Full-time: Heidenheim 0-0 Bochum
No goals at the Voith-Arena with both sides playing out a closely-fought contest of few clear-cut chances. A point apiece will likely be a satisfactory return for coaches Schmidt and Letsch.
Schlotterbeck and Pieringer clash in the Bochum box but the referee says nothing doing and we play on.
Time running out
Are we to have a winner here? Bochum are looking to score it at the moment with some high balls continuing to land in the Heidenheim area.
Riemann let off
Bochum's goalkeeper almost hands Heidenheim the lead. Nikola Dovedan's snapshot has power but it is central. Riemann pushes the ball back towards his own goal, spins and scoops it off the line at the last second.
Takuma Asano nearly opens the scoring but the Japan international's shot following some fine control zips just wide.
Heidenheim sub Marnon Busch sends a dangerous ball into the area towards Beste. Gamboa throws himself into the situation and manages to nudge the ball out for a corner, which comes to nothing.
The running men
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Schlotterbeck sees yellow
Schlotterbeck wrestles the flying Eren Dinkçi to the floor and this game has one more booking.
Suddenly this game is blown wide open and Bernardo is in on the left. Hard to say whether what the Brazilian produces is a shot or a cross but it goes close enough to Müller that the keeper has to parry away.
The Heidenheim man tugs Asano back as Bochum look to break and that's a yellow card.
Riemann rescues Bochum
Kleindienst is played through and Heidenheim's No. 10 gets a low shot away which Riemann gets down to block wide.
Shot count rising
Müller's moment in the sun
Patrick Osterhage smashes a left-footed shot towards goal but it's just too central and although Müller's diving, two-handed stop is spectacular, the home keeper would have been expected to make that save.
A couple of rash challenges in quick succession sees Eren Dinkçi and then Jan Schöppner booked. For Dinkçi, that means a suspension for Heidenheim's next game against RB Leipzig.
Bochum are applying the early second-half pressure but the visitors are finding it tough to eek out a clear-cut chance.
Bochum get us back underway in the second half.
No goals at the Voith-Arena as the teams head in for a deserved break on a chill early evening in Heidenheim.
Stöger and Hofmann combine and suddenly it looks like Asano might be in, until Mainka steps in to concede the corner. Stöger wallops off target from teh resulting set piece.
Beste is the man on corner duties once again for Heidenheim and the 24-year-old delivers one into the centre which Mainka can only head over.
The recently-promoted side are shading the XG at this stage but can they convert that expectation into a lead?
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Beck off target
Bochum fail to clear the lines and the ball eventually breaks for Beck, who drills wide of the target.
Daschner pulls back Beste and the referee take out the yellow card for the first time in this game.
Dinkçi this time takes it forward for Heidenheim and he fancies a shot, which takes the slightest of deflections before landing harmlessly in the arms of Riemann.
Stöger has a pop
Stöger picks up possession before unleashing a low, left-footed drive from distance. Müller watches that all the way, with the ball fizzing harmlessly wide.
FCH working hard
Heidenheim have won 66 per cent of the duels so far an d the home side have also been putting in more running than their opponents. The big chances have yet to arrive, however.
Hosts in the ascendency
Suddenly Asano is in and he watches the dropping ball all the way inside the Heidenheim area, before Union captain Patrick Mainka muscles the Japanese out of the way.
No go Stöger
Kevin Stöger takes a long time standing over a set-piece but the Austrian's delivery is poor and Heidenheim can clear easily. Still, it's been an entertaining start to this Matchday 12 encounter.
Immediately back up the other end we go and Asano latches onto the long ball before shooting well wide.
Dinkçi's opening gambit
Solid start for the hosts as Eren Dinkçi smashes a shot on the half-volley into the side netting.
Heidenheim, all in red, get us underway against Bochum, who are kitted it in all blue today.
Both sets of players take to the field as the flags wave in the stands all around. We're all set for kick off in Heidenheim!
Hard to call
So, will it be the hosts who collect their fourth home win of the campaign here or can Thomas Letsch's side pick up their second away victory in a row? We're soon to find out!
The Voith-Arena is bouncing ahead of the first Bundesliga meeting between these two teams! We're edging ever closer to to kick-off ...
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Heidenheim starting XI
Müller - Traoré, Mainka (c), Gimber, Föhrenbach - Maloney - Dinkçi, Schöppner, Beck, Beste - Kleindienst
Eicher, Siersleben, Busch, Theuerkauf, Dovedan, Thomalla, Pick, Schimmer, Pieringer
Bochum starting XI
Riemann - Gamboa, Mašović, Schlotterbeck, Bernardo - Osterhage, Losilla (c), Stöger - Daschner, Asano, Hofmann
Thiede, Wittek, Loosli, Passlack, Förster, Kwarteng, Antwi-Adjei, Broschinski, Paciência
Schmidt's view on Bochum
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Letsch's view on Heidenheim
Home vs. away form
Heidenheim have claimed nine of their 10 points after 11 matches on home soil. Bochum have amassed five on their travels, compared to four in front of their own fans.
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Bochum beat Heidenheim home and away in 2019/20 and their promotion-winning 2020/21 campaign, giving them a head-to-head lead of eight wins to four (two draws). However, this is the first meeting between the two clubs in the Bundesliga.
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