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DFB Cup: RB Leipzig shoots down HSV

Defending champions RB Leipzig clearly prevailed against Hamburger SV in the second round of the DFB Cup. Eintracht Frankfurt and Mainz 05 also mastered their tasks with lower league teams with ease.

RB Leipzig has solved its tricky second-round task in the DFB-Pokal confidently. The team coached by Marco Rose won 4-0 (2-0) against second-division third-placed Hamburger SV after initial difficulties. After the fifth round of sixteen in a row, the Saxons can continue to dream of successfully defending their title.

Yussuf Poulsen (33rd/36th), Mohamed Simakan (69th) and Benjamin Henrichs (82nd) ​​scored the goals of the Champions League participant in front of the future sports director Max Eberl. Without the attacking duo Christopher Nkunku (wrist surgery) and Timo Werner (infection), the Leipzig team showed their usual speed, but there were also many mistakes. Despite the clear result, a class difference was not recognizable for a long time.

After the 3-2 win against Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga on Sunday, Rose only made three changes. The RB coach replaced top scorer Nkunku (seven goals) and national striker Werner (three) with a double lead of Poulsen and Andre Silva, Emil Forsberg, who had become fit in time, whirled on the left.

DFB Cup: HSV shakes RB Leipzig awake with a crossbar hit

But the Leipzig team didn’t seem well-rehearsed at first. Especially in the build-up game, RB made simple mistakes at the beginning, the guests played bravely and at times even gained a small overweight. The first big chance also belonged to the Hanseatic League: Miro Muheim hammered the ball into the right crossbar from 23 meters (20′).

The cup winner was slow to get going in front of 44,787 spectators. Henrichs shot from distance after half an hour, but HSV goalkeeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes didn’t cause any problems with the imprecise attempt, it was the home side’s first goal. The Leipzig audience was getting impatient.

In the midst of the first whistles, Poulsen saved the Rose team, the Dane scoring from close range after a cross from right-back Simakan who had moved up. Only three minutes later, the attacker followed up. Hamburg’s left defense was empty again, Silva penetrated and served Poulsen, who pushed in from the same position.

After the restart, there was an open exchange of blows, also because the second division increased the risk early on. RB keeper Janis Blaswich saved from Anssi Tapio Suhonen, who was ready to score (58th). Coach Tim Walter’s team fought against the end, and Leipzig now had a lot of space. But the decision was made after a set piece: Simakan headed in after a Forsberg corner.

DFB Cup: Eintracht Frankfurt defeats Stuttgarter Kickers

Noble fan Jürgen Klinsmann kept his fingers crossed, but Eintracht Frankfurt was just a little too big for “his” Stuttgarter Kickers. The Europa League winners, who were only convincing at times, lacklusterly lived up to their role as favorites in the second round of the cup with the fifth division team and, after a poor 2-0 (2-0), remains represented in all three competitions.

Randal Kolo Muani (11th) and Hrvoje Smolcic (18th) scored in the Degerloch district of Stuttgart for the conservative Champions League participant. Despite their great fighting spirit and tireless commitment, the valiant Kickers missed the tiny chance of becoming the first fifth division team in the 80-year history of the cup to reach the round of 16.

Even the former national coach Klinsmann was looking forward to the sensation with a “second espresso” in distant California at nine o’clock in the morning local time. And indeed, the leaders of the Oberliga Baden-Württemberg started bravely. Why not? The Kickers had already duped Eintracht in the cup once before: When the then second division team stormed to the final in 1987, they won 3-1 in the round of the last eight.

Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner took the former Bundesliga team seriously and brought only three new ones in front of 10,000 spectators in the sold-out, oldest football stadium in Germany. Smolcic was one of them and headed in from a corner by Mario Götze – 0:2.

A little later, Frankfurt’s Rafael Borré failed free-standing on the post (25th). This imprecise conclusion was not the only lack of concentration on the guest offensive, which came to surprisingly few conclusions against the snappy blues. Glasner once or twice vented his dissatisfaction.

Pyrotechnics delay restart

The start of the second half was delayed by a few minutes due to the massive use of pyrotechnics by both fan camps. Even after that Eintracht didn’t burn any fireworks. “Forward!” bellowed Glasner – clearly audible, despite the best cup mood.

But even with the fresh attackers Lucas Alario and Faride Alidou (both 61st), Frankfurt did not become more creative. After all, goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who had traveled directly from Paris from the Ballon d’Or gala, rarely had to intervene.

Mainz 05 wins lackluster in Lübeck

Without problems, but also without shine: FSV Mainz 05 has walked into the round of 16 of the DFB Cup. Coach Bo Svensson’s team won the second round game at regional league club VfB Lübeck 3-0 (2-0) and confidently lived up to their position as favourites. Alexander Hack (16th), Marcus Ingvartsen (43rd) and Aymen Barkok (88th) scored for the Bundesliga club, which this time gave Lübeck no chance of a cup coup.

13 years ago, Mainz made a fool of themselves at the Lohmühle, Svensson watched the embarrassing end from the 05’s bench.

In front of 9974 fans, Lübeck could only briefly dream of another miracle. “We just want to annoy them and enjoy it. And then we’ll see what comes of it,” said coach Lukas Pfeiffer. The underdog – undefeated in 23 games before the game – started without fear, was snappy, threw himself into every ball. But in terms of technique and speed, Mainz naturally had more to offer.

The biggest excitement was the interim interruption of the game after the visiting fans in particular had burned off pyrotechnics and fired rockets. Referee Robin Braun (Wuppertal) kicked off the second half with a delay after Lübeck’s captain Tommy Grupe and coach Pfeiffer had persuaded the supporters.

In terms of sport, Hack took the first chance to take the lead after a corner kick, and Ingvartsen cleverly made things clear before the break after a counterattack.

DFB-Pokal: 1. FC Nürnberg thanks to an own goal

After a three-year absence, 1. FC Nürnberg is back in the DFB Cup round of 16. The second division took the uncomfortable hurdle away from Waldhof Mannheim on Tuesday 1-0 (0-0), the decisive goal against the strong third division was an own goal by Gerrit Gohlke (63rd).

In fact, this duel was a cup final a long time ago: In 1939, FCN won 2-0 in front of 60,000 spectators in the Berlin Olympic Stadium. This time it was up to Mannheim to keep the game open as a lower-class club, the Waldhof also kept up well with an excellent atmosphere. The four-time cup winner Nuremberg was superior, but not sufficiently dangerous.

After a short break because Nuremberg fans burned off pyrotechnics, the guests dominated more clearly. Gohlke then failed a rescue attempt to make it 0:1, seconds later Laurent Jans missed the huge chance to equalize from five meters out: he shot over the goal.


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