After the draw against Hertha Berlin last weekend, Borussia Dortmund are hosting another capital team. In the second round of this season’s DFB Cup, the black and yellows will play against Union Berlin. With important fixtures ahead, it won’t be a surprise to see Lucien Favre start with an unusual line up. However, the German capital’s second team is not one to be taken lightly.
Abdou Diallo’s injury
After an aerial challenge in Union Berlin’s penalty area, Abdou Diallo picked up what looks like an inner thigh injury. After a few talks with the medical staff of Borussia Dortmund, he is asked to accompany the doctor out of the pitch. Raphael Guerreiro comes in to replace him on the left back position.
Pulisic’s goal in the first half
Christian Pulisic scores another goal this season. After a cross by Mahmoud Dahoud, Kagawa makes one of his highest jumps to head the ball toward the net. The goalkeeper blocks the shot but it lands in front of Pulisic who makes it 1-0 in the 40th minute.
Dan Axel Zagadou’s close call
Another aerial challenge could have cost Borussia Dortmund another key player. Dan Axel Zagadou makes a high jump to hit the ball only to land awkwardly on the outside of his left foot twisting his ankle. Although he looked like he picked an injury, he managed to play the whole 120 minutes.
Maximilian Philipp is coming back
It takes a great striker a half opportunity to make a difference, and that’s what Max Philipp did on tonight’s game. His movement on and off the ball was remarkable. Christian Pulisic makes a through pass toward Philipp who confidently strikes the ball into the net to put Borussia Dormund in front 2-1 in the 73rd minute.
And the leader calls it a night
Borussia Dortmund and Union Berlin go into extra time after drawing 2-2. Lucien Favre replaced Wolf by Sancho. The Bundesliga leaders manage to build an attack. Achraf Hakimi crosses the ball towards the middle of the penalty area where Pulisic gets pulled by the shirt and wins his team a penalty. Following some rough pushing and shoving to secure a spot behind the penalty taker, Marco Reus, with the coolness of a leader scores the winner in the 120th minute. Borussia Dortmund Win 3-2 against Union Berlin.