FC were in control of the first game from the start but were finding it tough to create high-quality chances. Steffen Baumgart’s side almost went ahead through Jan Thielmann but his early effort was saved easily by Felix Buer in the Fortuna goal. Further chances came as time passed, with Maxi Schmid and Kingsley Schindler both thwarted by Buer.
The best opening of the match fell to Simon Breuer, who came on just moments earlier. The ball was cut back to him eight yards out, with his strike looking goal-bound before striking the inside of the post. Kingsley Schindler couldn’t react quickly enough and headed over. Tim Lemperle thought he had won the game for FC but a handball on the line was missed by the referee and ended all-square.
Fortuna Köln (4-4-2): Buer – Itter (Nadjombe 23‘), Lanius, Fünger, Poggenberg – Özden, Brandenburger (Försterling 23‘), Kegel, Ubabubike – Harnafi, Imbongo (Itter 35‘).
1. FC Köln (4-1-3-2): Schwäbe – Ehizibue, Kilian, Hübers, Suchanek – Özcan – Schindler, Schmid (Breuer 32‘), Lemperle – Thielmann, Dietz (Diehl 32‘).
Referee: Ivan Mrkajl.
Anthony Modeste and Sebastian Andersson started the second game, with Mark Uth playing behind the front two. Viktoria, who won the opening game against Fortuna, were keen to start with purpose and had a few openings but none which truly bothered Marvin Schwäbe. FC were also finding it tough to break down the 3. Liga side, with Sebastian Andersson going closest in the early knockings.
Marvin Schwäbe did brilliantly to deny Nikolaj Möller moments after Andersson shot past the near post. Niklas Hauptmann made his return from injury in the game, in the real high point of the evening. Just as the game looked set to end scoreless, Jorge Meré managed to pounce on a loose ball in the box to give FC the win and the PSD Bank Cup 2021.
Viktoria Köln (4-2-3-1): Bördner – Heister, Rossmann, Greger, May (Vieting 34‘) – Lorch, Klefisch – Risse, Palacios, Buballa – Möller.
1. FC Köln (4-1-3-2): Schwäbe – Sponsel, Kilian (Meré 18‘), Hübers, Ehizibue – Özcan – Schindler (Schmid 29‘), Uth, Lemperle (Hauptmann 18‘) – Andersson, Modeste.
Goals: 0:1, Meré 41’.
Referee: Laura Duske.
Booked: Heister (14’).
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