Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer were both on target as 2017 DFB Cup winners Borussia Dortmund booked their place in the second round of the competition with a 2-0 win away to Uerdingen on Friday evening.
Uerdingen 0-2 Borussia Dortmund
Goals: 0-1 Reus (49'), 0-2 Alcacer (70')
Lucien Favre's men dominated from the outset against their third-tier opponents, with summer signings Thorgan Hazard and Nico Schulz making their competitive debuts for the club, while returnee Mats Hummels also began in defence. Hummels and Alcacer both had early chances saved by goalkeeper Lukas Königshofer as Dortmund looked to make their superiority count, and Hazard was a constant menace on the right wing, regularly showing flashes of his one-on-one brilliance. The longer the game stayed goalless, however, the more the hosts grew in confidence and they should have taken the lead in the 38th minute when Osayamen Osawe robbed Hummels of possession and bore down on Marwin Hitz's goal, but he dragged his shot wide of the far post.
If that was a let-off for Dortmund, Reus showed no such mercy at the start of the second half. Manuel Akanji's inviting pass over the top of the defence wasn't properly cut out and the ball fell kindly to the BVB captain, who lashed in the opener from close range. It was always going to be an uphill struggle from then on for Uerdingen, who gamely continued to battle and tried to get forward, but the match was effectively killed off in the 70th minute when Alcacer whipped in a stunning free-kick from 25 yards out. The Spaniard almost doubled his tally shortly afterwards but fired a volley straight at Königshofer, and further opportunities for Hummels and Lukasz Piszczek also went unrewarded. It mattered little in the end, though, as Dortmund comfortably saw the game out to ensure they will be in action in the second round at the end of October.
- Uerdingen were playing in the DFB Cup for the first time since losing on penalties to Cologne in the 2001/02 round of 16. The Rhineland club had lost their previous two cup meetings with Dortmund (second round, 1995/96; round of 16, 1979/80).
- Bayern loanee Evina is Uerdingen's top scorer so far this season with four goals in as many games. The Cameroonian has made two substitute Bundesliga appearances for the Bayern first team.
- Uerdingen's Kevin Großkreutz made 236 appearances in all competitions for Dortmund between 2009 and 2015, registering 27 goals and 37 assists.
- Dortmund are four-time DFB Cup winners and five-time runners-up. The Black-Yellows, who exited the competition after a penalty shoot-out defeat to Bremen in the round of 16 last season, last lifted the trophy in 2016/17.
- Sancho scored 13 goals in all competitions last season, including one in the DFB Cup. He was the Bundesliga's leading assist provider in 2018/19 (14).
- Alcacer was Dortmund's top scorer last season with 18 Bundesliga goals, followed by captain and Germany Footballer of the Year 2019, Reus, on 17.
Uerdingen: Königshofer - Großkreutz, Lukimya, Maxsö, Dorda - Mbom, Barry (75' Bittroff), Rodriguez, Gündüz - Evina (Guenouche 63'), Osawe (58' Kinsombi)
Unused subs: Udegbe, Kirchhoff, Konrad, Pflücke, Grimaldi, Rühle
Out: Daube (knee), Grimaldi (muscular), Maroh (broken rib), Aigner (hip)
Coach: Heiko Vogel
Dortmund: Hitz – Piszczek, Akanji, Hummels, Schulz – Witsel, Weigl – Sancho (75'Hakimi), Reus (c) (79' Götze), Hazard (88' Bruun Larsen) – Alcacer
Unused subs: Oelschlägel, Schmelzer, Toprak, Dahoud, Delaney, Wolf
Out: Brandt (adductor), Bürki (shin), Guerreiro (muscular), Morey (shoulder)
Coach: Lucien Favre
AS IT HAPPENED!
Borussia Dortmund passed their first test of the 2019/20 season with Marco Reus and Paco Alcacer on target in a 2-0 win over KFC Uerdingen in the first round of the DFB Cup.
90' TWO MORE MINUTES
We're into two minutes of stoppage time.
88' FINAL CHANGE
Hazard's first official shift as a Dortmund player comes to an end, with Bruun Larsen taking his place – that is the last substitution tonight.
81' PISZCZEK CLOSE!
That was almost a third for Dortmund, with Piszczek providing support inside the Uerdingen area and his shot was deflected just inches wide.
79' DORTMUND CHANGE
Mario Götze comes on for the opening goalscorer, Marco Reus.
76' FINAL CHANGE FOR UERDINGEN
Barry comes off and Bittroff comes on, while Dortmund also make a change with Hakimi replacing Sancho.
70' PACO THE PUNISHER!
Indeed there is more punishment as Paco Alcacer lines up and curls his direct free-kick around the wall and inside the post – it's 2-0 to Dortmund, and a place in the second round should be theirs.
69' MBOM BOOKED
Mbom slices down Nico Schulz just outside the penalty area, and he is shown a yellow card. Could there be more punishment to come?
67' DORTMUND IN CONTROL
Lucien Favre's men appear to be in control of proceedings here, playing the ball around with confidence. Meanwhile, Favre's former club Borussia Mönchengladbach are currently 1-0 up in their tie at SV Sandhausen.
63' UERDINGEN SUBSTITUTION
Uerdingen's top-scorer Evina is replaced by Guenouche.
58' SANCHO SHOT DEFLECTED
Jadon Sancho has his first real sight of goal tonight, but a deflection takes the ball behind for a corner.
55' DORTMUND PASS MASTERS
Dortmund continue to circulate the ball with confidence, although they no longer have the urgency they had before Reus' goal. They are looking for ways to break through, but the safe option is the overwhelming preference. As things stand, they are heading into the second round of the DFB Cup.
49' REUS OPENS SCORING!
There is the opening goal and it's Marco Reus who lashes the ball in after it lands kindly for him off the shoulder of an Uerdingen defender. Relief for Lucien Favre's men.
SECOND HALF STARTED
We are back underway in Düsseldorf, still goalless between Uerdingen and Dortmund.
Dortmund asked most of the questions in this opening 45 minutes, but the way a resolute Uerdingen have defended suggests they are going to have to work very hard indeed for a place in the second round of the DFB Cup. The hosts even had the best chance to score in the first half. All still very much to play for!
44' ALCACER OFF TARGET
Paco Alcacer holds his head after missing the target with a weak header.
42' OSAWE OPPORTUNITY AGAIN
A mistake by Hummels gives Osawe the ball near the goal-line, but there are no blue shirts up in support for his cut-back.
38' OSAWE CLEAN THROUGH!
That was the best chance of the game so far! Osawe is clean through on the Dortmund goal, but he drags his effort just wide of the far post. At the other end, Uerdingen manage to scramble the ball behind for a corner as Dortmund very nearly strike on the break. The game's opening up now!
28' ALCACER CLOSE!
Paco Alcacer brings a fine reaction save out of Königshofer as he threatens to beat him inside his near post. Dortmund slowly starting to chisel holes into the Uerdingen rearguard.
23' BLUE WALL
You've heard of the famous Yellow Wall in Dortmund? well the Uerdingen players are doing a good impression of it here, albeit in blue, defending in numbers and making it extremely difficult for Dortmund to find a way through. The guests must have around 80% of the possession here, but it's still goalless.
15' HIGH-FLYING HUMMELS
That's Dortmund's first effort on goal, and it's Mats Hummels who flies high to head straight at Königshofer.
14' DORTMUND GETTING CLOSER
Dortmund appear to want to walk the ball in as they go agonisingly close to getting into a decent scoring position. So far, though, the mass ranks of light blue shirts are protecting their penalty area well.
7' RODRIGUEZ CLOSE!
The first chance of the game and it comes for the hosts, with Rodriguez's shot tipped over the crossbar by Hitz! That was a close shave for Dortmund.
4' WITSEL TAKES AIM
Witsel the first to lose his patience as Dortmund struggle to find a gap, and he takes aim from 20 yards out, missing the target to the left.
3' DORTMUND ON TOP
A first touch of the ball back in a black and yellow shirt for Mats Hummels, who starts a prolonged period of possession for Dortmund with plenty of short passes as Lucien Favre's men seek a way through.
We are underway in Düsseldorf, and with this, the 2019/20 season is officially OPEN!
As the line-ups are read out, the name of former Dortmund defender Großkreutz is by far and away the loudest, with fans of both clubs screaming out his name. What an occasion it is for him tonight!
Düsseldorf or… Dortmund?
Uerdingen are the nominal home team tonight, but in their home for the night, Düsseldorf, there has been nothing short of a black and yellow invasion. It is hard to speak of a home advantage, therefore, but the atmosphere is electric.
Axel Witsel is the last player to leave the field at the end of the warm-up. Now both teams are in the dressing rooms, getting ready to come out for kick-off, and it's safe to say there are plenty of yellow shirts in the stands.
Veni, Vidi, Vici Evina?
One man to keep an eye on in the Uerdingen team is Franck Evina, who is on loan from Bayern Munich. He's scored four goals already this season and, as a true red, will hope to get his name on the scoresheet again tonight.
Raphael Guerreiro had been expected to start tonight, but a muscular injury means he not only misses out against Uerdingen, but he will also miss the start of the Bundesliga season. Dortmund have announced he faces around a two-week injury absence. Thorgan Hazard takes his place in tonight's starting XI.
While this is only Dortmund's second competitive fixture of the season – after their 2-0 Supercup triumph over Bayern Munich last weekend – Uerdingen have already played four league games this season, picking up five points in the third division.
The above line-ups are now confirmed! Lukasz Piszczek gets the nod in the Dortmund defence, with Julian Weigl starting in midfield instead of Thomas Delaney and Thorgan Hazard makes his first competitive start for BVB.
Meanwhile, former BVB star Kevin Großkreutz starts against his ex-club!
Welcome to the live blog of this season-starting DFB Cup clash. We're now 90 minutes away from the first 90 minutes of the new season, with the first round of the DFB Cup kicking off with Dortmund's trip to Uerdingen, played in Düsseldorf. The line-ups will be with us shortly - don't go away!