USMNT international Christian Pulisic was among the scorers as Borussia Dortmund thrashed ten-man SV Darmstadt 98 6-0 at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK.
Red card: Niemeyer (57')
The hosts were on the front foot straight from the kick-off, with just seven minutes on the clock when Gonzalo Castro diverted Ousmane Dembele's low cross past Michael Esser from eight yards out. The Darmstadt goalkeeper parried away an Adrian Ramos header shortly afterwards, and made a brilliant save to tip over Raphael Guerreiro’s swerving shot at the half's midway point. Die Lilien barely crossed halfway in the first 45 minutes, with four yellow cards and the tactical introduction of Sandro Sirigu for a struggling Änis Ben-Hatira before the break summing up their efforts.
Dortmund put the result beyond any doubt within 10 minutes of the restart, with Ramos pouncing on the rebound from a tight angle after Esser had saved Guerreiro's long-range shot. Pulisic made it 3-0 six minutes later, ending another sweeping Dortmund move with a smart left-footed finish after the ball had fallen nicely into his path off a Darmstadt foot. The away side's day went from bad to worse when Peter Niemeyer was sent off for a second yellow card before the hour was up, and Esser managed to keep out Pulisic and substitute Shinji Kagawa with a fine double-save. But Castro extended the lead seconds later with a sublime piece of skill, flicking a Pulisic cross past Esser with his instep. Sebastian Rode, on as a substitute, mimicked Castro by converting his cross with a similar effort and Emre Mor, on his Bundesliga debut, drilled home Pulisic's accurate cross just inside the post to seal an emphatic win.
Man of the Match
Pulisic, a day short of his 18th birthday, capped a fine week with a goal, assists and an all-round performance that tormented Darmstadt's defence all afternoon.
Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel will have a nice selection headache in the coming weeks with so many players putting their hands up throughout this performance, although he may take Darmstadt's lacklustre display into account.
- The 6-0 scoreline represents Dortmund's biggest win in the Bundesliga since 2009 and Darmstadt's heaviest-ever defeat in the top flight.Pulisic is now the second-youngest player in league history with three Bundesliga goals to his name.Dortmund fired in 22 shots on goal, compared to Darmstadt's five.
Dortmund: Bürki - Passlack, Sokratis, Ginter, Schmelzer - Weigl - Pulisic, Castro, Guerreiro (Mor 63'), Dembele (Kagawa 63') - Ramos
Coach: Thomas Tuchel
Darmstadt: Esser - Höhn, Sulu, Milosevic, Jungwirth - Holland, Niemeyer, Vrancic (Besjak 46'), Ben-Hatira (Sirigu 39'), Heller - Schipplock (Colak 70')
Coach: Norbert Meier