Borussia Dortmund traveled to Merkur Spiel-Arena in Dusseldorf for their first round match-up with Uerdingen in the German Cup. Less than a week after their 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup Final, the Black and Yellow kept their momentum moving. Though the match was scoreless at the break, Dortmund looked the better side dominating the possession and generating more chances.
After 45 scoreless minutes, Dortmund kept their foot on the gas to open the second half. In the 49th minute, Manuel Akanji lofted a ball into the box for Marco Reus. Germany’s Footballer of the Year took a brilliant first touch and curled his shot into the bottom right corner, giving Dortmund the lead.
Dortmund kept the pressure on Uerdingen who fought off a flurry of attacks to keep their side in the match. However, Dortmund capitalized on a great opportunity in the 70th minute when Paco Alcacer took fantastic free kick. Alcacer’s free kick sailed over the wall and into the top right corner to put Dortmund ahead by 2.
The Black and Yellow never looked back and cruised through the remaining 20 minutes to maintain the clean sheet. Dortmund keeper Marwin Hitz saw little action but stood tall when needed, tallying his second consecutive clean sheet. Dortmund open league play on Saturday, August 17, when they host FC Augsburg at Signal Iduna Park.
A 2019 graduate from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Ryan is an aspiring sports writer with a profound passion for the Black and Yellow. On match day, Ryan can likely be seen draped in Dortmund’s colors, perennially pacing the living room of his Ann Arbor apartment. He dreams of one day watching a match from world football’s largest and most impressive standing terrace, The Yellow Wall.