Thorgan Hazard has brought defending champion Borussia Dortmund into the round of 16 of the DFB Cup after a long sadness. The Belgian international, who came on as a substitute in the 71st minute, paved the way for the arduous 2-0 win over the harmless second division bottom FC Ingolstadt with his two goals (72nd / 81st).
“It was difficult. They defended their penalty area well, ”said the double goalscorer. “We could have met earlier. Sometimes it’s easier to get into the game later. ”Ingolstadt was pretty tired. “I was a bit lucky, I was probably offside when I scored the second goal,” he admitted. The video evidence is not used in the second round of the DFB Cup.
In front of the mini-backdrop of 25,813 spectators in the Signal Iduna Park, in which 67,000 fans were allowed to go, the Bundesliga runner-up had a hard time for a long time, but was redeemed by Hazard. This means that the Ingolstadt coach Andre Schubert, who signed on at the end of September, has to wait for his first victory at his new place of work. “We did it seriously. That was a great achievement ”, praised BVB trainer Marco Rose at Sport1.
Rose initially left captain Marco Reus and defender Manuel Akanji on the bench in order to dispense with the two regulars of the ongoing hunt for deadlines. The hosts had to do without newcomer Donyell Malen because of a gastrointestinal infection. In total, the Dortmunders were missing ten players. The many changes in the starting line-up and the great personnel shortage made BVB difficult against the bottom of the second division. Although he took over the direction from the start, despite all the dominance he did not create any scoring chances. Against the very defensive second division side, the build-up game lacked speed, ideas and depth.
Guest keeper Fabijan Buntic only rarely had to intervene in the first 25 minutes. For the first time, a goal danger was recognized in the 27th minute when Marius Wolf tested the FC goalkeeper with a long-range shot from the edge of the penalty area and Jude Bellingham hit the crossbar just a few seconds later from a similar distance. A goal by Mats Hummels (32nd) was not recognized because of a foul by his teammate Emre Can.
Ingolstadt relied on two five-a-side chains in Dortmund’s possession to prevent the flow of the game – and had long success with it. So the game in the first half remained unsightly for long stretches. Top striker Erling Haarland was sorely missed by the Westphalia. BVB increases the pace a bit after the break. Steffen Tigges (52nd) heads for Borussia’s second crossbar. After that, the Dortmunders couldn’t think of anything else to do against the Ingolstadt people who were fighting sacrificially.
In increasing need, coach Rose changed two professionals in the 71st minute in Reus and Hazard, whom he would actually have preferred a break. The move paid off just a minute later when Hazard took the longed-for leadership. Nine minutes later it was again the Belgian who was there on pass from Julian Brandt and finally made the decision.