Highlights

90'
+ 5

BOCHUM VICTORIOUS

And there is the final whistle. Home coach Thomas Letsch punches the air in delight. His side have picked up only their second win of the season and this one was fully deserved against the Bundesliga leaders. VfL are - momentarily at least - off the bottom of the standings.
Full-time
90'
+ 3

PANTOVIC PULLS ONE BACK

The ball breaks to Pantovic in the area and he wellies a left-footed finish on the bounce that flies into the back of the net. That penalty miss is really going to sting if the game finishes like this.
90'
+ 3

Miloš Pantović

GOAL!

2 : 1
Miloš Pantović
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.
12 %
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.
Sheraldo Becker
Sheraldo Becker 34.23km/h
2.
Jordi Osei-Tutu
Jordi Osei-Tutu 33.94km/h
3.
Christopher Antwi-Adjej
Christopher Antwi-Adjej 33.46km/h
87'

Substitution

sub
Tim Oermann
Tim Oermann
sub
Cristian Gamboa
Cristian Gamboa
86'

RIEMANN PRAISE

Manuel Riemann has saved more than half of all the penalties he has faced in the Bundesliga (8 saves from 14 spot kicks). This season, the VfL shot stopper is the only goalkeeper to have saved three penalties, having previously denied Sadio Mane and Vincenzo Grifo.
81'

BOCHUM PRESSURE

Holtmann has a chance wide on the right followoing some fine work by Bochum sub Ganvoula. Holtmann's shot is blocked, however, and Union survive this time.
79'

Substitution

sub
Patrick Osterhage
Patrick Osterhage
sub
Christopher Antwi-Adjei
Christopher Antwi-Adjei
79'

Substitution

sub
Konstantinos Stafylidis
Konstantinos Stafylidis
sub
Philipp Förster
Philipp Förster
78'

Yellow card

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Tim Skarke
Tim Skarke
77'

RIEMANN SAVES!!

Pantovic's penalty is at a perfect height for the Bochum keeper who makes a two-handed saved to maintain Bochum's two-goal lead.
77'

UNION PENALTY

Penalty Union! The visitors have been offered a lifeline after the referee came to check his monitor for a possible foul by Masovic on Leite.
75'
Video Assistant RefereeVideo Assistant Referee
Situation Penalty
Review Foul?
Decision Penalty
72'

BRILLIANT FROM BOCHUM

A poor Union free kick allows Bochum to counter and the hosts do so in style. Some super slick pass and movement and suddenly Christopher Antwi-Adjei is away down the left. His cross to the far post is perfectly timed for Holtmann, who side-foots home first time. That's a lovely goal. Bochum are looking home free now.
71'

Gerrit Holtmann

GOAL!

2 : 0
Gerrit Holtmann
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.
38 %
71'

Substitution

sub
Tim Skarke
Tim Skarke
sub
Christopher Trimmel
Christopher Trimmel
70'

RYERSON YELLOW

Ryerson pulls back Holtmann and that's a yellow card for the Union man, who protests to the ref that it was his first foul.
70'

Yellow card

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Julian Ryerson
Julian Ryerson
68'

Goal attempts
3 off target
3 on target
3 off target
1 on target
65'

BOCHUM CHANGES

Goalscorer Hofmann makes way to huge applause while there is also a big cheer for Osei-Tutu, who impressed during his time on the pitch.
65'

Substitution

sub
Gerrit Holtmann
Gerrit Holtmann
sub
Jordi Osei-Tutu
Jordi Osei-Tutu
65'

Substitution

sub
Silvère Ganvoula
Silvère Ganvoula
sub
Philipp Hofmann
Philipp Hofmann
64'

UNION'S TRIPLE SWAP

Triple change for the visitors as Urs Fischer looks for a big improvement from his side, who are headed for defeat here unless things dramatically change.
63'

Substitution

sub
Kevin Behrens
Kevin Behrens
sub
Jordan
Jordan
63'

Substitution

sub
Julian Ryerson
Julian Ryerson
sub
Niko Gießelmann
Niko Gießelmann
63'

Substitution

sub
Jamie Leweling
Jamie Leweling
sub
Sheraldo Becker
Sheraldo Becker
62'

BOCHUM HIT THE BAR

The ball is worked back Osei-Tutu who flashes a shot from the edge of the D at goal and looks on in despair as the ball clips the top of the crossbar and flies over.
61'

PANTOVIC OFF TARGET

Pantovic tries a curling shot to the far post but Riemann is already jogging slowly to prepare for the goal kick before the ball flies wide. Union need a spark from somewhere. The home fans are in full voice.
59'

xGoals

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xGoals
The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals > xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals > goals).
xGoals
1
0.38
0.09
1
Goals
56'

OSEI-TUTU OK TO CONTINUE

Osei-Tutu was down receiving treatment but the 24-year-old is back into the action now as his side go in search of a second.
51'

UNION CORNERS

Union with a couple of corners from the right taken by Trimmel. A lack of accuracy allows Riemann to clear handily enough on both occasions. Union haven't really clicked at all today.
49'

OSEI-TUTU TESTER

Osei-Tutu conjures a terrific opening on the edge of the area before firing over the crossbar with a curling shot. That's a bit of a let off for Union. Osei-Tutu should really have hit the target there.
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BOCHUM AND SET PIECES

Interestingly, Bochum have now scored four goals from dead-ball situations under recently-appointed coach Thomas Letsch. The hosts didn't manage any goals from set-pieces this season before Letsch's arrival.
46'

BACK UNDERWAY

The ball is rolling in the second half. Can Union get back into this or will Bochum hold on for a much-needed win?
Kick-off!
45'
+ 2

HALF TIME

There's the break. Bochum have been the better side in the opening 45 minutes and take a 1-0 lead into half time thanks to that Philipp Hofmann header just before the whistle.
Half-time
44'

BOCHUM AHEAD

Union mess around at the back and give the ball away. Osei-Tutu eventually has a fine shot that draws a super save from Rönnow. From the resulting corner, Hofmann rises highest and heads in to give Bochum a deserved lead.
43'

Philipp Hofmann

GOAL!

1 : 0
Philipp Hofmann
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.
11 %
41'

SO CLOSE ANTWI ADEJI

Gamboa's whipped cross from the right just evades Antwi-Adjei, who made a hell of a diving effort to reach the ball.
37'

JORDAN CHANCE

A corner is slid into Jordan, whose snapshot take a deflection and seems to roll in slow-motion towards the goal. Riemann scrambles across and dives on the ball, stopping it not short of the line.
36'

JAECKEL BOOKED

Osei-Tutu looks to race into some space but is chopped down by Jaeckel. Yellow card for the Union man.
35'

Yellow card

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Paul Jaeckel
Paul Jaeckel
32'

xGoals

information
xGoals
The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals > xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals > goals).
xGoals
0
0.13
0.0
0
Goals
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.
Sheraldo Becker
Sheraldo Becker 34.17km/h
2.
Jordi Osei-Tutu
Jordi Osei-Tutu 33.94km/h
3.
Christopher Antwi-Adjej
Christopher Antwi-Adjej 33.46km/h
26'

BOCHUM SET PIECE

Bochum win a free kick wide on the right. Gamboa takes his time over it. The cross eventually comes in and Hofmann meets it with a header which Rönnow catches easily.
23'

BECKER IN THE MIX

Becker sniffs out a chance on the left but his efforts don't produce the desired effect and Bochum are on the move once again.
20'

HABERER EXITS

Haberer - last week's two-goal hero against Dortmund - has hobbled off following that challenge from Ordets. Milos Pantovic comes on for the visitors.
20'

Substitution

sub
Miloš Pantović
Miloš Pantović
sub
Janik Haberer
Janik Haberer
17'

ORDETS IN THE BOOK

A nasty challenge from Ordets on Haberer has left the Union man in a bad way. It's a yellow card for Ordets.
17'

Yellow card

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Ivan Ordets
Ivan Ordets
14'

FINDING FÖRSTER

Philipp Förster gets some space inside the area on the left and fires a shot at goal which Leite does well to block wide. The subsequent corner comes to nothing.
12'

Possession (%)
5248
10'

UNION ALIVE

A Trimmel corner comes to nothing as Union finally get going here. It's taken the team in red and white some time to get into their shape.
3'

LIVELY START

There's a super atmosphere inside the Vonovia-Ruhrstadion as both sides look to take a foothold in the game. Bochum are edging it in these early stages. Union's Frederik Rönnow is forced into early action, the goalkeeper fisting clear a menacing cross.
1'

KICK OFF !

Away we go in Bochum. Can Union extend their lead at the top of the standings or will Bochum pick up a rare victory? Let's find out ....
Kick-off!
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BECKER AND JORDAN

There'll be plenty of focus on Union's striker partnership of Sheraldo Becker and Jordan this afternoon. The prolific pair have been directly involved in 15 of the leaders' top-flight goals this season and should the visitors triumph today, expect the dynamic duo to have their fingerprints all over any win.

UNION TEAM NEWS

Like Bochum, Union also advanced to the Pokal Round of 16, the Irons ousting Heidenheim from the tournament during the week. There are six changes to the Berliners' team today compared to the side that began the aforementioned 2-0 triumph with Rönnow, Khedira, Jaeckel, Gießelmann and Trimmel all coming back in. USMNT striker Jordan returns having shaken off a thigh niggle.
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BOCHUM TEAM NEWS

Thomas Letsch makes just one change to the Bochum team that started the midweek DFB Cup win against Elversberg with Jordi Osei-Tutu in for Gerrit Holtmann. This will be Osei-Tutu's first start under Letsch.

UNION SUBS

Grill, Ryerson, Seguin, Behrens, Skarke, Haraguchi, Baumgartl, Pantovic, Leweling

UNION STARTING XI

Ronnow - Jaeckel, Knoche, Leite - Trimmel (c), Schäfer, Khedira, Haberer, Gießelmann - Becker, Jordan

BOCHUM SUBS

Esser, Osterhage, Oermann, Stafylidis, Holtmann, Lampropoulos, Heintz, Ganvoula, Horn

BOCHUM STARTING XI

Riemann - Gamboa, Masovic, Ordets, Soares - Losilla (c), Stöger – Osei-Tutu, Förster, Antwi-Adjei – Hofmann

"NO NEED TO HIDE"

Bottom-placed Bochum may have been thumped 4-1 by Stuttgart on their last Bundesliga outing, but a midweek DFB Cup win against Elversberg took today's hosts into that tournament's last 16, raising the mood around the Vonovia-Ruhrstadion. "There’s no need to hide," Bochum coach Thomas Letsch said in the build up to today's game. "In the recent two home matches we managed to draw with Cologne and even win against Frankfurt. Every victory gives us more confidence."
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FISCHER FOCUSED

"There are no easy games any more, and the standings don't matter," Union coach Urs Fischer insisted ahead of this Matchday 11 game. Not one to talk up his side's chances, leaders or not, the tactician points to caution instead against a wounded Bochum team. "We have to expect an intense match that we must approach with full seriousness," the Swiss said.

BOTTOM VS. TOP

Bochum face one of the toughest tests in European football as Bundesliga leaders Union come to town. VfL have occupied last place for eight consecutive matchdays, while Union have topped the table for five. Stranger things have happened - Bochum beat Frankfurt not all that long ago - but this is a Union team that can do no wrong right now. How Bayern would love a favour from rock-bottom Bochum...
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