Borussia Dortmund has reached the eighth finals of the DFB Cup. Lucien Favre’s strongly rotated team beat Union Berlin 3:2 in extra time.
Favre converted his team to a total of seven positions compared to 2-2 against Hertha BSC. Hitz made his compulsory debut between the posts, Toprak slipped into the defensive centre and Weigl replaced Witsel in the defensive midfield. In front Wolf, Kagawa, Pulisic and Philipp were allowed to prove themselves instead of Sancho, Guerreiro, Reus and the idol who fell ill at short notice.
The many changes made themselves felt at BVB. The game of the home side lived mainly in passage one of many misunderstandings, but the guests acted disciplined and courageous. After a long-range shot from Lenz, Hitz prevented the gap with a brilliant parade (24th), Redondo also hit the crossbar (42nd).
The defensive of the Dortmund team, additionally unsettled by the early replacement of Diallo (11.) due to injury, had problems especially with the high pressing of the Berlin team. And once the players in black and yellow got rid of it, it took them too long to get dangerously into the last third.
Union sometimes defended with a chain of six, and the foreign players Redondo and Hartel worked very meticulously backwards. Guest keeper Ginkiewicz hardly had to intervene except for a header from Philipp after a corner (10th). It was only shortly before the break that the BVB cracked the iron defensive bar: Dahoud fueled his way through the left side and hit a precise cross that Pulisic used to take the lead after a defended Kagawa header (40th).
After the change of sides, the hosts presented themselves much more powerful in the game to the front. Even the surprising compensation of Polter (63rd) did not change this. Philipp rewarded the Dortmund storm and stress phase with a remarkable goal (73rd). When the first spectators already wanted to go home, Union struck again from nowhere with a rumble (88.).
In overtime an open exchange of blows developed. Hitz thwarted Berlin’s one-on-one lead with Hedlund (96), while Toprak headed the ball on the other side after a free-kick to the post (110). When the penalty shootout was in the air, the BVB was awarded a penalty following a foul by Friedrich to Pulisic. The substitute Reus remained cool and saved Dortmund (120.+1.).
Goals: 1:0 Pulisic (40.), 1:1 Polter (63.), 2:1 Philipp (73.), 2:2 Polter (88.), 3:2 Reus (120. + 1.)
Not only because of his goal, his presentation for Philipp and his penalty taken out shortly before the end of the most eye-catching Dortmund. Led the most duels (33) and had the most successful dribblings (9) of all field players.
Caused the late penalty against Union with an unnecessary foul on Pulisic and saw the traffic light map. Weak on the part of the landlords: Weigl and Wolf.
Did not make any mistakes in a largely fair game. Exposed Hakimis Schwalbe (61.) shortly before the Berlin penalty area. At the end of extra time, after Friedrich’s jersey twitching on Pulisic, he justifiably pointed to the penalty spot.