VfL Bochum – VfB Stuttgart
Monday match from 17.2.2020
Live commentary, by Jürgen Schmitz
Analysed and commented by Dirk Paulsen
2nd minute of play. VfB Stuttgart lose the ball in their own half as Bochum’s attacker Ganvoula energetically intervenes. As he is alone in the opponent’s half and the Stuttgart goalkeeper does not expect to lose the ball, insofar as he is on the edge of his own penalty area, as he acts as a play-off station there, Ganvoula, after winning the ball, shoots directly at goal from 40 metres. The goalkeeper rushes back and would also have been in time, but the shot misses the box quite clearly anyway. All is well, you might think, it starts well, an interesting scene, right at the beginning.
Jürgen Schmitz thinks: Philips on the right side for VfB, with the ball loss. He can try it, why not, Sylvere Ganvoula. He’s seen that Kobel is a bit wide of the goal.”
The replay is played because there was obviously a scene very early on with a goal that is worth showing and commenting on.
Jürgen Schmitz comments: “VfB played a bit casually there, and of course the Bochum players are waiting for something like that.
Dear Mr. Schmitz: EVERY team would be happy if the opponent made mistakes in the build-up to the game. They even try to provoke such mistakes. Sometimes even with a high run-up. This is exactly what Ganvoula did. Thank you for giving the striker permission to shoot at goal. WITHOUT this permission he would certainly not have dared to do so. Incidentally, Kobel is standing exactly in front of the goal, far enough for the situation, and not “a little far”, which implies that it would be TOO far.