Borussia Dortmund are one step closer to a trophy! A 1-0 victory over Borussia Monchengladbach sends BVB through to the semi final of DFB Pokal, and two victories away from winning their first major trophy for the since 2017.
The quality of the football wasn’t brilliant, but there was plenty of tension bubbling throughout the game, with both teams keen to progress to the semi final, and some ill-feeling as a result of Gladbach’s manager, Marco Rose, intending to leave the club for Dortmund at the end of the season. While the game didn’t really boil over at any stage, there were a lot of niggling fouls and small flash points, culminating in Mahmoud Dahoud receiving a red card for a second yellow.
Luckily, Dahoud’s dismissal didn’t come back to bite BVB, as they held on to a 1-0 lead. This is their fourth consecutive victory, they’re through to the last four of the DFB Pokal, in with a real shot of progressing in the Champions League, and they’ve given themselves a shot at the top four in the Bundesliga. Things are starting to look a little less dire, just as they prepare to face Bayern Munich!
Here are today’s candidates for Man of the Match:
Morey put in another good performance today, on his 21st birthday, doing a pretty good job of limiting the threat posed by Marcus Thuram and Ramy Bensebaini. He wasn’t able to offer a great deal of support further forward, but his efforts in defense were vital.
He has really picked things up in recent weeks, and is starting to look like someone that can grow into this role and make the right back spot his own.
Jadon scored the only goal of the game (though Haaland’s effort probably should have stood) and fired BVB through to the semi final. He made a number of nice plays throughout the game, and was one of BVB’s more dangerous players going forward. It was a really nice finish, and was much needed.
This game didn’t really offer many standout performances, so nominating four players for man of the match is a little difficult. I think Marco Reus probably earned a spot in the nominations, as he was busy throughout the game and while it wasn’t his best he did provide the assist for Jadon Sancho’s goal.
However, I’ve decided to give the nod to Nico Schulz, because he was asked to come off the bench very early on, and did pretty well. He was solid defensively, and he even kicked off the counter attack that led to Sancho’s goal. Fingers crossed this gives him a boost and we see another good game if he is in the starting eleven against Bayern Munich.
Hitz put in an assured performance, making a couple key saves, including an impressive stop against a long-range effort from Bensebaini in the second half. Towards the end of the game he faced a lot of crosses into the box, as Borussia Monchengladbach resorted to a more direct approach, and he did pretty well with those too.
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