KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Christian Pulisic and Borussia Dortmund had a scare against Julian Green and Greuther Furth while Weston McKennie and Schalke shut out their opponents in the first round of the German Cup.
Greuther Furth 1-2 Borussia Dortmund
Marco Reus' extra time goal helped Borussia Dortmund avoid an early exit from the German Cup as they came from behind to knockout Greuther Furth at the Sportpark Ronhof Thomas Sommer.
Pulisic would get the start for BVB as he played on the right side of a 4-2-3-1 formation. Julian Green was also in the starting line-up for Greuther Furth.
Dortmund was the most aggressive side in the first half, with plenty of opportunities to open the scoring. However, goalkeeper Sascha Burchert did very well to make some key saves to keep the game scoreless as they headed to the second half.
The visitors continued to press for a goal and Pulisic came very close to finding it near the hour mark when he unleashed a shot just inside the area, but the ball would rattle off the post and out of bounds. He would have another chance in the 69th minute, but the Burchert would block the shot.
BVB could not buy a goal, but Greuther Furth would find the back of the net in the 77th minute when Sebastian Ernst ran towards a lobbed pass from teammate Daniel Keita-Ruel and he would hammer the ball past Roman Burki.
The host seemed close to coming away with the upset, but new signing Axel Witsel would take the field and level the score in the fifth minute of stoppage time. Burki, who came up field, sent a pass out to the left for Reus and the captain's cross would find the Belgian international in area, who calmly volleyed his shot into the goal.
With the score tied, the game headed into extra time.
And it would be Reus who scored the game-winner just before the final whistle as he guided home a cross from Jadon Sancho to prevent the game from going to penalties.
A thrilling game that sent the BVB supporters home with smiles on their faces while Greuther Furth will want to erase it from their memories as soon as possible.
Schweinfurt 0-2 Schalke
Schalke booked their ticket into the next round of the German Cup following their win over Schweinfurt at the Willy Sachs Stadion.
McKennie was in the starting line-up for the Royal Blues playing in central midfield in a 3-4-3 formation.
The visitors would get their first crack at goal in the 24th minute when the referee called a penalty after Schweinfurt's Philip Messingschlager brought down Amin Harit in the area.
Nabil Bentaleb stepped up and coverted the penalty to give his team the lead.
Schalke had a bit of luck on their side when they were able to put the game on ice in the 75th minute when Adam Jabiri scored in his own goal in a rather freakish play. Matija Nastasic attempted to head the ball towards goal from a Schalke corner kick, but it somehow ricocheted off the German forward's face and then into the back of the net.
The visitors will take the goals anyway they can get them.
John Brooks started for Wolfsburg in their 1-0 win over Elversberg.
Bobby Wood came off the bench for Hannover and recorded an assist in their 6-0 win over Karlsruher.
Kevin Lankford came off the bench for Heidenheim and scored a stoppage time goal in their 5-2 win over Jeddeloh.
Alfredo Morales came off the bench for Fortuna Dusseldorf in their 5-0 win over Koblenz.
Terrence Boyd came off the bench for Darmstadt in their 1-0 win over Magdeburg.
Andrew Wooten watched from the bench as Sandhausen came away with a 6-0 win over Rot-Weiss Oberhausen.
Branden Stelmak watched from the bench as Chemie Leipzig caused an upset as they walked away 2-1 winners over 2. Bundesliga team Jahn Regensburg.