It was a must win game, and BVB got the win.
A statement 3-0 victory over Hertha Berlin today as BVB advanced to the Pokal final to take on Bayern Munich. The goal scores were Castro (20'), Reus (75'), and Mkhitaryan (83'), with Kagawa assisting the first two goals and Reus assisting the last. Castro picked a card for late tackle, but the card should not factor much into the final.
Lets recap the match by half, with Adam Snavely's first half summary below:
1st half recap: Hertha came to defend as Dortmund pressured their half early and often, dominating play and preventing Hertha from ever really troubling Roman Burki's goal. Hertha was still pesky in defense, however, as they bunkered and clogged the passing lanes in the final third.
Mkhitaryan found joy on the right wing, whipping several low crosses into the box. Kagawa was also dangerous as it was a cut back from the Japan international that led to the first goal. Kagawa's cross was cleared out to the top of the box where Gonzalo Castro, who had earlier been bloodied by a Solomon Kalou challenge, was waiting to rifle the ball home.
Dortmund saw several more golden chances go begging, with Marco Reus, Mats Hummels, and Marcel Schmelzer all squandering open looks at goal.
2nd half recap: The second half started out slowly with BVB keeping lots of possession.
Among the BVB pass around game, there were some very dangerous chances from Hertha's John Brooks and Salomon Kalou who missed a few would be goals. BVB also had numerous opportunities to extend the lead as Ramos and Mkhitaryan both had great shots saved by Rune Jarstein.
As the lead was looking harder and harder to keep for BVB, Reus scored the second goal on another amazing Kagawa cross. To secure the result, Mkhitaryan scored the last goal from a close Rues cross.
All in all, great game for The Black and Yellows. ON TO THE FINAL