Ham­burg crash out of Ger­man Cup

Daily Trust - - SPORT -

Top-flight Ham­burg were sen­sa­tion­ally knocked out of the Ger­man Cup in the first round on Sun­day, suf­fer­ing a 3-1 de­feat to third di­vi­sion side Osnabrueck.

Ham­burg’s mis­ery was com­pounded by the fact that Osnabrueck played most of the game with 10 men, af­ter de­fender Mar­cel Ap­piah was sent off on 19 min­utes.

Af­ter tak­ing the lead through a smash-and-grab goal from Halil Savran five min­utes be­fore half­time, the un­der­dogs struck again through Marc Hei­der on the counter-at­tack with an hour played.

Dis­as­trous de­fend­ing from Ham­burg then al­lowed Ah­met Arslan to add a third in the 71st minute.

Though Bobby Wood pulled a goal back from the penalty spot, it was too lit­tle too late for Ham­burg.

“We have to be very self­crit­i­cal,” Ham­burg sport­ing di­rec­tor Jens Todt told Sky.

“We had one man more than them for 70 min­utes and we still couldn’t win; we de­fended badly.”

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