- DFB Cup - Brandt carries BVB to victory
Borussia Dortmund are through to the next round thanks to Julian Brandt’s late brace to turn the game around against the Bundesliga leaders. This marks the second win in two weeks against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
BVB played better than in previous games but was still sloppy with the ball, had problems to create goal scoring opportunities and made several individual mistakes on defense. Nevertheless, winning is all that matters in the Cup and this hopefully gives the players enough confidence to get back to their best.
There were not many upsets yesterday but there were still some surprising results.
RB Leipzig demolished VfL Wolfsburg 6:1 to advance to the next round. Werder Bremen had a similarly dominant performance in their 4:1 win against FC Heidenheim. The three remaining Bundesliga teams advanced as well against lower tier sides, although it was close. Fortuna Düsseldorf and Eintracht Frankfurt both won 2:1 against Erzgebirge Aue and FC St. Pauli respectively. Hertha BSC Berlin needed a 123rd minute equalizer against Dynamo Dresden to get themselves to a penalty shootout that they eventually won. Plus both 1.FC Kaiserslautern and SC Verl also advanced to the next round.
The draw for the next round will be on Sunday.
Julian Brandt seemed to have a pretty good take on the game, Dortmund was ok, getting the win was important but Dortmund aren’t at their best just yet:
”I think we did well in the end. We had phases where we were a bit sloppy. In such a phase, we conceded the goal. A lot has already happened in this stadium, and everyone is aware of the fact that you can also make a comeback here. We just have to get our self-confidence back with these wins, especially after a few turbulent weeks behind us. Such victories as today, where you just have to pull yourself together, are good. We have to continue working on that to get back to our best.”
Lucien Favre was also pleased with the win but acknowledges that there are still things to improve:
“The players did that very, very well. We turned the game around, that was important. Because we absolutely wanted to qualify for the round of 16. We did that. It was clear that it would be a tough game: we play against the leaders, against a very good team. Our performance was okay, but we also have a few details to improve.”
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