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DFB Cup, 2nd round: Werder fails in Paderborn

Werder Bremen missed out on the round of 16 of the DFB Cup despite catching up at strong second division club SC Paderborn and suffered a severe setback. SC Freiburg only prevailed against St. Pauli in extra time.

In front of 15,000 spectators, Bremen lost 4:5 on penalties in a dramatic game. After extra time it was 2: 2 (2: 2, 2: 0). Paderborn, second in the 2nd division, remains on the road to success.

Felix Platte (22nd) and Sirlord Conteh (43rd) scored the goals for the hosts. Bremen initially equalized through Leonardo Bittencourt (65′) and Mitchell Weiser (84′). But SC goalkeeper Leopold Zingerle, who saved against Bittencourt, became the celebrated cup hero for Paderborn on penalties. After losing the first round last season, the six-time cup winner failed again early in the competition.

“I screwed up today, so I can only apologize to my team,” said Bittencourt: “I’m extremely sorry for the team.”

In the run-up to the game, the suspension of Werder striker Marvin Ducksch caused a stir. According to the club, he missed “most of the mandatory regeneration measures” last Sunday and did not take part in an important team meeting. For him, Oliver Burke started up front for the first time. In addition, compared to the 0-2 defeat against Mainz 05, captain Marco Friedl (adductor problems) and Christian Groß (ill) had to miss, Milos Veljkovic and Jens Stage moved into the starting eleven.

The second division played boldly from the start, and an intense game developed. Mitchell Weiser headed past Bremen’s first chance (2′), while Raphael Obermair missed a chance for the hosts (8′). Platte did better in the middle of the first half: after a nice combination, he sank the ball in the lower left corner.

In the period that followed, Bundesliga top scorer Niclas Füllkrug tried to equalize again and again. The 29-year-old’s shot from close range was missed by Paderborn keeper Leopold Zingerle (39′), after which his header didn’t pose enough of a threat (40′). Instead of 1: 1, it was then 2: 0 for the second division: Conteh ran away from his opponent Veljkovic and put the ball in Jiri Pavlenka’s goal.

After a disappointing first half, Werner made the switch and brought on Lee Buchanan and Niklas Schmidt for Stage and Anthony Jung – but the hosts continued to play unimpressed. After Ron Schallenberg missed the chance to make it 3-0 (56′), it was Bittencourt, who had just come on as a substitute, whose deflected shot surprisingly put Werder back into play. Weiser saved the Bundesliga club with a head into extra time.

There, Füllkrug became the supposed match winner (101st), but referee Frank Willenborg took the goal back after consultation with his assistant – there is no VAR in the cup.

Freiburg – St. Pauli: Late goals for the favorite

It was only with a show of strength in extra time that Freiburg prevented the early exit from the DFB Cup. 151 days after the final in Berlin, coach Christian Streich’s team made it through to a late goal by Michael Gregoritsch to make it 2-1 (1-1, 0-1) against second-division FC St. Pauli into the round of 16.

Matthias Ginter (90+3) forced extra time with his equalizing goal in added time after Lukas Daschner (42′) put Hamburg ahead in front of 33,500 spectators. In the 119th minute, Gregoritsch ensured the decision in favor of the Breisgauer, who had lost the final on penalties against RB Leipzig on May 21st.

Streich rotated – as announced – a lot compared to Sunday and changed his starting eleven to seven positions. In addition to regular keeper Mark Flekken, “perennial favorites” Philipp Lienhart, Nicolas Höfler, Vincenzo Grifo and Gregoritsch were initially given a break. Substitute keeper Noah Atubolu, Keven Schlotterbeck and Noah Weißhaupt, among others, made the starting eleven.

Freiburg started with a lot of possession, but the guests from Hamburg interfered early on and had a good chance to score. But Etienne Amenyido’s shot went just over the bar (4th). In the early stages, Freiburg found it difficult to set offensive accents.

Breisgauer tried again and again on the left and captain Christian Günter, but it wasn’t until the 30th minute before the Sport-Club became dangerous for the first time: Günter shot from around 20 meters and just missed the lead (30th). .

While the hosts continued to dominate the game but were harmless, St. Pauli had a top-class chance. Daschner had a lot of space on the right and marched to the penalty area. There he put it across to Amenyido, whose shot from close range was parried by Atubolu (37′).

The guests took the lead a little later: After a mistake by Schlotterbeck, the ball landed at Daschner, who ran alone towards Atubolu and lobbed the ball over the Freiburg goalkeeper, which is a sight to behold (42′).

Streich reacted during the break and made four changes. Gregoritsch, Höfler, Daniel-Kofi Kyereh and Lienhart came into the game. But even then, Freiburg rarely created chances (71′) and St. Pauli continued to wait for a counterattack.

But in stoppage time, Ginter struck with a head. In the extra time, Freiburg seemed fresher and created good chances through Lukas Kübler (98th) and Gregoritsch (99th).

Sandhausen – Karlsruhe: Strange penalty shootout

Second division team SV Sandhausen made it into the last 16 of the DFB Cup for the fourth time. In the Baden neighborhood duel with the league rivals Karlsruher SC, the table 15 sat down. 8:7 in a curious penalty shoot-out. After 120 minutes it was 2:2, only KSC professional Marcel Franke failed after hitting the 15th shot.

The KSC, cup winners in 1955 and 1956, was denied a success story like in the previous season, which had led to the quarter-finals.

The lead fell into the lap of the hosts: After a cross from Philipp Ochs, KSC defender Stephan Ambrosius maneuvered the ball into his own goal with a failed defensive action (8′).

In front of 8,500 spectators in the Hardtwald stadium, Christian Kinsombi missed the great chance to make it 2-0 just four minutes later when he failed completely free to goalkeeper Marius Gersbeck.

KSC also blundered in the second Sandhäuser goal: Gersbeck punched the ball too short, Alexander Schirow gratefully accepted the gift (44th). After a handball from Merveille Papela, Marvin Wanitzek reduced the penalty from the penalty spot (58′). The guests, shockingly weak in the first half, went into more attacking form after the break and were rewarded with Tim Breithaupt’s equalizer (72′). In the extra time, Dario Dumic headed the crossbar for Sandhausen (117th).



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