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Union face Paderborn in Köpenick

DFB Pokal Round 2:

Mon, 21. December 2020
Union face Paderborn in Köpenick

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.

Review

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.

Opposition

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. 

Personnel

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.

Service

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.