In the league, the team of the hour, in the cup torn from all dreams: Borussia Dortmund has embarrassed against relegation candidate Werder Bremen with a completely unexpected slip and is in the Round of 16 of the DFB Cup failed, coach Lucien Favre's team lost 2: 3 (0: 2) after an uninspired performance that was too long, but the Hanseates showed by far their best appearance of the season.
Ironically last minute transfer Davie Selke gave the hosts the lead in the 16th minute with a defensive goal, Marvin Hitz in the Dortmund goal deflected a shot from Milot Rashica forward. Leonardo Bittencourt (30th) was responsible for the 2: 0 with an unsustainable long-range shot into the corner. Substitute Norwegian "goal scorer" Erling Haaland scored the goal in the 67th minute, but only 180 seconds later Rashica set the old distance with a low shot again. Giovanni Reyna scored again for Dortmund in the 78th minute. Hala and Can come on as substitutes Favre had initially left his striker Haaland on the bench despite seven goals in the past three games, even Blitztransfer Emre Can was not in the starting line-up of the guests, he was brought on in the final phase. And Haaland lacked the BVB offensive: the league third combined quite well up to the Bremen penalty area, but the Dortmund did not get any further. The North Germans were staggered too well, especially in the first half, which is no coincidence that Werder goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka was seriously tested in the first 45 minutes only by a fall-back from Mats Hummels (24th). In the 44th minute, Selke missed the preliminary decision when he failed in a direct duel from close range to Hitz. The Dortmund coach, who had followed the first round much more restlessly than usual, reacted during the break and replaced the luckless Thorgan Hazard with Haaland. Favres Bremen colleague Florian Kohfeldt also had to change: Selke, slightly stricken, left the field for Josh Sargent (50.) As expected, BVB pressure increased at the beginning of the second half. The North Germans were now lower and increasingly knew only to help themselves with liberation strikes. The 41,616 spectators in the almost sold-out Weserstadion felt the needs of their team and cheered every duel won and every successful pass.Moisander and Reyna clashed, but the dominance of the vice-master was never completely overwhelming. "We have to play bravely," Kohfeldt had asked of his protégés before the game. What they did far more often than a Liga 16. expected. The duel was also more dominant than that of Dortmund, and in one scene or another the Hanseatic people could even keep up with the game. Bittencourt and Rashica, in particular, repeatedly provided relief. BVB captain Marco Reus was anything but enthusiastic about the appearance of his teammates, the frustrated international picked up from referee Guido Winkmann Mecker-Gelb. Bremen's Niklas Moisander also saw yellow for a borderline fight with Dortmund's Reyna, but Bremen's counterattack lacked accuracy in the last third of the game. After the connection goal, the Dortmund team took a complete risk, now Pavlenka got much more to do – and defused a final dangerous header from Haaland in stoppage time.