Leipzig are through to the next round of the DFB-Pokal after a hard-fought game against fourth-tier Viktoria Köln. The draw for the next round takes place next Sunday.
AN evenly-matched game | goal conceded before half-time
Die Roten Bullen put Viktoria Köln under pressure from the off, yet the hosts defended well, and the game became intense and very evenly-matched. Köln’s Felix Backszat missed a scissor-kick, while Daniel Reiche nearly scored an own goal from Emil Forsberg’s cross at the other end.
Shortly before the break, however, Viktoria’s Patrick Koronkiewicz broke down the right wing and crossed to Timm Golley, who put the hosts 1-0 up in the 39th minute.
Poulsen and forsberg turn the game on its head
After the break, Leipzig played with a distinctly higher tempo and more fight. This helped to create two chances only a minute in, when both Jean-Kévin Augustin and captain Diego Demme had their efforts saved by keeper Sebastian Patzler.
Yussuf Poulsen finally equalised in the 60th minute after Lukas Klostermann hit the post a few moments beforehand. Emil Forsberg, who had a solid second half, put Leipzig into the lead shortly after in the 69th minute, smashing Kevin Kampl’s rebounded pass high into the net from the centre of the box.
The game remained tense right until the last, as Marcelo Saracchi saw a straight red card for a professional foul just outside the area in the 77th minute. Despite being a man down, Leipzig held on and sealed victory in the 93rd minute when Augustin scored on the counter attack.