The Basic Summary
Despite an own goal in the first half, Bayern Munich came back stronger against Vfl Bochum, ending the game in a 2-1 win.
The game on Tuesday played at Vonovia Ruhrstadion Stadium saw the home team lead at 1-0 in the first half.
With three Bayern defenders in the front row of the goal post, Danny Blums attempt to score saw the ball deflect off of Alphonso Davies’ right leg and straight into the goalpost.The Canadian’s devastation was evident on the pitch as he crouched down covering his face with both hands.
Bayern only managed to equalize eight minutes before full time. Kingsley Coman pushed the ball deep into the opposition half and a cross from Joshua Kimmich sent the ball past Bochum defenders. Serge Gnabry finds the ball at the left edge of the six-yard box giving him a clear path to find the back of the net.
The only red card in the game came minutes later from a deliberate handball by Armel Bella-Kotchap. The 17 year old player tried to grab the ball away from Thomas Muller after he came stumbling down and was sent off by the referee immediately.
Thomas Muller scored his 31st DFB Pokal goal a minute later that would end up being the winning goal. Both Bochum player Lee Chung-yong and their goalkeeper Manuel Riemann stood body-to-body in front of the Bayern forward. This gave him the opportunity to tap the ball right between their legs and straight into the goal before all three players fell behind the line as well.
Two Observations from the game:
- Bayern were the better team offensively
Despite watching the ball see-saw between both halves on the pitch in the first half of the game, Bayern were evidently the better side. With almost three times as many shots and almost four times as many shot on goal than Bochum, Bayern deserved to have scored more goals than they did.
As Bayern focused on attacking, Bochum retreated back into their own half and concentrated all of their efforts on defending the goal. This was seen increasingly after the own goal in the first half gave them their lead. Both teams mostly shifted between 4-3-3 and 1-3-2-4 positions depending on if they were attacking or defending at that moment.
- The change at half-time made a huge difference
There is no doubt that Bayern started the match assuming it would be an easy win. Things quickly changed on the pitch proving second division Bochum to be a bigger threat than the Bayern players were ready for.
In the second half of the game, Robert Lewandowski, Philippe Coutinho and Thomas Muller were all brought in strengthen the Bayern attacking line. These three players coupled with Coman and Gnabry make the Bayern dream attack and turned the game around as Bayern begun to create more opportunities to get the ball to the back of the net.