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1. FC Union Berlin vs SC Paderborn 07

German DFB Pokal, 2

1. FC Union vs Paderborn

German DFB Pokal, 2

Tue., 22. December 2020, 20:45 Uhr
An der Alten Försterei
2 : 3
SR: Frank Willenborg

Union suffer narrow defeat to Paderborn

Match report

Despite piling on the pressure at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei, 1. FC Union Berlin went out of the German Cup after a 2-3 home defeat to Paderborn.

The Köpenick club trailed 1-3 at the break but an own goal from Uwe Hünemeier handed Union a lifeline back into the match. Sven Michel hit a double and Dennis Srbeny had sent Paderborn into an emphatic first-half lead despite Urs Fischer's side levelling through Grischa Prömel.

Steffen Baumgart's side held on at the death to progress to the last 16.

1. FC Union Berlin: Karius; Trimmel (Ryerson 78), Knoche, Friedrich, Lenz (Gießelmann 78); Andrich, Prömel; Becker (Gogia 70), Teuchert (Griesbeck 58), Endo (Bülter 58); Awoniyi

SC Paderborn: Zingerle; Dörfler (Ananou 78), Hünemeier, Schönlau, Okoroji; Schallenberg, Ingelsson, Thalhammer (Justvan 66), Srbeny (Owusu 78); Michel (Pröger 90), Führich (Antwei-Adjej 66)

The final match of the calendar year was Union's first DFB Pokal home clash in seven years. Fischer's side, which included Loris Karius and Keita Endo from the start, fell behind after just three minutes as Michel tapped home at the far post. Within two minutes, Union were back on level terms through midfielder Prömel. Sheraldo Becker forced the issue with a dangerous cross, which was cleared by Hünemeier straight into Prömel's path and the 25-year-old fired past Leopold Zingerle. Japanese winger Endo was handed the nod on the left-hand side as he looks to find form following a period of injury. Endo sparked a great move from Union in the 20th minute, tenaciously winning the ball back in midfield. Cedric Teuchert took the ball into his path at the corner of the area but lost his balance and shot over the crossbar. A 10-minute or spell in the first half was the most dominant period from Fischer until the interval. Christopher Lenz and Endo set up two opportunities for Taiwo Awoniyi to build on his scoring run of the last week, but the Nigerian was unable to get the edge over the Paderborn defence. On 30 minutes, a well-worked corner-kick turned into the second goal for Paderborn – Svante Ingelsson struck on target but Karius' save fell as far as Srbeny who finished off from a few yards out. Six minutes later, Union were caught flat-footed and a blistering Paderborn counter-attack was finished off by Michel to make it 1-3.

Fischer stuck with the chosen XI for the second 45 minutes and afforded his team time to re-gain control of the clash. They did so within 13 minutes when Lenz's cross was deflected into the net by former Brighton defender and captain Hünemeier. Before the restart of action, Fischer turned the screw, introducing Sebastian Griesbeck and Marius Bülter for Teuchert and Endo. Griesbeck's introduction strengthened the midfield base for Union to control the game and take away the risk factor of another Paderborn counter. Akaki Gogia replaced Becker with 20 minutes to go as the attacks headed in one direction. On 71 minutes, Bülter picked out Prömel at the edge of the penalty box and the midfielder cannoned a 20-yard shot off the crossbar. Two minutes later, Prömel was denied again by Leo Zingerle. After Fischer gave minutes to Julian Ryerson and Niko Gießelmann, the returning Robert Andrich almost clinched the equaliser but his goalbound shot from 25 yards struck Hünemeier at the edge of the six-yard-box. In the fourth minute of additional time, Union came agonisingly close to taking the game beyond 90 minutes. Bülter twisted-and-turned away from Chima Okoroji and set up Awoniyi but the shot wickedly came off the inside of the post to the relief of the 2.Bundesliga side. Union Berlin's first defeat since the opening week of the Bundesliga campaign brings an end to the DFB Pokal campaign, but Fischer's side will quickly turn their attentions after the Christmas period to the January 2 league match away to Werder Bremen.

Union face Paderborn in Köpenick

Match preview

1. FC Union Berlin will take on 2.Bundesliga outfit Paderborn at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei in the second round of Germany's DFB Pokal on Tuesday night at 20:45.

The Cup match is Union's first home DFB Pokal clash since Kaiserslautern in 2013.


1. FC Union Berlin completed a sensational 'English Week' in the Bundesliga with a 2-1 win at home to Borussia Dortmund on Friday. Marvin Friedrich's fourth goal of the season proved to be the decisive moment of the match with around 13 minutes to play in the capital. Dortmund, under the interim management of Edin Terzic, were looking to reverse last season's Bundesliga defeat at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. Lacking in confidence and form, Dortmund came up short and Urs Fischer's side built on the previous points against VfB Stuttgart (2-2) and Bayern Munich (1-1). After a goalless first 45 minutes, Taiwo Awoniyi scored his second goal in successive games from a Christopher Trimmel corner kick after 58 minutes. Youssoufa Moukoko equalised almost immediately to become the youngest Bundesliga goalscorer of all-time at the age of 16. But Friedrich's header beat Roman Bürki late in the game and secured a successful end to Bundesliga football in 2020 for Union.


Second-tier SC Paderborn are 11th following their relegation from the Bundesliga this summer. Head coach Steffen Baumgart scored 22 goals in 68 games for Union Berlin in his playing days and has been through the emotions at Paderborn. With 18 points from 13 games, Baumgart's side have made a steady if unspectacular start to the 2.Bundesliga campaign. A goal from Sven Michel, early in the second half, secured three important points to defeat a plucky VfL Osnabrück at the weekend. 


Fischer's injury list remains extensive, but Marcus Ingvartsen could recover in time for the January 2 clash at Werder Bremen. Christian Gentner, Max Kruse, Joel Pohjanpalo, Nico Schlotterbeck and Anthony Ujah are unavailable for selection. Robert Andrich will be back in the squad after the end of his three-game suspension.


Tuesday's game is behind closed doors at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. The OneFootball app will broadcast some of the German Cup matches on their app in selected international countries.

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