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DFB Cup: Werder Bremen beats Borussia Dortmund


SV Werder Bremen is in the quarter-finals of the DFB Cup. The Bremen, in the Bundesliga table at relegation place 16, prevailed 3-2 (2-0) against Borussia Dortmund. Werder succeeded in making the same coup as in the previous year when BVB were also beaten in the round of 16.

From the first whistle, the Bremen defended concentrated and put the build-up game of the field-superior Borussia under pressure again and again. That paid off early: After a bad pass by Achraf Hakimi in his own penalty area, Marwin Hitz deflected a shot from Milot Rashica forward, Davie Selke gave the Dortmund keeper no chance in the margin (16.). For the attacker, it was the first goal in the Werder jersey since moving back to Bremen in January. Without winter access Erling Håland, whom BVB coach Lucien Favre initially left on the bench, Dortmund lacked the risk of attack in the attack. The best chance of the guests before the break, a fallback from Mats Hummels, drove Werder goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka over the bar (24th).

On the other hand, Leonardo Bittencourt raised for Werder: After a corner, the former Dortmund struck a 25k drop into the corner (30th). Selke even had the 3-0 on foot after a Hummels slip, but failed due to Hitz (44th). Håland and Reyna were not enough for the turn. Then came Håland – and with the Norwegian the connection: pressed from a short distance Brandt's Lupfer across the line (67). Just a minute later, substitute Giovanni Reyna failed before Pavlenka. Then Rashica only restored the old distance with a shot into the far corner (70th), before Reyna shortened again after a fine solo with a dangle (79th) – and went down in the Bremen penalty area (81st).

Despite a kick from Werder captain Niklas Moisander, referee Guido Winkmann did not take a penalty, but instead showed both players the yellow card after forming a pack. The last scene applause of the evening belonged to Werder goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka, who held a great opportunity for Marco Reus (87.) and defused a Håland header (90. + 4).
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