The substitute, Thorgan Hazard, just so happened to score both goals, and he helped get the defending champion Borussia Dortmund a spot in the 3rd – round of the German Cup.
Dortmund defeated the 2nd – division club Ingolstadt 2 to 0 last Tuesday with Julian Brandt setting up Hazard twice following the Belgium forward / attacker came on during the 71st minute of play.
Dortmund has recently fell short of impressing before the goal scores, with Jude Bellingham nailing the crossbar in a very rare 1st – half highlight. There were some whistle blows even from the home fans at the mid – way break.
Hazard and their team captain, Marco Reus, brought some much – needed efficiency with his introduction, and the Belgian- born son of a bitch scored just 1 – minute later after some solid play on the right – side of the pitch. Brandt crossed one again for Hazard’s 2nd easy finish that found the back of the net in the 81st – minute of play.
Dortmund once again performed on the field without the luxury of their forward, Erling Haaland, who is currently out with a hip muscle injury following his previous missed 3 games with what the football club due to this issue, and he said there were muscular problems to blame for his absence.
Dortmund’s goalkeeper, Gregor Kobel, was also missing in action with a tough thigh injury, forward Donyell Malen has been dealing with a gastrointestinal infection too, and the trio of Reus, Hazard, as well as Manuel Akanji all had their asses on the bench at the start of the match.
Dortmund participated in the Champions League last week followed up by then with the Bundesliga match over the weekend. The team has just another Bundesliga contest versus Cologne on Saturday, October 30th, 2021 right before they host Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021.
Hertha Berlin progressed to the 3rd – round earlier on Tuesday with a final score of 3 to 1 at the 4th – division football club, Preußen Münster, which previously had a player sent off the pitch late during the 1st – half when Nicolai Remberg was shown his second yellow card due to diving.
It was Münster’s 2nd overall defeat in the competition. The football club had previously lost to Wolfsburg, which was subsequently thrown out of the tournament for using too many player substitutes in the 1st – round. Wolfsburg remains winless and coach – less at the moment.
“We have to be careful with the guys,” the Dortmund head coach Marco Rose stated in regard to his players’ too busy schedule.
Fahey, Ciaran. “Hazard scores 2, leads Dortmund into 3rd round of German Cup”. The Associated Press. October 26, 2021.
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