Junior | 07/06/2019

Place in the final on the line

U17: FC take on Bayern with slight advantage

After a 1:0 win away in Munich on Wednesday, 1. FC Köln’s under-17s have put themselves in a good position ahead of the second leg of their German Championship semi-final against Bayern Munich. Jan Thielmann’s strike was enough to secure the win.

FC in the driving seat

It was a game that FC had the better of the chances in, and could count themselves unfortunate not to have scored more. Despite the Bayern pressure in the second-half, Martin Heck’s men defended manfully and came out with a deserved win on the balance of play. Miroslav Klose and Bayern will be without the suspended Yusuf Kabadayi after he was sent off towards the end of the first half.

Klose says he has faith in his players to go out and do the business on Saturday and that “nothing has been decided yet” as the two teams meet again at Franz-Kremer-Stadion at 11:00 CEST. However, FC’s dogged and determined performance in Munich meant Klose’s men fell to defeat at home for just the second time this season.

Heck looking forward to the game

Under-17 head coach, Martin Heck praised his players after the game: “We played really well in the first half today. We’re really looking forward to the game on Saturday.” Heck, who has started in the Hennes-Weisweiler-Academy for his coaching qualifications, added: “In the second leg, we’ve got to play as good, if not better, than we did today.”

Florian Wirtz, who was moved up from the under-16s to the under-17s this season, added: “We have shown that we can beat the champion of the South/South-West section away from home.” While it was a first for the squad, Wirtz and the team held their nerve: “It was cool to play at Bayern, but as the game kicked-off we weren’t nervous – we just wanted to play good football and win.”

It was Marvin Obuz’s cross that Jan Thielmann fired home, and the winger wants to see things through for the full 80 minutes this time. “We put in a really good first half performance against Bayern and had a few chances. In the second period, we were a little passive. In the second leg, we want to do it for the entire game.”

The game kicks off at 11:00 CEST on Saturday morning at Franz-Kremer-Stadion and there is no entry fee. The second leg will be streamed live on FC’s YouTube channel.

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