Borussia Dortmund hosted Borussia Monchengladbach in today’s second round match in the DFB Pokal. For the second time in the last 11 days, Dortmund were the top dogs in another Battle of the Borussias at Westfalenstadion.
Neither side wanted to concede first, and a scoreless first half reflected both teams’ defensive approaches. With Marco Reus and Mats Hummels out of the lineup, Dortmund should have been vulnerable. But a collectively strong performance from the Black and Yellow proved sufficient.
Monchengladbach opened the scoring in the 71′ when Dortmund left goalkeeper Marwin Hitz helpless on a point-blank header. But Dortmund answered just eight minutes later when Julian Brandt’s deflected shot bet Yann Sommer.
Dortmund immediately increased their pressure and tempo, a risk that rewarded Brandt with his second goal of the match three minutes later. The final ten minutes were just as exciting, as Dortmund had multiple chances to put the game out of reach. Just before the final whistle, Monchengladbach manager Marco Rose’s temper earned him a red card, perfectly capturing the emotional intensity of the closing minutes.
Dortmund play three difficult opponents in the next ten days and hope to build on today’s well-rounded performance.
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.