The DFB Pokal gives SC Freiburg a great opportunity to bounce back from their disappointing draw against Hertha Berlin. For Dynamo Dresden, who are currently 12th in 2. Bundesliga, Wednesday’s Round 2 match was an opportunity to make the most of the cup spectacle, with a possibility of beating a team in Germany’s top league.
With both team motivated to prove a point, the clash at the Schwarzwald-Stadion was going to be full of action. As the whistle blew, both teams set out establish their style of play and look to take an advantage. Initially the game started fairly even, with both teams carrying an aggressive approach. Freiburg and Dresden looked for a breakthrough, with both having attacking opportunities. Despite the difference in the league they play in, both Freiburg and Dresden look equal in their performance. With Nils Petersen starting the game for Freiburg, there was hope that their super sub would provide the goals they have been lacking in the Bundesliga. With Florian Niederlechner and Marco Terrazzino in support, Freiburg had an attacking front three that could pressure the Dresden defense and looked to find space to be exploited. It was working. Freiburg found themselves working their way into space, searching to take the advantage. They came close on occasions, forcing Dresden keeper Marvin Schwäbe into a save.
Despite the Freiburg’s flowing attack, Dresden were generally able to deal with the situation. There may be a difference in leagues but the away side were showing plenty of fight. Having attacking opportunities of their own, it looked like Dresden may take the lead. Intercepting passes, the club based in Saxony pressed on with intensity. They weren’t going to go down easily. Freiburg had a task on their hands. Despite the first half ending goalless, both teams were threatening. Creating opportunities and pressuring each other, this Cup fixture was full of action. Having a total of 10 shots in the first half, with one being on target and seven being blocked, Dresden would be hoping they would be more accurate in the second half, and possibly take the lead against Freiburg.
The second half provided another half full of action. With both teams looking to take the advantage, Freiburg and Dresden went on the front foot. Upping the intensity, it was only a matter of time before either team scored. It didn’t take long for the away side to make their mark on the game. Three minutes into the second half, Dresden went on the attack down the left, cutting in and unleashed a shot that had to be saved by Rafal Gikiewicz. Falling to the feet of Freiburg’s captain, Julian Schuster, the German made a clearance. Unfortunately for Schuster it was a poor clearance, falling to the feet of Rico Benatelli. Seeing Gikiewicz off his line, Benatelli chipped the keeper, putting Dresden into the lead.
Freiburg needed to respond, and the home side’s response was immediate. Intercepting a poor pass from Dresden, Florian Niederlechner found himself in the perfect position to make the most of this mistake. On the edge of Dresden’s box, Niederlechner slotted a pass to Petersen who put the ball in the back of the net. It was exactly what Christian Streich was looking for. The magic of the Cup was truly in full swing. The second half was heating up and so were Freiburg’s and Dresden’s intensity. With it being 1-1, both sides were pressing on looking to take the lead. Chance were still coming but it wasn’t quite enough for either side. As time progressed, Freiburg started to play with confidence. Spurred on by Petersen’s goal, the home side had an opportunity to take the lead after a free kick was awarded. Standing over the ball, Schuster was in the perfect position to curl the ball over the wall into the back of the net. He did just that. Striking the ball, the captain sent the home team into the lead. Freiburg’s Bundesliga quality was starting to shine through. Despite the lead, the home side needed to be careful as Dresden were still fighting. Unfortunately for Dresden, their fight would be over when Janik Haberer increased the lead for Freiburg. With a two goal advantage and the away side’s intensity wearing, Streich’s men put the final nail in the coffin and sealed the win. A much-needed victory for the team hailing from the Black Forest, Wednesday’s solid performance will hopefully provide a boost going into their next game Saturday in Stuttgart.
Second Half – The second half saw both teams come with their intensity raised. Opportunities came in the first half but the second half saw them delivered. Dresden initially taking the lead, followed by Freiburg’s response, provided a game full of action.
Man of the Match
- SC Freiburg: 45.8%
- Dynamo Dresden: 54.2%
- SC Freiburg: 18
- Dynamo Dresden: 17
- SC Freiburg: 79%
- Dynamo Dresden: 84.5%
Talking Points Freiburg
- Attack – Lining up with an attacking three of Niederlechner, Peterson and Terrazzino, Freiburg had a solid attacking performance in their DFB Pokal clash against Dynamo Dresden. Creating opportunities in both halves, Freiburg ultimately came out on top. 18 shots with 10 on target, Freiburg made sure they were going to progress further in the cup.
- Response – Dresden scored in the 48th minute after a poor clearance from Schuster. A response was needed and Freiburg did just that. Rather than sit back disappointed, Freiburg continued their intensity and were rewarded almost immediately. Two minutes after Dresden’s goal, Petersen scored to make it level. Freiburg continued their response with Schuster scoring a nice free kick and Haberer sealing the game for the home. It was the perfect response.
- Building on this performance – Freiburg’s performance is perfect building block going forward. Freiburg are facing newly promoted VfB Stuttgart at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Only two points ahead of Freiburg in the table, Christian Streich has an opportunity to close the gap and progress up the table. Freiburg will be hoping they can return to the Black Forest with a win.
Talking Points Dresden
- Fighters – Dresden showed that they are fighters in their performance against Freiburg. Despite the loss, Dresden showed signs that they can compete with Freiburg and take the lead. Scoring the first goal of the game, Dresden certainly looked like they may come away victorious. Unfortunately for Dresden, Freiburg showed a little bit extra in responding like they did.
- Performance – They lost but they can be happy with their performance. Dresden provided a game full of action and intensity. Finishing the game with 54.2% possession, 1 goal, 17 shots, 83.3% tackles won, and 84.5%, Dresden could have come away as victors or at least have taken the game down to the wire. It was a solid performance that they can use something to build upon in their efforts of climbing the table in the 2. Bundesliga.
- Finishing – Dresden had 17 shots but only 3 were on target. With a shot accuracy percentage of 17.6%, it tells the story of the game for the away side. Despite plenty of opportunities, Dresden lacked finishing ability. Despite the solid performance against Freiburg, Dresden will return home wondering what could have been. If they were more clinical in front of goal and made the most of their opportunities, they could have returned home as victors.
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