Highlights

FINAL
Vonovia Ruhrstadion
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D. Schlagerwhistle
Vonovia Ruhrstadion
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WATCH: MILOS PANTOVIC ON BOCHUM'S SURVIVAL CHANCES

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WATCH: ARNOLD ON WOLFSBURG'S SLUMP

90'
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FULL-TIME! BOCHUM 1-0 WOLFSBURG

Löwen misses the chance to put the icing on the cake in added time, the Bochum sub finding the side netting at the end of a blistering counter. The hosts climb to 11th, five clear of the relegation play-off spot. Wolfsburg slip to 14th, on the back of their sixth straight Bundesliga defeat.
Full-time
90'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
1.
Armel Bella Kotchap
Armel Bella Kotchap 34.71km/h
2.
Takuma Asano
Takuma Asano 33.71km/h
3.
Gerrit Holtmann
Gerrit Holtmann 33.54km/h
88'

ELVIS HAS LEFT THE BUILDING

Wolfsburg loanee Rexhbecaj gets the hook. He's been a hive of energy, and ranks as the Most Pressed Player, according to AWS Match Facts. How the Wolves could have used his endeavour.
87'

Yellow card

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Renato Steffen
Renato Steffen
87'

Substitution

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Robert Tesche
Robert Tesche
sub
Elvis Rexhbecaj
Elvis Rexhbecaj
84'

HIGH AND WIDE

Nmecha launches a speculative effort into the stands from the left-hand corner of the Bochum area. Sums up the visitors' afternoon.
82'

PANTOVIC MAKES WAY

Pantovic heads off, his third goal of the season potentially a decisive one. Hertha loanee Eduard Löwen is on to shore up the midfield.
82'

Substitution

sub
Eduard Löwen
Eduard Löwen
sub
Miloš Pantovic
Miloš Pantovic
80'

Yellow card

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Danilo Soares
Danilo Soares
79'

CHANGES

Bialek, a striker, replaces left wing-back Roussillon as Wolfsburg chase the game. Bochum introduce the fleet-of-foot Antwi-Adjei for the industrious Asano in attack.
78'

Substitution

sub
Christopher Antwi-Adjei
Christopher Antwi-Adjei
sub
Takuma Asano
Takuma Asano
78'

Substitution

sub
Bartosz Bialek
Bartosz Bialek
sub
Jérôme Roussillon
Jérôme Roussillon
76'

RELEGATION BATTLE?

Wolfsburg have lost their last seven outings in all competitions, and are winless in their last eight. If they can't turn this around, the Wolves will end the day just two points above the relegation play-off spot.
72'

PANTOVIC PROWLING

The game's opening up now as Pantovic goes into the Wolfsburg box. A deflection off Brooks takes the sting out of his effort, though, and Casteels makes an easy stop.
70'

STRONG SAVE

Felix Nmecha has a go from outside the area. It's a difficult one for Riemann, zipping off the greasy turf right in front of the diving Bochum keeper, who does really well to get two hands on it and prevent a corner.
65'

PANTOVIC GOAL!

Bochum get the breakthrough! Weghorst misplaces a pass on halfway, allowing the hosts to shift the ball up towards Asano. He finds Holtmann, who whips a peach of a cross into the six-yard area. Casteels starts to come, but halts his run halfway and is powerless to stop Pantovic glancing in with his head.
65'

Miloš Pantovic

GOAL!

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Miloš Pantovic
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
32 %
61'

Substitution

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Felix Nmecha
Felix Nmecha
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Luca Waldschmidt
Luca Waldschmidt
61'

Substitution

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Renato Steffen
Renato Steffen
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Maximilian Philipp
Maximilian Philipp
60'

OFF CUE!

Bochum respond as Polter feeds Holtmann in a shooting position, but he can't keep his shot down.
59'

ACCESS DENIED!

Arnold's corner bounces awkwardly in the box, before sitting up for Philipp. He swipes goalwards, with Soares putting his body on the line to make a decisive block.
59'

EVENLY MATCHED

There's very little to choose between the two teams, level on 21 points in mid-table at the start of play.
Distance run (km)
71.9
75
59'

Sprints
130
142
59'

Tackles won
62
61
48'

FREE HEADER!

Anthony Losilla gets his head to Rexhbecaj's inswinging free-kick, but plants the ball straight into Casteels' bread basket. Had to find a corner! Big chance not taken by Bochum.
47'

POSITIVE START

Baku takes the bull by the horns with a purposeful run off the right-hand side. He drives across the Bochum box, before letting fly from 18 yards and forcing a routine save out of Riemann.
Kick-off!
45'
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COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN

Uncertainty in the Wolfsburg ranks as Roussillon and Brooks get in a pickle at the back. A needless corner is the result. It's worked to Pantovic, who sends a wild effort off target, before the half-time whistle sounds. Bochum the happier of the two sides at the break.
Half-time
38'

FORMER FLAMES

Elvis Rexhbecaj is on loan at Bochum from Wolfsburg, and has started all 18 league games so far this season. Coach Thomas Reis also has Wolfsburg roots, having coached the club's U19s for over three years before taking up the Bochum reins in September 2019.
33'

Yellow card

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Luca Waldschmidt
Luca Waldschmidt
30'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
1.
Gerrit Holtmann
Gerrit Holtmann 33.54km/h
2.
Maxence Lacroix
Maxence Lacroix 33.24km/h
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Cristian Gamboa
Cristian Gamboa 33.21km/h
27'

BAKU!

Wolfsburg with their first sight of Riemann's goal as Baku drives wide with a deflection. The ensuing corner is easily dealt with, though.
21'

BOCHUM IN CHARGE

Bochum move the ball really well as Asano slips in Pantovic. He finds Polter, who helps it back to Soares on the edge of the box, but he can't keep his effort down.
Goal attempts
4 off target
1 on target
0 off target
1 on target
21'

Possession (%)
5842
16'

PANTOVIC!

Gamboa's long-throw evades everyone on its way towards Pantovic on the edge of the six-yard area. He goes for an overhead kick, but it lacks the power to trouble Casteels. We've already seen two spectacular - albeit long-range - goals from the former Bayern youngster this season.
5'

HALF CHANCE!

Bochum have started brightly, with Asano causing problems. Losilla meets the game's first corner, but heads over. Wolfsburg look shaky.
Kick-off!

CASTEELS SPEAKS OF 'NEW-FOUND ENERGY'

With Wolfsburg back in training since 29 December, captain Koen Casteels believes the togetherness and morale on the training ground will serve his team in today’s Matchday 18 match. “It’s like a fresh start for us,” the goalkeeper told the club’s website. “We’ve got a positive feeling back and that’s important. There’s obviously nothing that can replace victories, but over the last few days we’ve been training really hard, we’ve laid the foundations and we’re ready to put that into practice out on the pitch and set about things with a new-found energy.”

WOLVES IN A RUT

Wolfsburg, meanwhile, will be desperate to reignite their season following a mini collapse that has seen the side from Lower Saxony lose their last seven games in all competitions. Florian Kohfeldt’s men are also winless in their last eight, giving today’s trip to Bochum hugely added importance for the Wolves.

REIS WANTS MORE GOALS

Speaking ahead of today’s game, Bochum coach Thomas Reis said, “We want to allow fewer scoring chances in the second half of the season for our opponents and become more clinical up front. Going forward, we want to be alert.” New signing, Jürgen Locadia, has recently arrived from Brighton & Hove Albion to boost the Bochum attack.

THE REVERSE FIXTURE

In the corresponding fixture this term, Wolfsburg came out on top 1-0 thanks to Wout Weghorst’s 22nd-minute winner on Matchday 1. Goalkeeper Manuel Riemann, voted Bochum’s player of the first half of the season - denied the Dutch forward a second by saving a first-half penalty while today’s hosts were reduced to ten when Robert Tesche received his marching orders.

THE STORY SO FAR

Only a two-goal margin separates Bochum (13th) from Wolfsburg (14th) in the Bundesliga standings with both teams keen to kick-off their Rückrunde campaign with an all-important three points at the Ruhrstadion.

MORE ON THOSE TEAMS

Cristian Gamboa and Armel Bella-Kotchap come into the Bochum defence. As for Wolfsburg, left-back Jerome Roussillon and forward Maximilian Philipp get the nod.

BOCHUM STARTING LINE-UP

Riemann – Gamboa, Leitsch, Bella-Kotchap, Soares - Pantovic, Losilla (c), Rexhbecaj – Asano, Polter, Holtmann

BOCHUM SUBS

Esser, Bockhorn, Lampropoulos, Osterhage, Tesche, Löwen, Locadia, Antwi-Adjei, Ganvoula

WOLFSBURG STARTING LINE-UP

Casteels (c) – Lacroix, Bornauw, Brooks – Baku, Arnold, Gerhardt, Roussillon – Waldschmidt, Weghorst, Philipp

WOLFSBURG SUBS

Pervan, Mbabu, van de Ven, Guilavogui, F. Nmecha, Steffen, Bialek
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