Bochum Moves into Tie for First Following Sunday Win at Braunschweig

New forward Simon Terodde’s header in the 77th minute gave VfL Bochum the lead for good Sunday, as they were able to hold on to a 2-1 victory over Eintracht Braunschweig and now sit atop the 2. Bundesliga standings in first place based on goal differential.

Terodde, acquired from FC Union Berlin during the summer, put the away team ahead with a shot in the 5th minute. Braunschweig responded quickly, however, dominating possession from there and scoring in the 17th minute with a shot into the corner from midfielder Mirko Boland.

The second half was much more physical between the two teams, leading to 5 yellow cards being handed out after none were given in the first 45 minutes. Despite the soggy field and occasional rain, neither team appeared to be slowed or hampered by the conditions.

It appeared to be a matter of time before Braunschweig would break through the Bochum defense. Bochum’s counterattacks did not make much of a difference until the 76th minute when they were rewarded a corner. The kick from Yusuke Tasaka missed the head of teammate Jan Simunek and kept going, where  Terodde was waiting unmarked to head it into the back net and score his second goal of the match.

The goal stunned the home team and crowd for a period of time after that. Braunschweig was able to regroup for the last few minutes, which led to some very exciting opportunities for both sides, but they were unable to equalize before the whistle sounded.

Bochum strong start to the 2014-15 season continues. After finishing in 15th place last season, they are now tied for first place with 8 points after 2 wins and 2 draws. Bochum might not be as talented as some of the other teams in the league, but Coach Peter Neururer, who returned for a second stint with the club last April,  knows their limits and his club is able to counterattack offensive minded opponents very well. That should enable the North Rhine-Westphalia side to stay in the top half of the league for rest of the season and make last season’s dismal finish a distant memory. They head back home for a week off before facing fellow first place team Karlsruher SC at their rewirpowerSTADION home on Friday, September 12.

Braunschweig has now lost two hard-fought matches in a row and have to feel especially frustrated at today’s result given that they controlled most of the game, earning 56% of possession while winning the majority of tackles and having more crosses into the box. Torsten Lieberknecht’s team looked like the better of the two but have zero points to show for it.  Forward Havard Nielsen and midfielder Norman Theuerkauf lead Die Lowen Sunday with three shots each, but neither could find an equalizer. Braunschweig now sitting in 12th place, despite a positive goal differential, and will head east to face Leipzig on Saturday, September 13. Leipzig has not lost a match so far this season and are the only team in the league who have not given up a goal.

There are no Bundesliga matches scheduled next weekend due to international soccer.

Braunschweig Lineup:  Gikiewicz – Reichel, Dogan (86’ Zuck), Correia, Hedenstad – Boland, Theuerkauf, Vrancic (76’ Bakenga), R. Korte (60’ Ryu) –  Nielsen, Kruppke (C)

Bochum Lineup:  Esser – Celozzi, Simunek, Fabian (C), Perthel – Tasaka (81’ Gulden), Losilla, Latza, Gregoritsch (88’ Butscher) – Terodde, Sestak (66’ Cwielong)

Header courtesy of Eintracht Braunshweig website.

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Court Wilson

lived in Tuebingen, Germany, which is a short drive from Mercedes-Benz Arena and favored team VfB Stuttgart. Twitter @oohrow

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