First Team

Defeat at Bochum

The Wolves were beaten 3-1 on the road.

VfL Wolfsburg’s struggles away from home continued on Saturday afternoon as they were beaten 3-1 by VfL Bochum, their sixth consecutive defeat on the road. Patrick Osterhage opened the scoring for the hosts in the 19th minute. Bernardo made it 2-0 with a header on 39 minutes, before Mattias Svanberg pulled a goal back for the Wolves in first-half stoppage time.

In the second half, the visitors had opportunities to draw level but conceded a third goal late on, Christopher Antwi-Adjei finishing off a counter-attack to wrap up a first home win of the season for Bochum.

The Green-and-Whites don’t have much time to catch their breath as they travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach in the DFB Cup round of 16 on Tuesday 5 December (kick-off 20:45 CET).


  • 1-0 Patrick Osterhage (19’): It had been coming: Erhan Masovic sends the ball back into the middle at the far post, where Anthony Losilla deflects it onto Osterhage, who gives the hosts the lead with a placed shot from 14 metres.
  • 2-0 Bernardo (39’): Kevin Stöger sends a corner from the left to the penalty spot, where Bernardo gets the better of the VfL defence and heads the ball majestically into the net from ten metres.
  • 2-1 Mattias Svanberg (45’+1): Somewhat out of the blue, Jonas Wind manages to play the ball in behind while falling. Svanberg is onto it and no one is really watching him, allowing the Swede to run through and slot the ball past Bochum goalkeeper Manuel Riemann.
  • 3-1 Christopher Antwi-Adjei (87’): That seals it. After a Wolfsburg free kick, Riemann punts the ball long. Moritz Kwarteng flicks it on into the path of Antwi-Adjei, who keeps his composure one-on-one against Koen Casteels and slots it into the bottom right corner from 12 metres.


Niko Kovac: “Bochum deserved to win, especially because of the first half, which is where we lost the game. We just weren’t at the races in the first half. We were consistently too slow in the challenges, we weren’t energetic enough and we also lost the second balls. Bochum were able to get forward quickly in transition and get behind our lines. We didn’t create any chances for ourselves. We were better in the second half and had a few opportunities. Nevertheless, we didn’t invest as much as Bochum did, and that’s why we didn’t deserve to take anything more from the game.”

Thomas Letsch: “We showed greater intensity and passion from the outset, and we didn’t let a technically good team implement their game. We did that very well in the first half, although we also had a period in which we gave possession away too cheaply. We also conceded a goal at a bad time. We knew that Wolfsburg would exert more pressure in the second half, but we defended very passionately. Everyone put the team first, and for that reason the victory is absolutely deserved.”

Line-ups and stats

VfL Bochum: Riemann – Gamboa (81‘ Oermann), Masovic, Schlotterbeck, Bernardo – Osterhage, Losilla, Bero (72‘ Antwi-Adjei), Stöger (59‘ Wittek) – Hofmann (59‘ Broschinski), Asano (72‘ Kwarteng)

Subs: Thiede (GK), Passlack, Daschner, Paciencia

VfL Wolfsburg: Casteels – Lacroix, Jenz, Zesiger – Baku (63‘ Maehle), Svanberg, Vranckx, Rogerio (76‘ Tomas), Cerny (76‘ Paredes), Majer (63‘ Gerhardt) – Wind

Subs: Pervan (GK), Cozza, Fischer, Amoako, Kaminski

Goals: 1-0 Osterhage (19‘), 2-0 Bernado (39‘), 2-1 Svanberg (45‘+1), 3:1 Antwi-Adjei (87‘)

Yellow cards: Bero, Stöger, Asano, Gamboa, Wittek, Schlotterbeck / Vranckx, Jenz

Referee: Robert Schröder (Hannover)