Mersad Selimbegovic made three alterations to the Regensburg team after they earned a dramatic draw against Darmstadt. Christoph Moritz, Albion Vrenezi and Aaron Opoku dropped to the bench, as Sebastian Stolze, Max Besuschkow and Jann George earned a start.
Markus Gisdol opted for an unchanged starting side from the one once secured all three points against Arminia Bielefeld at the weekend.
The game started just as FC would have wanted. Ismail Jakobs went through on goal after a lovely dummy by Emmanuel Dennis and he slotted in off the post to five FC the lead. Regensburg responded well and were in search of an equaliser, with Timo Horn forced into tipping over a header from Andreas Albers. Despite that, the FC goalkeeper was rarely tested in the opening 20 minutes.
FC would take advantage of Regensburg’s inability to make their pressure pay, as Emmanuel Dennis grabbed his first goal for the club. He was played through by Jakobs, cut inside and then powered past Alexander Meyer at his near post. That advantage would last just 10 minutes, however, as Scott Kennedy lashed home from close range to give Regensburg a way back into the game.
Then came the controversy. Ondrej Duda’s cross was headed in by Benno Schmitz to give FC a 3:1 lead, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside. Despite the fact that a Regensburg player had actively played the ball to Duda. Regensburg went straight down the other end and scored through Jann George, who latched on David Otto’s header.
The second-half provided chances for both sides, but neither side were able to make the most of those. FC had the golden chance to win the game in regular time, as Regensburg gave away a penalty after a handball. Emmanuel Dennis stepped up, but Alexander Meyer was able to make a fine save to deny the FC forward.
Extra-time came and went with little in the way of opportunities, with Regensburg doing their utmost to keep FC away from goal. After five perfect penalties to begin the shoot-out, Timo Horn saved Andreas Albers spot-kick. Jorge Meré and Jannes Horn then failed to convert, as Albion Vrenezi and Max Besuschkow fired home to send Regensburg through. FC’s next game is the derby away from home on Saturday at 18:30 CET.
SSV Jahn Regensburg (4-4-2): Meyer – Saller (Heister 83‘), Nachreiner, Elvedi, Wekesser – Stolze (Becker 105‘), Besuschkow, Gimber, George (Vrenezi 70‘) – Otto (Caliskaner 70‘), Albers.
1. FC Köln (3-4-2-1): T. Horn – Meré, Czichos, J. Horn – Wolf (Schmitz 33‘), Skhiri, Rexhbecaj (Meyer 46‘), Katterbach (Drexler 106‘) – Duda (Özcan 46‘), Jakobs – Dennis (Arokodare 96‘).
Goals: 0:1, Jakobs 4’. 0:2, Dennis 24’. 1:2, Kennedy 35’. 2:2, George 43‘.
Penalties: 0:1, Czichos. 1:1, Wekesser. 1:2, Özcan. 2:2, Gimber. 2:3, Arokodare. 2:3, Albers saved. 2:3, Meré saved. 3:3, Vrenezi. 3:3, J. Horn missed. 4:3, Besuschkow.
Referee: Robert Hartmann (Wangen).
Booked: Schmitz (47’), Vrenezi (71’), Czichos (93’).
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