Jadon Sancho was once again the hero as Borussia Dortmund progressed to the DFB Cup semi-finals on Tuesday after overcoming Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-0 at Borussia-Park.
Gladbach 0-1 Dortmund
Goal: 0-1 Sancho (66')
Sent off: Dahoud (90'+3)
Gladbach had the better start and could have gone in front as early as the second minute when Jonas Hofmann was given time and space on the right to pick out a cross, which Marcus Thuram flicked wide from six yards. Lars Stindl and Marco Reus each volleyed over from promising positions in a lively opening period, but it was Erling Haaland who had Dortmund’s best opportunity of the first 45 minutes. The Norwegian spun Nico Elvedi on the halfway line to race onto Mats Hummels’ raking pass forward, but was uncharacteristically wayward in his finishing when one-on-one with goalkeeper Tobias Sippel. Thuram did have the ball in the net on the stroke of half-time after a flowing counter-attack, but it was ruled out for offside.
The visitors also had a goal chalked off early in the second half, with Haaland smashing home from Reus’ cross, but it was disallowed for a foul on Ramy Bensebaini in the build-up. Dortmund did eventually take the lead, however, doing so from a blistering counter-attack. Nico Schulz won the ball on the edge of his own penalty area and played it forward to Haaland, who immediately flicked it to the right to Reus. The BVB captain spied Sancho’s run on the opposite side of the pitch and played a superb first-time pass into the unmarked Englishman’s path, and he finished low off the post from the edge of the area. The home side reacted with a triple substitution, as Breel Embolo, Hannes Wolf and Denis Zakaria all entered the fray, but it was Dortmund who came closest to scoring again when Haaland was sent clean through with Sippel once more, but the Gladbach goalkeeper produced a superb save to keep out the striker’s stinging shot. Dortmund had Mahmoud Dahoud sent off for a second yellow card in injury time, but Edin Terzic’s side were able to hold on for a narrow win that sends them into the last four.
- Stindl is Gladbach’s leading marksman in all competitions in 2020/21 with 13 goals, including one in the DFB Cup.
- Sancho is the top scorer in the cup this season with four goals.
- Gladbach are three-time DFB Cup winners and two-time runners-up. They reached the quarter-finals for the first time since 2016/17.
- Haaland has scored four goals in four competitive games against Gladbach. He’s netted two in four DFB Cup appearances.
- Jude Bellingham is the DFB Cup’s youngest goalscorer, aged 17 years, two months and 16 days. Gio Reyna was a week older when he opened his Dortmund account in last season’s third round.
- Dortmund won their fourth DFB Cup in 2017/18, but were knocked out in the last 16 in the following three seasons. They beat Gladbach 2-1 in the 2019/20 second round, before bowing out to Werder Bremen in the last 16.
Gladbach: Sippel - Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini - Kramer (Zakaria 76'), Neuhaus - Hofmann (Lazaro 68'), Stindl (c) (Wolf 76'), Thuram (Embolo 76') - Plea
Unused subs: Sommer, Herrmann, Beyer, Traore, Wendt
Out: Doucoure (match fitness), Jantschke (muscular)
Coach: Marco Rose
Dortmund: Hitz - Morey, Can, Hummels, Guerreiro (Schulz 5') - Bellingham (Zagadou 90'), Delaney, Dahoud - Sancho (Hazard 68'), Haaland, Reus (c)
Unused subs: Bürki, Moukoko, Brandt, Reinier, Meunier, Reyna
Out: Akanji (muscle tear), Schmelzer (knee), Witsel (Achilles' tendon)
Coach: Edin Terzic
AS IT HAPPENED!
SANCHO DECIDES IT!Sancho's goal is enough for Dortmund, who book their place in the semi-finals! RB Leipzig, Wolfsburg, Werder Bremen, Regensburg, Rot-Weiss Essen and Hosltein Kiel are all possible opponents in the last four, with the fixtures set to be played at the start of May.
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DORTMUND DOWN TO 10 MEN!
The away side will finish the game with 10 players after Dahoud is sent off for a second bookable offence. He was a tad late in a tackle on Bensebaini, who received a yellow card for his reaction.
FIVE ADDED MINUTES
This one's not over yet as there's still plenty of stoppage time for a late twist!
Zakaria's curling effort from range flies agonisingly wide of the far post!
DECISIVE MOMENT?Sancho's finish is all that separates the teams at present. Will it be enough to see Dortmund into the next round?
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WASTEFUL FROM CAN
BVB win a free-kick in a promising area, left of centre and about 30 yards out. Can takes it but his attempted shot is high, wide and not very pretty.
SIPPEL KEEPS GLADBACH IN IT!
Haaland bears down on goal for the second time this game, going one-on-one with Sippel again. This time the 20-year-old's shot is on target, but his stinging drive is superbly kept out by Sippel!
The French forward has a go from the edge of the box but his low shot is tame and comfortably saved by Hitz.
TRIO OF CHANGES
Gladbach coach Marco Rose reacts to his side being behind by bringing on fresh legs in attack in the form of Embolo and Wolf, while Zakaria will provide more surging runs forward than the more defensive-minded Kramer.
OVER FROM HUMMELS!
Bellingham wins a free-kick wide on the right, and Reus whips it into the box. Hummels meets it in the middle, but heads over the bar.
SANCHO AGAINIt's the Englishman's fifth goal in his last six outings, and could be a crucial one as BVB seek to pick up some silverware this season.
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Sancho's goal was his last action of the game after indicating a tweak in his thigh. He's now on the bench with an ice pack strapped around his leg, with Hazard now on in his place. Hofmann has also limped off with a knock for Gladbach; Lazaro comes on for him.
THIS ONE COUNTS!
Gladbach have a corner but Dortmund break forward in textbook fashion. Schulz wins the ball on the edge of the box and plays it forward, with Reus eventually playing a superb first-time pass from the right into Sancho's path, over on the left. The 20-year-old takes a touch and slides it in off the post from the edge of the area.
STINGER FROM BENSEBAINI
Lainer does brilliantly to wriggle his way to the byline on the right. He pulls the ball back across goal, where it sits up nicely for Bensebaini on his left foot, right on the edge of the box. His first-time drive is flying towards the top corner, but Hitz gets a palm to hit and clears for a corner. A brilliant shot, and equally brilliant save.
CARELESS FROM CAN
The Dortmund defender is too casual as he tries to play the ball out from the back, passing it straight to the feet of Plea on the left-hand corner of the Dortmund box. He wastes no time in smashing an effort at goal, but it's blocked for a corner.
HAALAND GOAL DISALLOWED
Sancho threads a ball into Reus' path down the left and the Germany international cuts it back into the middle. It's behind Elvedi, but Haaland is on hand to smash the ball home from six yards. The goal is chalked off, however, for a foul on Bensebaini in the build-up.
The Dortmund captain is shown the yellow card for a late tackle on Bensebaini.
BVB have emerged for the second half with renewed vigour and are putting the hosts under pressure at the moment. Haaland is just unable to get on the end of Schulz's cross from the left, while Dahoud's volley on the follow up is blocked.
No changes from either side at the interval.
ALL SQUARE THE THE BREAKThuram had the ball in the net on the stroke of half-time, and also had what was otherwise the clearest chance of the game in the second minute (pictured), but swept wide of the target. All still to play for in the second half.
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A lovely move from Gladbach as the ball is slid into Thuram's path. He cuts inside Hummels, leaving the defender on the ground, before slotting it low past Hitz. It won't count though, as the flag is raised for offside against the Frenchman.
ONE ADDED MINUTE
Not long left now as the match enters the only minute of stoppage time.
A promising move from Dortmund as Sancho rides a couple of tackles on the left and flicks the ball to Dahoud, who immediately plays it forward to Haaland on the edge of the Gladbach box. He in turn plays the ball behind the home defence, expecting Sancho to be running on to it, but the Englishman wasn't on the same wavelength this time, and it goes out for a goal kick.
The flow of the game has been a bit stop-start in the last few minutes, the action peppered with little fouls here and there every few seconds.
HAALAND GOES THROUGH ON GOAL!
You'd normally bet your house on Haaland scoring this one as he spins Elvedi and races away to collect Hummels' raking ball forward. The Norwegian can't get the ball out of his feet quick enough though, giving Elvedi just enough time to get back and put him off - Haaland's shot ends up going wide.
GOOD REFLEXES FROM HITZ
Bensebaini splits the Dortmund defence with a lovely diagonal ball on the ground into Plea's run down the right. He gets to the byline and pulls the ball back into the middle, but it takes a deflection off a Dortmund toe and flies towards the near post. Hitz watches it all the way though, and calmly snuffs out the danger.
The Gladbach captain also gets his name taken for a high boot in a tackle with Hummels.
Dahoud loses control of the ball as Dortmund try to play their way forward after a Gladbach attack breaks down. The midfielder slides into a tackle but it a touch too late and catches Bensebaini. He receives a booking for his trouble, but ultimately the free-kick comes to nothing.
Elvedi has been charged with keeping an eye on Haaland tonight and it's turning into a very watchable duel. Both are big, physical players, and so far the Dortmund striker has been kept quiet. Emphasis on the so far...
ANOTHER NICE MOVE
Thuram touches the ball back to Neuhaus in the middle of the pitch and spins away, collecting the return pass into the left-hand channel. He tries to cross for Plea in the box, but it's blocked by Hummels.
Gladbach charge forward on the counter, with Stindl, Lainer and Plea all exchanging quick passes before Stindl lass it off to Thuram on the left-hand edge of the box. But the Frenchman slips just as he's about to control the ball, allowing Morey the chance to nip in and steal the ball off his toe.
NO WAY THROUGH FOR BELLINGHAM
Hummels slides a terrific ball forward into Haaland's feet and he instantly touches it back to Bellingham on the edge of the Gladbach box. The 17-year-old tries to create space for a pass but is shepherded away from danger by a defender and the opening is lost.
LIVELY OPENINGBoth teams have shown their attacking intent in the early stages, with Gladbach just about edging it so far in terms of possession and shots.
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STINDL FROM RANGE
Stindl lines up a shot from about 25 yards out, slightly right of centre. He strikes it well but it's straight at Hitz, who makes a comfortable save.
REUS VOLLEYS OVER!
Dortmund's first opening of the match falls to Reus after a poor defensive header goes straight to the 31-year-old. He's unmarked, on his left foot and about 10 yards out, but snatches at his shot and it whizzes over the target.
OVER FROM STINDL
This is a lovely move from Gladbach, who have had the better start. Thuram harries down the left and pings a cross into the middle, which Hofmann chests back down to Stindl. The captain takes it on the half-volley but can't keep his shot down and it sails over the bar. It wouldn't have counted ultimately as the assistant referee raises his flag for offside, but it was nevertheless very promising from the hosts.
Guerreiro is unable to continue so is replaced at left-back by Schulz.
This doesn't look good for Dortmund as Guerreiro goes down with a grimace. The team doctors come on but the left-sided specialist indicates he can't continue, and he's helped poff the pitch.
THURAM GOES CLOSE!
The first chance o f the game and it's a gilt-edged one for Thuram. Hofmann has time and space on the right to pick out a cross into the middle, and his low ball across the six-yard box is met by Thuram, who flicks it wide of the far post. That could and probably should have been the opening goal right there!
AND WE'RE OFF!
Dortmund get the ball rolling at Borussia-Park. Strap in, we're in for a good one!
WATCH: PREVIOUS MEETING: GLADBACH 4-2 DORTMUNDThe teams last met on 22 January in a Bundesliga Matchday 18 encounter on this very ground. Elvedi and Haaland each scored twice for Gladbach and Dortmund respectively, but second-half goals from Bensebaini and Thuram sealed all three points for the Foals in what was also their most recent Bundesliga victory.
GLADBACH TEAM NEWS
The Foals' head coach Marco Rose, who has agreed to take over at Dortmund next season, has made seven changes to the side that lost 3-2 against RB Leipzig on Saturday. Sippel continues his run in goal in the cup, with regular No.1 Sommer on the bench, while Lainer, Bensebaini, Kramer, Neuhaus, Stindl and Plea all come in for Beyer, Zakaria, Lazaro, Wendt, Wolf and Embolo.
DORTMUND TEAM NEWS
BVB interim head coach Edin Terzic has made one change from the side that beat Arminia Bielefeld at the weekend, with Thomas Delaney coming on for Gio Reyna, who drops to the bench.
GLADBACH STARTING LINE-UP
Sippel - Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini - Kramer, Neuhaus - Hofmann, Stindl (c), Thuram - Plea
Sommer, Herrmann, Zakaria, Wolf, Beyer, Traore, Wendt, Lazaro, Embolo
DORTMUND STARTING LINE-UP
Hitz - Morey, Can, Hummels, Guerreiro - Bellingham, Delaney, Dahoud - Sancho, Haaland, Reus (c)
Bürki, Zagadou, Hazard, Schulz, Moukoko, Brandt, Reinier, Meunier, Reyna
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Thank you for joining us for live build-up and coverage of the first of this season's DFB Cup quarter-final ties. The other game scheduled to be held today, Regensburg vs. Werder Bremen, has been postponed, while Rot-Weiss Essen face Kiel tomorrow, and RB Leipzig welcome in-form Wolfsburg.