Gladbach 1-0 VfL Bochum

Posted on May 19, 2011

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BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH will take a one goal advantage in to the second-leg of their play off with VfL Bochum following Igor Di Camargo’s injury-time winner.

Di Camargo fired home from 12 yards to win the match for Gladbach after Bochum keeper Andreas Luthe turned in an inspired performance at Borussia Park.

The Bochum keeper pulled off a string of top class saves and especially, from Mike Hanke, who he prevented scoring on so many occasions.

Gladbach coach Lucien Favre stuck with the same eleven that just missed out on survival after a 1-1 draw with Hamburg at the Imtech Arena.

Favre’s side have conceded just two goals in five games and Die Fohlen went for the usual defensive six of Stegen in goal, Jantschke, Stranzl, Dante, Daems and holding-midfielder Havard Nordtveit.

Marco Reus has attracted plenty of interest from some of Europe’s elite clubs in recent weeks and he started on the right-side of midfield with the home side going for a 4-4-2.

Second division Bochum also kept the same team from the weekend and they defeated Duisburg 3-1 at the weekend with Freidhelm Funkel deploying a 4-2-3-1 formation this evening.

The giant Andreas Luthe in goal is an imposing figure and has built a strong barrier along with Funkel’s back-four of Kopplin, Maltritz, Yahia and Ostrzolek.

However, the visitors were dealt with a huge blow last week when Mimoun Azaouagh and Kevin Vogt were ruled out for the first-leg with injury.

Gladbach 1-0 Bochum: 90 minutes

In front of a full-house at Borussia Park, Gladbach started on the front-foot and Juan Arango was not far away from a very early opener after he met Tony Jantschke’s cross at the back-post.

But Bochum responded well and on four minutes hit the bar when Algerian defender Anthar Yahia rose highest in the box to head the corner-kick on to the crossbar, despite the best attempts of Jantschke on the goal-line.

And after a period of sustained pressure from Gladbach, Bochum unleashed a quick counter-attack from Arango’s set-piece at the other end and Marcel Maltritz’s was parried over the bar following the defender’s marauding run up the park.

Gladbach, again, managed to miss another huge chance from a set-piece as Dante was given acres of space to head over from Arango’s corner-kick.

Bochum will thank keeper Andreas Luthe who pulled off three saves in a row as Gladbach pounded the 24-year-old, firstly, with Mike Hanke’s low shot which was parried by Luthe and the two rebounds from Arango saved again.

After the interval, both sides looked nervous and Gladbach could not continue their first-half dominance in to the early spells of the second-half.

The home side looked the more likely to score mid-way through the half with Marco Reus producing a fine save from a free-kick and Luthe saving from Hanke’s header.

Brazilian defender Dante was inches away on 84 minutes from heading his side in to the lead from Arango’s cross.

Then it was Arango who pulled off another save from Luthe after a fine left-foot volley across the goal was well saved from the Bochum keeper.

It was quickly becoming Andreas Luthe vs Gladbach and the Bochum keeper pulled off a terrific save from Mike Hanke as the away side looked to hold on.

And they could have sneaked it towards the end when they had two chances through Dabrowski and North Korean Tae-se Jong.

However, the game took another dramatic twist and Gladbach opened the scoring through substitute Igor Di Camargo after Luthe did his best to thwart efforts from Hanke and Arango but he could not stop the Belgian’s rebounded shot.

Bochum coach Freidhelm Funkel expressed his anger at the referee towards the end and his team have to turn around a one-goal deficit to gain promotion to the Bundesliga.

Gladbach: It’s in your hands

As I posted on Saturday, I felt Gladbach had their chances to comfortably win the game and tonight was no different.

The home side missed a barrell-load of chances but credit does have to go to Andreas Luthe who seemed unbeatable on the night. Mike Hanke missed four decent opportunities and needs to sharpen up for the second-leg.

Marco Reus and Juan Arango were as dangerous as ever, Arango, in particular, had a very good game and was supplying some great crosses from the left-hand side.

The ball is in Gladbach’s court after tonight’s victory and they will not need to force themselves to attack in Bochum which might play to their advantage.

Although, that’s not to say Gladbach could not go away and do just that as they have the players to score two or three goals next Wednesday.

Bochum: Stubborn, resilient and dangerous

Those are three words which sum up Bochum’s performance tonight but they weren’t stubborn and resilient enough to hold out for the extra few seconds the referee added on after the 92 minutes of football.

That just sums up the fine line between winning and losing as Igor Di Camargo sweeped home the vital goal when the referee should have already blown for full-time.

However, Freidhelm Funkel can take many encouraging things from tonight’s match and despite being on the back-foot for large spells of the game, they looked extremely dangerous on the break.

Andreas Luthe in goal had a quite stunning performance between the sticks and made six or seven very good saves to prevent Gladbach going in front. The 24-year-old will need to produce a similar display next Wednesday when the sides meet again.

At the back, Bjorn Kopplin had an outstanding game and the former FC Bayern youth star may have attracted the interest of a few German clubs with that display. His distribution was excellent and his defensive work was top class as he made some huge blocks.

Anther Yahia had a solid game at centre-half as well and Bochum will need to be as solid to stop a rampant Gladbach team from winning another game.

But on the break could be where Bochum produce the goods next week, although their fans may expect them to be more attack-minded and that could leave spaces at the back for Gladbach’s pacey attackers to exploit.

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