Goalless draw against Bochum
HSV fail to score against Bochum and end the weekend in fourth place in the 2. Bundesliga.
51,953 fans watched HSV’s third home game in a row without a win. Although Christian Titz’s team had some good chances in the first half and the final few minutes of the game, they couldn’t find the breakthrough. HSV are now unbeaten in four games, but three of them have been draws.
Chances in the first half…
There were 16 days between HSV’s last game away at Darmstadt and their home game against Bochum today. During the international break, nine players from the club jetted off to play for their countries. Fiete Arp returned with an ankle injury, which meant that Khaled Narey came in to start the game. Other than this, there were no changes to the starting XI.
According to Titz, HSV used the long break to work on their tactics and especially on their transition play, which was clear at the start of the game. The team often tried more risky passes to try put Bochum under pressure and try to make them lose the ball. The away side didn’t just focus on defending, which made the game more interesting. However, the first chance didn’t come until around 22 minutes into the game, when Hwang had an effort saved. HSV then started to come into the game a little more and had a couple of good chances through Hunt just before half time. The first narrowly missed the target after a well-worked corner, before his deflected strike just before the break was well saved.
… but ultimately no goals
There were fewer chances in the second half, and the 52,000 fans in the Volksparkstadion didn’t have a lot to get excited about. Kruse’s effort at the beginning of the half was a warning sign for HSV, but that was as dangerous as the away side got.
Titz brought on Lasogga and Janjicic for Ito and Hunt for the final half an hour of the game, with Jatta coming on for Hwang ten minutes later. Jatta had the biggest impact on the game of the three substitutes, and looked the most likely to make something happen. His involvement led to a few chances in the closing stages of the contest, with Mangala and Narey both going close. Ultimately, however, HSV couldn’t find a way through and the game ended goalless.
HSV: Pollersbeck, Sakai, Bates, van Drongelen, Santos, Mangala, Narey, Hunt (63’ Janjicic), Holtby, Ito (63’ Lasogga), Hwang (71’ Jatta).
VfL Bochum: Riemann, Celozzi, Hoogland, Gyamerah, Danilo, Losilla, Tesche (69’ Maier), Kruse, C.-Y. Lee, Weilandt (79’ Sam), Hinterseer.
Referee: Christoph Günsch
Yellow cards: Narey (25’), Hoogland (54’), Lee (84’)
Red cards: -