Voice's from the Game
"Tough job, but task accomplished".
HSV won 3:1 in extra time at SpVgg Bayreuth to reach the next round of the DFB Pokal. The voices on the game.
In the end, they were not necessarily thrilled, but at least satisfied with the result. "The cup is about getting through to the next round, and we're glad we did it," HSV captain Sebastian Schonlau spoke on behalf of all the Rothosen, while the elimination of the Bundesliga teams from 1. FC Köln and Bayer Leverkusen slowly made the rounds in Bayreuth's Hans Walter Wild Stadium. "Seriously?" Schonlau asked briefly when the news reached him, before adding: "You can see it again, that's what makes the cup special. In this respect, we're just happy to have made it through to the next round, even though it was of course a hard piece of work."
HSV were 1-0 down at the break, but the substitutes Ransford Königsdörffer and Ogechika Heil were able to give the game a decisive turnaround in the second half and finally won the match 3-1 with goals from Könisgdörffer, who scored a brace, and Captain Schonlau. You can read how the other protagonists of the game experienced and classified this hard piece of work in the comments on the game.
"In the first half, everything was missing that makes up our football" Daniel Heuer Fernandes
Daniel Heuer Fernandes: Of course we can't be satisfied with the first half, there was a lack of excitement and simply everything that makes up our football. Of course, that's not our standard. In the second half we did better, were better in the duels, got into the box quicker, were more determined. I can't explain why we didn't do that right from the start, even though we knew exactly what to expect here. The fact that we don't feel like we're on the pitch at the start is something we have to change urgently and quickly. In the end, it was a deserved victory, but Bayreuth put up a great fight in the cup and we have to make sure that we are right there in the future and play our football again.
Sebastian Schonlau: We had some problems at the beginning, so we should put our focus on the second half, where we did much better. We came out well, had very good chances, which of course we have to take, but especially through the substitutions we clearly turned the game on our side in the second half and in the end we deserved to win. But we have to continue to work on playing more consistently, being more dominant and winning things. Of course I'm happy that I was able to contribute with my goal this time, but that's also the goal when I'm a defender and go forward with standards.
"The coach said the right things at half-time and brought in the right people" Jonas Meffert
Ransford Königsdörffer: "We are one round further, that is decisive. The fact that I was even able to score my first goal for HSV is of course all the nicer for me. I could have scored even more goals than my two, I had many good chances such as the crossbar header. But at least I was able to realise my goal of bringing some real momentum into our game after my substitution. So we tired Bayreuth out and played them, and when they lost more and more strength, we struck and deserved to win in the end, after the game had started very unlucky for us.
Jonas Meffert: In the first half, we were too nervous and too hectic, but in the second half we did better. The coach said the right things at half-time and brought in the right people, so we played really well in the second half. I think we deserved to win after 90 minutes, but the Bayreuth keeper made some great saves and that's how we got the extra time. It was a tough game, but cup games are always like that. In the end, we turned the game around, accomplished our task, and that also gives us confidence for the next tasks, because moments like that weld us together.
"Bayreuth made it really difficult for us and showed a strong performance" Tim Walter
Tim Walter: It was the expectedly difficult cup match against an opponent who did very well today. We, on the other hand, didn't manage at all in the first half to get ball security and depth into our game. That was definitely the worst performance since I've been a coach at HSV. But in the second half and in extra time we were able to turn it around, which speaks for our substitutes and also for the character of the boys and for our strong team structure. Therefore, compliments to my team, as well as to the Bayreuth team, who made it really, really difficult for us and showed a strong performance.
Thomas Kleine: We kept the pitch very tight in the first half, which worked out well. In the second half, too, we threw everything into the game, but HSV became stronger and stronger, had many chances and therefore deserved to win in the end. But of course it hurt us, because we were leading until shortly before the end. Nevertheless, we can be very proud of ourselves, even if we can realistically assess that the Hamburg victory is deserved.