The semifinal draw of the DFB-Pokal has taken place, and Borussia Dortmund have drawn 2. Bundesliga side Holsten Kiel. On the surface, this looks to be a favorable draw considering RB Leipzig are still in the mix. Werder Bremen, who have knocked out BVB the past two years, are still in the mix, but have yet to play their quarterfinal fixture due to positive Covid tests for 2. Bundesliga opponents Jahn Regensburg. That fixture has been moved to April 7th, with the winner hosting RB Leipzig in the other semi-final tie.
Holsten Kiel will be no pushovers for Dortmund, as they sit second in the 2.Bundesliga on 45 points, 3 points behind league leaders VFL Bochum, with their match for this week to take place tomorrow against Hamburg. Kiel have defeated FC Reilasingen-Arlen, Bayern Munich, SV Darmstadt, and Rot-Weiss Essen on the way to the semi-finals. While it took penalties to defeat Bayern and Darmstadt, they easily dispatched the other two matches by large score lines. Holsten Kiel are currently playing like a Bundesliga side, and BVB will be wise to respect them in this match.
Borussia Dortmund will be hoping to lift their first piece of major silverware since winning this competition in 2017. Dortmund easily dispatched Duisburg 5-0 in the first round, promptly following that up with a 2-0 win over Eintracht Braunschweig in the second round fixtures. BVB needed extra time to defeat Paderborn after the visitors came back from a 2 goal deficit to force the extra session only for Erling Haaland to spare Dortmund’s blushes 5 minutes into the added time. Die Schwarzgelben booked their spot in the semi-final this past Tuesday after a hotly contested match now known as the Rosederby with Borussia Monchengladbach.
Both semifinal fixtures are due to be played May 1st, with times still yet to be decided. With nearly eight weeks until the fixture, this gives Dortmund an opportunity to get several key players back from injury fit and firing again. While the battle to make top four and progress in the Champions League is very important, lifting the German Cup in Berlin would be a great way to end a difficult season for the club. Edin Terzic will need to ensure that the squad puts their best foot forward to try and win this trophy.
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