A surprise that fell very heavily on Borussia Dortmund fans. On Tuesday night, a dramatic clash between the black and yellow and Werder Bremen took place in the Signal Iduna Park. For 120 minutes, both teams fought long and hard to secure a spot in the quarter finals. Result: Borussia Dortmund out of the DFB Cup.
Werder Bremen started early
A free kick well executed from Max Kruse allowed Milot Rashica to score the first goal in the 5th minute. Borussia Dortmund kept drilling and trying to equalize. Their efforts came to fruition when Marco Reus score a free kick in the 48th minute of stoppage time.
4 Goals in the Extra Time
A half time went by, and the game stayed level with chances from both sides. The contest had to get to extra time to find a winner. Christian Pulisic‘s 105th minute goal didn’t stand for long as Claudio Pizarro equalized in the 108th minute. Likewise, Achraf Hakimi 113th minute goal seemed like the end of a very exciting game. However, Martin Harnik still managed to give his team hopes in form of a header in the 119th minute.
With the game staying level by the final whistle, referee Felix Brych send both teams into penalty kicks, in which Borussia Dortmund lost 4-2.
A Very Apparent Lack of Confidence
In a game that’s supposed to be very manageable for Lucien Favre, his men seemed to lack confidence. This was very apparent throughout the game and especially during the penalty kicks. Paco Alcacer and Max Philipp, who are clinical finishers, missed two penalties sloppily.
However, Werder Bremen gained more confidence with each minute on the other hand. It is very important that Marco Reus and company forget about this setback as soon as possible for they have a very important responsibility. Winning the Bundesliga is the main goal this season.
From the 2005 Borussia Dortmund, till the title winning squad in 2011 and UEFA Champions League runner up era, Mostafa was always a very passionate Black and Yellow supporter. You would often see him in Coffee shops and Bars on Matchdays. He will be wearing a BVB jersey and sipping on a German beer and most likely swearing at the referee.