2-0! HSV reach DFB Cup quarter finals
HSV reached the quarter finals of the DFB Cup on Tuesday evening after beating Cologne 2-0. The Hamburg scorers were Gideon Jung and Bobby Wood.
After beating Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 in the Bundesliga last Friday night, HSV recorded a further win at the Volksparkstadion on Tuesday evening (07.02.17), beating fellow Bundesliga side Cologne 2-0 in the DFB Cup and in doing so reach the quarter finals of the competition for the first time since the 2013/14 season. The home side got off to the perfect start in front of a vociferous crowd of 45,143 inside the below freezing Volksparkstadion as Gideon Jung tapped the ball home from close range after only five minutes. Hamburg did not sit back and protect that slender lead but continued to take the game to Bundesliga top ten side Cologne after the break as well. After missing a few decent chances USA striker Bobby Wood cameup with the crucial second goal on 75 minutes to ensure safe passage to the quarter finals of the cup.
Markus Gisdol made six changes to the team which deservedly beat Leverkusen on Friday night, most of the changes were forced because in Ekdal, Holtby and Müller the HSV boss was without three key men. He also decided to rest defensive duo Ostrzolek and Papadopoulos. Captain Sakai returned from suspension. New signing from Brazil Walace alongside him. The pair had great presence, good ideas and certainly looked the part in the position in front of the back four which had been the Achilles heel of the team for so long. The 21 year old Brazilian produced an astonishing performance on his HSV debut, showing that he needed little or no time to settle in.
Through a collective effort the team carried on where they had left off after the deserved home win over Leverkusen. They controlled matters after taking that 5th minute lead, creating decent chances but not adding to the lead before the break. Cologne began to mount counter attacks after half an hour but to no avail, as the miserly home defence kept them at bay including danger man Modeste, who had rattled in a hat trick against the Rothosen as Cologne beat them 3-0 in the first Bundesliga meeting of the two sides in Autumn last year. The Rothosen were well worth their one goal lead at half time.
Cologne continued to get forward at the start of the second half, creating half chances – none of which were converted. After around an hour the visitors missed a trio of sitters which seemed to deflate them with Adler and Djourou preventing them from levelling. That dangerous period served as a wake up call for the home side and several chances for both sides followed in a period of end to end action
Wood and especially Waldschmidt were unlucky – the latter striking an upright. On 75minutes though the majority of the crowd breathed a huge collective sigh of relief as Wood breezed past his marker Sörensen before coolly finishing to make it 2-0 to HSV. That was the final straw for Cologne who never recovered from that perfectly timed body blow and the Rothosen ran out the deserved 2-0 winners.
The draw for the quarter finals of the DFB Cup will be made live on German TV on Wednesday (Feb.8) evening and we of course look forward to breaking that news to you!
HSV: Adler – Sakai, Djourou, Mavraj, Douglas Santos – Walace (65. Ostrzolek), Jung (82. Papadopoulos) – Waldschmidt (78. Diekmeier), Hunt, Kostic – Wood
Cologne: Kessler - Olkowski, Sörensen, Heintz, Rausch - Özcan (54. Bittencourt), Hector (54. Höger) - Rudnevs, Osako (79. Jojic), Zoller - Modeste
Goals: 1:0 Jung (5.), 2:0 Wood (74.)
Referee: Günter Perl (Pullach)
Booked: Walace (51.), Kostic (53.) / Rausch (58.)