11th matchday: Bochum misses a home win against weak Cologne

11th matchday: Bochum misses a home win against weak Cologne

11th matchday Bochum missed a home win against weak Cologne

The Cologne team around Davie Selke (M) takes a point from Bochum. photo

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Cologne goalkeeper Marvin Schwäbe saves a point for his weak team in Bochum. Cologne still remains bottom of the table.

1. FC Cologne cannot escape the bottom of the table in the Bundesliga. Coach Steffen Baumgart’s team only played 1-1 (0-1) against their direct rivals VfL Bochum, but still managed to save a very fortunate point.

Against the very unsettled Rhinelanders, the clearly superior VfL failed to score more than the one goal by Lukas Daschner (25th minute). Davie Selke (54th) punished this with his third goal of the season.

“We knew it would be a relegation game,” said Selke on the pay-TV channel Sky. “All in all, we have to live with the 1-1 draw. We know how difficult it is here and what kind of football is played here.” It will be “a long season, we assume that, now every point counts.”

Sharing of points is not enough for both teams

The third draw of the season is still not enough for FC. With six points after eleven games, Cologne will remain at the bottom of the table at least until Sunday. Despite being superior for a long time, Bochum missed out on their first home win of the season and are 14th in the table. but still three points ahead of Cologne.

“Two worlds of emotions. Firstly with the goal, we played great, I think. It’s all the sadder that it’s only one point in the end,” said Daschner. “Sometimes it’s like that, we can be happy somewhere that we didn’t concede a second one. That’s how it is sometimes.”

The division of points is also not enough for coach Thomas Letsch’s team. VfL was better from the start and revealed why Cologne are at the bottom of the table. The Rhinelander’s defense proved to be not exactly top league ready in some situations. Bochum often lacked the quality in attack to take advantage of it. The guests fought their way into the game without being aggressive offensively.

Starting eleven debutant Daschner takes the lead

VfL seemed more determined and deservedly took the lead after just under half an hour. Guest keeper Marvin Schwäbe slapped a shot from Philipp Hofmann at the feet of Bochum’s starting XI debutant Daschner, who just had to dust himself off. The 25-year-old newcomer from FC St. Pauli came into the team because of captain Anthony Losilla’s illness.

This meant that Cologne didn’t go without conceding a goal in their 19th Bundesliga game in a row. And the renewed setback for the troubled FC was not without consequences. From then on only Bochum played, but failed to score the overdue second goal. This was particularly due to the excellent Swabian performance.

Selke takes advantage of Cologne’s first real chance to make it 1-1

After the break, Takuma Asano missed the best opportunity alone in front of the FC keeper. This took revenge. Because shortly afterwards the happy equalizer came. Selke successfully completed a counterattack – Cologne’s first real chance to score.

Bochum shook itself briefly and then pushed back into the lead. Above all, VfL coach Letsch will have to find offensive solutions in order to be able to successfully lead his team through the fight against relegation again.

FC, on the other hand, is currently lacking a lot more: self-confidence, playing class and offensive play do not seem to be there at the moment. The upcoming opponent doesn’t give much hope either. After the international break, we will face record champions Bayern Munich in two weeks.




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