Marcel Sabitzer scored on his competitive debut for Borussia Dortmund as Die Schwarzgelben defeated Schott Mainz 6-1 away from home in the first round of the DFB Cup.
Schott Mainz 1-6 Borussia Dortmund
Goals: 0-1 Haller 22' (assist: Brandt), 0-2 Brandt 24' (assist: Malen), 1-2 Gans (34'), 1-3 Haller (35'), 1-4 Sabitzer (57'), 1-5 Malen 79' (assist: Sabitzer), 1-6 Moukoko 85' (assist: Malen)
More than 10,000 Dortmund supporters made the trip to Mainz, and they were treated to a strong performance from their side as they got the 2023/24 campaign underway. The deadlock was broken midway through the first half by Sebastian Haller's header and, just two minutes later, Julian Brandt, who assisted the opener, turned goalscorer as he tapped home at the far post. While it had been plain sailing up until that point, Edin Terzic's men were then hit with a double blow. First, Niklas Süle was forced off with an injury before Nils Gans buried a low drive to halve the deficit. The two-goal advantage was soon restored, however, when Haller bundled a loose ball into the corner from close range.
After the break, Dortmund added a further three goals to underline their superiority. Sabitzer marked his first appearance for his new employers with a tidy finish from inside the area, before Donyell Malen beat goalkeeper Tim Hansen with a fierce effort from the edge of the box. The scoring was completed by Youssoufa Moukoko, who made no mistake from close range, as Dortmund secured their safe progression to the next round of the competition. Terzic could not have asked for much more from his players, and last year's Bundesliga runners-up will now look ahead to the opening matchday of the league campaign, during which they host Cologne.
- Schott took the field in the DFB Cup for just the second time in their history, having lost 3-0 to Hannover last year in the first round of their maiden participation.
- Dortmund have not lost in the first round of the DFB Cup since 2005/06, when they succumbed to Eintracht Braunschweig (2-1).
- BVB’s last defeat to a side outside Germany’s top three tiers came in 2001, when they lost to Wolfsburg II in the first round, also 2-1.
- Mats Hummels made the 60th DFB Cup appearance of his career, overtaking Lothar Matthäus in the process. Only 18 players have featured more in the history of the competition.
- Dortmund have won this tournament five times previously - a sixth triumph would put them joint-second with Werder Bremen.
- Only two players have scored more than Marco Reus’ 13 DFB Cup goals for Dortmund.
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Schott: Hansen - Just (Obas 46'), Ahlbach, Gans, Schlosser (Portmann 80') - Müller, Schwarz, Cucchiara (Kern 46'), Embaye (Hermann 71'), Wimmer - Thum (Roden 63')
Unused subs: Schmidt, Schneider, Haas, Rosenbaum
Coach: Aydin Ay
Dortmund: Kobel - Ryerson, Süle (Schlotterbeck 29'), Hummels, Bensebaini (Wolf 76') - Sabitzer, Can - Malen, Reus, Brandt - Haller (Moukoko 76')
Unused subs: Meyer, Özcan, Hazard, Pohlmann, Papadopoulos, Bamba
Out: Bynoe-Gittens (shoulder), Duranville (muscle tear), Meunier (hamstring), Morey (musclar), Reyna (leg), Adeyemi (musclar), Nmecha (knock)
Coach: Edin Terzic
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