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Bochum primed for glamour tie with FCB

Postby FCBayernNews » Sat Dec 17, 2011 7:40 pm

VfL Bochum warmed up nicely for Tuesday's DFB Cup last sixteen clash against Bayern with a 2-0 victory away to FSV Frankfurt on Saturday, taking the Ruhr valley outfit up to ninth in the second division standings, although two other teams could still overtake VfL depending on Sunday's results.

A 3,500 crowd at Bornheimer Hang in Frankfurt saw former Munich man Björn Kopplin open the scoring on 20 minutes, with striker Chong Tese doubling the advantage just two minutes later. Coach Andreas Bergmann's Bochum side comfortably protected the lead through to the break, and might have scored further goals in the second period, but Takashi Inui (53), Christoph Dabrowski (62) and Giovanni Federico (88) failed to convert clear-cut openings.

"In the first half we were disciplined and kept it tight. We should have scored a third after half-time," summarised Bergmann. "I'm satisfied overall, because the team proved they weren't thinking about the cup tie against Bayern, even though that's all anyone's been asking us about recently. Now we can look forward to it properly and start our preparations."

Benefiting with Bergmann

Bergmann took the Bochum hot seat in mid-September with the club, considered promotion candidates before the season, lying second-to-bottom of the league. VfL garnered 20 points from their next 12 matches and are now safely anchored in mid-table. The men in blue are unbeaten in their last three matches, and turned in their best performance of the season so far a week ago in drawing 1-1 with leaders Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Saturday's victory in Frankfurt would give the team "even more confidence and stability," said VfL captain Dabrowski. The veteran described the upcoming meeting with Bayern as "another big highlight to round off the year. I'm 100 percent convinced that each and every one of us will go to the limit." The second division side certainly do not regard the clash with the team top of the Bundesliga as a foregone conclusion. Andreas Luthe, the best keeper in the second division this season according to kicker magazine, is a firm subscriber to that view: "Anything can happen in the cup. That's what's so good about football. If it wasn't, you needn't bother watching."
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