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Union aim to reach last eight in DFB Pokal

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Mon, 03. February 2020
Union aim to reach last eight in DFB Pokal

1. FC Union Berlin will be looking to continue to their DFB Pokal adventure to the quarter-final stage with a win at SC Verl on Wednesday evening.

Urs Fischer's team will head to the 5,000-capacity SPORTCLUB Arena in Verl and will look to reach the last eight round for the first time since the final run in 2001.

Record: Opportunity to bounce back for Union, Verl look for next Cup upset

Union suffered a heavy defeat in Dortmund on Saturday with a double for Erling Haaland and one  each for Jadon Sancho, Axel Witsel and Marco Reus. The Köpenick club went down to the heaviest defeat so far in the Bundesliga, but did welcome back Grischa Prömel to action after a long injury lay-off. "Let's leaves Dortmund or Bremen to one side. The focus is on progressing to the quarter finals of the cup. It’s an opportunity to do so and get some self-confidence back. It’s a different tournament. The league continues; the cup is 1 game," said Fischer at the pre-match press conference on Monday.

Meanwhile, SC Verl remain in contention for promotion to the 3.Liga from the Regionalliga West. Guerino Capretti's team are seven points off league-leaders SV Rödinghausen but have three matches outstanding to play. The Union coaching team were in the stands to watch Verl's 1-0 win over SV Lippstadt on Friday night with a single goal from top scorer Zlatko Janjic. The fourth-tier side captured a serious scalp in the first round against FC Augsburg, winning 2-0. At the SPORTCLUB Arena, Verl also beat 2.Bundesliga cracks Holstein Kiel with a 8-7 win on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw in 90 minutes.

Personnel: Kroos doubtful

Felix Kroos is doubtful for Wednesday's match and will go through a late test, according to the Union coach. Certain absentees are Laurenz Dehl, Andy Gogia, Manuel Schmiedebach and Joshua Mees.

Service: Sold out in Verl

Union have sold out the allocation for Wednesday's match with about 1,500 expected to make the journey.

The draw for the quarter-final round of the German Cup will take place on Sunday.