Much risked, long trembled – Borussia Dortmund only reached the round of sixteen in the DFB Cup with great difficulty. The district club, weakened by extensive rotation, beat the second league team Union Berlin 3:2 (2:2, 1:0) in the duel of the undefeated only after extra time.
Thanks to the goals of Christian Pulisic (40th minute), Maximilian Philipp (73rd) and Marco Reus (120th/Foule penalty), the Bundesliga champions remained undefeated in front of 72,732 spectators in Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday, even without much glamour in the 14th compulsory match under the direction of Lucien Favre.
The BVB coach after the match: “It was very difficult to play against this team and destabilize them. In the end, we’re through, that’s all that matters.”
On the other hand, the visitors had to accept the first defeat of the season despite the two-time equalizer by Sebastian Polter (63./88.). In the hectic final phase, defender Marvin Friedrich saw the yellow-red card.
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In view of the continuing chase, Favre decided on an extensive rotation and ordered in comparison to 2:2 four days ago against Hertha BSC seven new professionals into the team. Even the indispensable Marco Reus and Axel Witsel were sitting on the bench, Mario Götze was not in the squad because of a cold.
This XXL conversion did not pass the team without a trace. At the beginning there was little to see of the fast attacking football of the past weeks. Similar to the 2nd cup round two years ago at the same location, which had only been decided in favour of BVB in the penalty shootout, the “Eisernen” proved to be an uncomfortable opponent.
In the 24th and 25th minute alone, the guests had three good chances through Robert Zulj, Christopher Lenz and Florian Hübner to take the lead. On the other hand, the higher-ranking team from Dortmund had for a long time only once seen a real goalscoring chance when Maximilian Philipp Union-Keeper tested Rafal Gikiewicz (10th).
Despite a poor performance until then, the BVB scored 1-0: Pulisic was on the spot after a remarkable cross from Mahmoud Dahoud and a header from Shinji Kagawa and pushed the ball over the line from a short distance. This was a happy lead, especially as Kenny Prince Redondo from Berlin hit the crossbar just two minutes later.
At the beginning of the second half, the BVB increased their pace, but missed out on a 2-0 shot from Raphael Guerreiro (52), who was substituted for the injured Abdou Diallo. This was to pay off eleven minutes later: The recently substituted Polter brought his team back into the game with the equalizer. But the joy of the Berliners lasted only a short time. With a tight shot after Pulisic’s pass, Philipp took the lead again for the favourite, but not yet for the victory. Polter saved his team with a header two minutes before the supposed end into extra time.Cyber Club Casino is an online casino site with a classy new design including high-definition graphics and an easy to navigate theme.
With the substitution of the top performers Reus (79.), Witsel (86.) and Jadon Sancho (90.) Favre tried to avert the imminent disaster. With success: After Friedrich’s foul on Pulisic, the referee Guido Winkmann decided on the penalty kick, which Reus turned safely.