2-0 against Krieschow: Energie Cottbus is the winner of the Brandenburg State Cup for the tenth time

2-0 against Krieschow

Energie Cottbus is the Brandenburg State Cup winner for the tenth time

Sat 21/05/22 | 19:18 | Of John Mohren

imago pictures / Matthias Koch

Video: rbb UM6 | 21/05/2022 | Torsten Michels | Picture: imago pictures / Matthias Koch

Energie Cottbus had a hard time against Krieschow in the state cup final for a long time. The Oberliga defended and also put the favorites under pressure offensively. Then Tobias Hasse untied the hook – and Cottbus pulls straight with Babelsberg.

Cheers at Energie Cottbus: The team of coach Claus-Dieter Wollitz beat VfB Krieschow 2-0 (0-0) in the Lausitz duel in Luckenwalde on Saturday afternoon and are winners of the Brandenburg State Cup. This is the tenth cup victory for the Cottbus team, which is on a par with the previous record winners SV Babelsberg 03.

Girls with an early chance

“If we perform well, then we have every chance of winning,” Cottbus coach Claus-Dieter Wollitz said before the match. And his team was clearly willing to do just that. Already in the sixth minute, Krieschow saved a Cottbus free kick from a half-right position on the edge of the penalty area, where Janik Mäder took the ball directly – and shot right past the post.

Not surprisingly, Cottbus had more of the game against the Oberliga team, and in the 17th minute they got the next opportunity: Axel Borgmann shot from distance and VfB goalkeeper Fritz Pflug was able to save safely. And the underdog would not be defeated. On the contrary: shortly after, he almost cheered. Jonas Zickert – like most of the Krieschow players with a Cottbus past – shot from more than 30 yards and the jump put Toni Stahl in serious trouble in the FCE goal.

Pronichev – and saw nothing for a long time

Energy became increasingly difficult. Once again, it was really close in the first half. Crossing pass from the right flank by Erik Engelhardt but Maximilian Pronichev places it beautifully past the keeper, 20 ‘. After this, the spectators in the Werner-Seelenbinder-Stadion, which was sold out with 2,832 spectators, until the break only saw situations that at best deserved the rating ‘half chance’.

After the break, there was great excitement – with great luck for Krieschow: Erich Jeschke brought Jonas Hofmann down in the penalty area in the 46th minute. The penalty whistle for the Cottbuser did not materialize, however. An extremely controversial decision, at least. The Oberligaen continued to defend bravely as the score was 0-0 and came sporadically in front of the opponent’s goal. Zickert tested steel again – now from 18 meters (67th).

Final decision only in overtime

Then Cottbus increased the pressure. After 69 minutes of play, Proonichev evened things up for Engelhardt with an impressive goal coming up the middle. Six minutes later, it was right-back Tobias Hasse who scored the praised 1-0 to the favorites.

However, the duel was not yet settled. After just over 80 minutes, Krieschow was very close to making it 1-1: VfB left wing Leo Felgenträger hit the post (82 ‘). Cottbus could only finally celebrate in the fourth minute of extra time: Krieschow goalkeeper Fritz Pflug crashed out of the goal to force the equalizer from a corner in the opponent’s penalty area. But Energie defended, Niklas Zografakis rushed alone to the orphaned VfB goal and put the final point for the 2-0 cup victory.

Wollitz: “The team has been rewarded for a good season”

In his shot to 1-0, there was “absolute greed to want to hit that thing,” Tobias Hasse said after the match in an rbb interview. The team knew throughout the match, “that we would score this goal. We had to be patient. I’m obviously glad I scored the goal. But in the end, it’s a team effort.” Joining the DFB Cup is “hugely important for the club, great for the fans and great for us as a team.” The dream party: “Again a caliber like Bayern Munich (Cottbus met the record champions in the first round three years ago, editor’s note).

“The team has been rewarded for a good season,” said coach Claus-Dieter Wollitz – and was already looking forward to next season in the Northeast Regional League. You now need to “be smart” and “put the team better up across the board and make it more experienced to maybe be first next year”. Lausitzer finished the current season last week in third place, eight points behind champions BFC Dynamo.

Krieschow captain Andy Hebler was devastated after the match: “The disappointment certainly outweighs the disappointment,” he said. Cottbus was better, “but we had our chances and kept it open for a long time. It was great, it’s a shame it didn’t work out in the end. Everyone dreams of it.” In the next few days, however, we will “at least be proud of what we have achieved”.

Broadcast: rbb24, 21 May 2022, at 18.15

Contributed by Johannes Mohren

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