DThree years after the last semi-final participation, Hamburger SV is again among the top four teams in the DFB Cup. The North Germans won against Karlsruher SC 3-2 (2-2, 2-2, 0-1) on penalties on Wednesday evening and turned a temporary 0-2 deficit.

In front of 25,000 spectators, Philip Heise (40th minute) scored the goals for KSC with a free kick and Philipp Hofmann (50th minute). HSV striker Robert Glatzel equalized with two goals (52nd, 90th + 1). After yellow-red for Christoph Kobald (72nd), the Karlsruhe team only played with ten professionals. Sonny Kittel missed a penalty kick for HSV (72nd). In the penalty shoot-out, Karlsruhe’s Daniel O’Shaughnessy hit the post with the decisive try.

In the only second division duel of the quarter-finals, Baden had more chances up until the half-time break, despite having less possession of the ball. Benjamin Goller (19th) and Choi Kyoung-Rok (21st) gave the best chances against the not compelling Hamburg.

HSV sports director Michael Mutzel complained during the break that “the key duels all went to KSC”. This was confirmed five minutes after the restart when the HSV defense was not in the picture when Karlsruhe scored the second goal.

Immediately after the goal, the game picked up even more intensity after a three substitutions by Hamburg. Despite being outnumbered, KSC kept going on the offensive and fought passionately.

KSC coach Christian Eichner described the game as “a chance of a lifetime” for his players. So did his team. The two second division teams faced each other in the DFB Cup for the sixth time – HSV prevailed for the second time.

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