Lasogga fires HSV into semi-finals
Hamburger SV defeated SC Paderborn 2-0 to progress to the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal. Pierre-Michel Lasogga was the man of the moment as he claimed both goals.
On Tuesday evening (2nd April) Hamburger SV were victorious as they faced SC Paderborn in the DFB-Pokal quarter final. A 2-0 win ensured Die Rothosen’s appearance in their first cup semi-final since 2009. There was nothing to separate the two sides in the first half in front of the 15,000 supporters packed into a sold out Benteler-Arena, but HSV were clearly the better side after the break and took the lead in the 54th minute thanks to a Pierre-Michel Lasogga header. Even with the goal advantage, Wolf’s side showed no signs of taking their foot off the gas and Lasogga doubled his tally and the HSV lead in the 68th minute.
Lasogga surprised at first…
Head coach Hannes Wolf made three changes to the starting XI from the goalless draw against VfL Bochum, and also made some tactical switches. HSV started the game with five in defence in order to combat the strong Paderborn attacking threat. Among the three centre-backs was Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who made his first appearance of the season and helped his team towards a clean sheet. The hosts came close with their high tempo attacks, but Papadopoulos and his team mates were everywhere to get themselves between the ball and the goal. Their defensive efforts ensured that Paderborn’s best chances to score were only a pair of free-kicks on the edge of the area. HSV were also impressive in possession, with the experience of Lewis Holtby and Gideon Jung in midfield. Die Rothosen exploited the left flank often but the attacks didn’t result in any goals, either lacking a final ball or due to the finish narrowly missing the target. Jatta and Mangala both saw their efforts go close, as well as Lasogga, who shortly before half-time, was surprised to see the ball fall to him at close range and was unable to capitalise on the chance, which meant there were no goals to separate the two sides as they headed in at half-time.
… before scoring a brace
After the whistle, HSV picked up where they had left off in the first half - uncompromising in defence and relentless in possession of the ball. In the first few minutes of the second half, Die Rothosen had two great chances to break the deadlock through Douglas Santos and Lasogga. In the 54th minute, Hamburg’s number 10 made the most of a Douglas corner as he headed the ball into the back of the net and gave HSV the lead. With one foot almost in the semi-final, Lasogga remained ice-cool as he smashed the ball home once again to double the lead in the 68th minute, after some fantastic interplay between Holtby and Orel Mangala. A brace from the German forward ensured a deserved victory for Die Rothosen, who controlled the game and didn’t allow Paderborn a chance. With a two goal lead, Wolf’s men played high up the field and saw a lot of the play conducted in the home side’s half. Whilst still posing an attacking threat, HSV were sure not to take too many risks or commit too many men forward. As a result, Die Rothosen were able to see out the game effectively and progress into the semi-finals, to the delight of the travelling supporters.
SC Paderborn: Zingerle - Dräger (70. Ritter), Schonlau, Strohdiek, Collins - Vasiliadis - Tekpetey (65. Pröger), Klement, Antwi-Adjej - Zolinski (77. Hünemeier), Michel
Hamburger SV: Pollersbeck - Bates, Papadopoulos, van Drongelen (26. Janjicic) - Jung, Mangala - Sakai, Holtby, Douglas - Lasogga (72. Özcan), Jatta (84. Narey)
Goals: 0:1 Lasogga (54.), 0:2 Lasogga (68.)
Referee: Tobias Welz (Wiesbaden)
Yellow cards: Collins (11.), Vasiliadis (83.) / Jung (33.), Sakai (67.), Douglas (86.)
Yellow-red cards: - / -
red cards: - / -