Both Holstein Kiel and FC Augsburg have ¬had their DFB-Pokal dreams shattered in the last 16 in the past. One of the two teams will definitely reach the quarter-finals this season though, as the two sides meet each other for the first time in competitive football. Despite a difference in leagues, a close and even game is expected.
Jonas Meffert, who signed for Kiel at the start of the season, is excited to see old teammates. “This is a dream tie for me,” said Meffert. “It will be a great cup night, where we will have to fight hard.”
The second-division from northern Germany have made the last 16 of the DFB-Pokal on four occasions, albeit mainly many decades ago. They failed to progress three out of four times. The only time they did was in the 2011/12 season when they beat 1. FSV Mainz 05 2-0, before being beaten 0-4 at home by reigning Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund, who went on to win the title that season.
Augsburg have only won one of their eight last 16 ties in the DFB-Pokal up until now. Their only win came in the 2009/10 season, where they reached the semi-finals as a second-division side. The team, coached by Jos Luhukay, beat MSV Duisburg (5-0) and 1. FC Köln (2-0) at home, before being knocked out 2-0 by Werder Bremen. Their last defeat in the last 16 came in the 2015/16 campaign, as they lost 2-0 to Dortmund.
Augsburg beat Mainz 3-2 after extra time in the last 32 this season. At that stage they were ninth in the Bundesliga, but this was a turning point for them. Since then, they haven’t won in ten league games and are now fighting against relegation. Kiel went into the winter break on the back of a 3-1 win against 2. Bundesliga leaders Hamburger SV and subsequently have an outside chance of promotion. Kiel also proved this season that they can defeat Bundesliga opposition: ‘The Storks’ beat SC Freiburg 2-1 in the second round.