Hübers (68’).

Attendance: 25,800.

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