An early goal from Denis Epstein and a 95th-minute penalty save by keeper Patric Klandt combined to earn Benno Möhlmann's men against a guest outfit who dominates large stretches of the game without making anything like enough of their chances
Keepers to the fore
The home side started brightly and with just nine minutes on the clock Denis Epstein latched onto a Mathew Leckie through-ball, gave Slawo Freier the slip and slammed a great finish high into the net. Bochum responded well to the setback, forcing FSV to sit deeper as the half progressed, but they were lacking punch up front, while keeper Andreas Luthe did well to prevent Michael Görlitz putting Frankfurt 2-0 up ten minutes before the break.
There was repeat scenario midway through the second half, with VfL having seen most of the play in the intervening period, Luthe saving this time one-on-one against Leckie. Frankfurt came on strong for a while towards the end and when Bochum's Piotr Cwielong was sent off for a second bookable offence in the 85th minute, the game seemed to be swinging in the hosts' favour. Deep in added time, VfL were handed the chance to salvage a point following a foul in the box, but Klandt got down to dig Marcel Maltritz's effort out the corner and save the win for his side.