Tooor for FC 08 Homburg, 1-1 by Markus Mendler
Yellow card for Eric Smith (FC St. Pauli)
How does FC Homburg react to the deficit? So far, things have rarely progressed. Now Danny Schwarz’s team has to be a little braver.
Tooor for FC St. Pauli, 0-1 by Hauke Wahl
The thing is inside! Eric Smith extends a corner from the left side to the second post. Hauke Wahl reacts quicker than two opponents and pushes the ball over the line from three meters.
A cross from Marcel Hartel is cleared by Michael Heilig in front of Jackson Irvine for a corner. It doesn’t become dangerous after the corner kick because referee Martin Petersen saw an offensive foul from Irvine.
Danny Schwarz’s team has to invest a lot of willingness to run. The guest from Hamburg now has more than 70% possession of the ball. The fourth division team has so far managed to prevent clear scoring opportunities.
After Laurin von Piechowski fouls Etienne Amenyido, FC St. Pauli gets a free kick from 25 meters in a central position. Eric Smith sets the standard a good deal above the case.
Suddenly the ball lands in the penalty area with Marcel Hartel in a central position. However, the header is too out of place. Tom Kretzschmar grabs it securely with both hands.
On the left, Johannes Eggestein fuels his way to the baseline. Goalkeeper Tom Kretzschmar buried the hard, flat cross at the first post.
That was important: Laurin intercepted a dangerous pass into the interface from Piechowski just behind the penalty area boundary. Etienne Amenyido would have had free rein.
Homburg is deep in its own half. After winning the ball, the underdog still courageously looks for the way forward. But the guests win the decisive duels.
On the right wing, Philipp Hoffmann is sent towards the baseline. Before things get dangerous, however, a whistle sounds. The Homburger was offside.
Lars Ritzka tries to move into the penalty area on the left side. He gets stuck on the opponent, but at least gets a corner. However, the cross due is not dangerous.
In the first minutes of the game, possession of the ball belongs to the guests. The home team retreats compactly into their own half. So the ball runs quietly through the ranks of St. Pauli for the time being.
The ball is rolling in Homburg! Will the favorite win or will the outsider cause the next big surprise?
There is still some snow to be seen on the sidelines, but the grass is clear. The club from Saarland has been working for days to keep the turf in the venerable Waldstadion playable in the frosty temperatures – because there is no turf heating. Instead, protective tarpaulins were used, which are normally used in asparagus fields.
FC Homburg’s path to the round of 16 led them to sensational victories against SV Darmstadt 98 (3:0) and SpVgg Greuther Fürth (2:1). St. Pauli won comfortably 5-0 against Atlas Delmenhorst in the first round. In the second division duel against FC Schalke 04 (2:1), the decision was only made in extra time.
The guests from Hamburg also recently played a draw. After a 2-0 lead, Fabian Hürzeler’s team drew 2-2 with Hamburger SV in the derby. The coach makes three changes. As in the previous two rounds, substitute goalkeeper Sascha Burchert stands between the posts. Regular goalkeeper Nikola Vasilj takes a seat on the bench. In addition, Manolis Saliakas and Elias Saad (both bench) will be replaced by Lars Ritzka and Etienne Amenyido.
“You can feel the anticipation everywhere. The club has been looking forward to having an event like this again for decades,” said Danny Schwarz in advance. At the weekend his team drew 1-1 with promotion rivals 1899 Hoffenheim II. In comparison, he changes his starting lineup in one position. Midfielder Lukas Quirin makes way for defender Laurin von Piechowski.
Will FC Homburg continue its cup fairytale? The only remaining fourth division team is leader in the Regionalliga West. Coach Danny Schwarz’s team has been unbeaten in eleven competitive games with eight wins. So the self-confidence for a football miracle is there – but FC St. Pauli, as the current leaders in the 2nd Bundesliga, of course remains the favorite.
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