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Yesterday, Borussia Dortmund narrowly avoided an embarrassing defeat to SC Paderborn in the DFB Pokal, almost blowing an early 2-0 lead, and needing extra time to get by the second-tier side. However, if you think that’s embarrassing, boy do I have a story for you:
"Berlin, we're going to Berlin!"— DW Sports (@dw_sports) February 2, 2021
Fourth division side Rot-Weiss Essen have knocked out Bayer Leverkusen and will play in the German Cup quarter finals!
Those were the scenes in the city of Essen after the game.
Bayer Leverkusen have become the second Bundesliga giant to fall to a club from the lower tiers of German football. Unlike Bayern Munich, who fell to second-tier Holstein Kiel, Leverkusen fell to a fourth-tier side Rot-Weiss Essen. They did it in shocking fashion too. After reaching extra time with neither side scoring, Bayer Leverkusen actually took the lead in the 105th minute off a goal from Leon Bailey. But not only did Essen roar back with a goal three minutes later, but they even snatched a second goal to take the lead in the 117th minute off a top-corner snipe by Simon Engelmann, who is apparently the most prolific fourth-tier goalscorer of all time.
Generally speaking, I don’t like the “Neverkusen” moniker, as it reduced a club with a pretty decent history to a single year that didn’t go their way, but they definitely don’t help their own image with performances like this. With Bayern out of the competition, the DFB Cup is wide open, and Leverkusen have lost a significant chance to win a trophy.
Julian Rijkhoff Officially Signs with Borussia Dortmund
According to Football-Oranje, BVB have officially signed the 16-year-old striker Julian Rijkhoff from Ajax’s youth academy. Rijkhoff has signed a three-year deal and will join the Dortmund U-17s.
Julian Rijkhoff (16) is officially announced at @BVB.— Football Wonderkids (@fbwonderkids) February 3, 2021
The forward has left Ajax after scoring a boatload of goals at the U15 and U17 levels.@ScoutingJan for @FTalentScout even called him the ‘Dutch Lewandowski’. pic.twitter.com/QpopUw7MDM
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