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FC Carl Zeiss Jena vs 1. FC Union Berlin

German DFB Pokal, Round 1

Jena vs 1. FC Union

German DFB Pokal, Round 1

Sun., 19. August 2018, 18:30 Uhr
2 : 4
SR: Dr. Felix Brych

Four-goal Union progress in DFB Pokal

Match report

An inspiring performance from 1. FC Union Berlin's Swedish double act helped the Berliners secure their place in the second round of the DFB Pokal with a 4-2 win over FC Carl Zeiss Jena.

Simon Hedlund scored twice, while Sebastian Andersson opened the scoring after 14 minutes and Felix Kroos netted the second soon after. An own goal from captain Christopher Trimmel and a strike Maximilian Wolfram kept Mark Zimmermann's team in contention for the best part of an hour.

FC Carl Zeiss Jena: Coppens; Cros (Sucsuz 46), Slamar, Brügmann, Grösch; Bock (Brügmann 70), Wolfram, Eckhardt (Tchenkoua 79), Erlbeck; Starke, Tietz

1. FC  Union Berlin: Gikiewicz; Trimmel, Friedrich, Parensen, Lenz; Schmiedebach (Hübner 92), Prömel, Kroos (Hartel 36); Hedlund, Andersson, Gogia (Redondo 72)

Attendance: 10,600

Urs Fischer made three changes to his starting line-up from the draw in Cologne on Monday, with Akaki Gogia, Felix Kroos and Christopher Lenz coming in to replace Kenny Prince Redondo, Marcel Hartel and Ken Reichel. The Berlin club surrendered the early possession to the third-division side without being seriously tested aside from a few well-hit crosses from the flanks. Gogia should have put the visitors ahead on 11 minutes, but Andersson did three minutes later, heading home Trimmel's cross. Referee Felix Brych intervened on 17 minutes to chop off a potential goal for Fischer's team as Grischa Prömel bundled the ball home inside the six-yard-box.

However, Mark Zimmermann's men went on to level the scores on 21 minutes when Maximilian Wolfram headed home Dominik Bock's cross at the back post. Union regained control of the game following a water break and restored their lead thanks to Felix Kroos' header. The midfielder took a hefty knock in the process and was subsequently replaced by Hartel. Despite rarely troubling Rafal Gikiewicz, Jena equalised on 42 minutes with skipper Trimmel turning a cross from the right flank into his own net. Fischer's team maximised the extra five minutes of play, which came as a result of the mid-half water break, scoring the third on the whistle. The quick-footed Gogia was brought down by Guillaume Cros and the resulting spot kick was converted by Hedlund.

The 25-year-old, who started on the left of a 4-3-3 in Jena, carved out a scoring chance for himself by rounding the goalkeeper, but he failed to beat Brügmann on the line. Compatriot Andersson headed over from a few yards out on the hour mark as the visitors piled on the pressure. With 20 minutes to go - and following a second water break - Hedlund stabbed home the decisive fourth goal after outstanding midfield play from Prömel. Kenny Prince Redondo and Florian Hübner were given game time from the bench in the final stages with Union comfortably securing their passage to the second round of the German Cup.

The DFB Pokal second round draw will take place next Sunday (August 26).  

Union in cup action at Jena

Match preview

After four points from a possible six in the 2.Bundesliga, 1. FC Union Berlin and head coach Urs Fischer turn their attention to the DFB Pokal, Germany’s national cup competition. The Köpenick club will take on FC Carl Zeiss Jena on Sunday August 19 at 18:30.

Jena rematch — 50 years since cup win

This summer, Union are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the FDGB Pokal triumph. The team defeated in the final was Carl Zeiss Jena, then one of the most outstanding teams of the GDR. Jena were beaten 2-1 and to open the 2018/19 season, the Thuringen side arrived in Berlin to contest a pre-season friendly at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei. Union will return the faithful on Sunday by heading to the Ernst-Abbe-Sportfeld and bringing a team of cup winners to the DFB Pokal first round tie.

Jena have won seven points from four matches in the German third division and have made positive steps under coach Mark Zimmermann. The 1-1 draw at the Stadion An der Alten Försterei showed the club’s ambitions to put in a successful campaign in the lower leagues. "We already saw it in the friendly at the beginning of July; Jena is a team that wants to play football,” said the Swiss coach. “If you let them, they open the game from behind. They are always lively and appear dangerously repeatedly in the opponent's penalty area. On the wings they have fast players like Fabien Tchenkoua, and up front with Manfred Starke who a very agile, difficult-to-control attacker.”

A high from Köln — Schönheim & Polter

Taking a point from league favourites 1. FC Köln has gone down well in Köpenick this week. Sebastian Andersson’s first league strike of the campaign snatched a point from the Billy Goats, making it four from a possible six for Fischer’s team. With difficult matches coming up in the 2.Bundesliga, Fischer knows how important is to continue the form into the cup.

Nevertheless, Sebastian Polter and Fabian Schönheim are two players singled out for praise by Fischer who said the two leading players could be available in the coming weeks. Florian Hübner was previously injured but managed to get some time in the 1-3 friendly defeat to VSG Altglienicke. Fischer confirmed Marc Torrejon was also progressing well. "They are on a good way," the Swiss coach added.

Both Ken Reichel and Manuel Schmiedebach came out of the Köln match with knocks but have since recovered and will be available for Sunday.

Fan and ticket information

The capacity of the Ernst-Abbe-Sportfeld in Jena is around 11,000 with 1,500 Union fans making the trip to support the team. All visitors to the stadium are requested to observe the stadium rules. This time there is bad news for those turning up without a ticket on the day, as the cup game is already sold out and therefore no box offices will be open.

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