It was a boring night in Dresden – good. That meant Borussia Dortmund progressed to the quarter finals of the DFB Pokal without much trouble. The surroundings around the ground stayed also relatively calm, providing an electric atmosphere after Dynamo fans showed a great choreo on their end.
As expected, the game was much tougher than against Schalke, because Dresden actually knew how to defend, but not tough enough to really trouble Borussia Dortmund’s goalmouth.
It has been a typical cup game against a rough, unforgiving 3. Liga team. BVB had trouble to break down the tight defense, that clogged the middle of the pitch. A mere suggestion of a pitch, which had more brown than green features and was muddy, making it even tougher to string a few clean combinations together. Jürgen Klopp called the turf an “imposition” after the match. The Dortmund coach is clearly spoiled by the great pitch in the Westfalenstadion, which is treated by UV lamps, which bath the sky in yellow light above the stadium.
Jürgen Klopp -“If Dresden wants to be promoted, they will need a new pitch. Dresden fans who groan about misplaced passes and bad first touches: I can tell you, it’s the pitch. Your team can play way better football.”
But in the end Jürgen Klopp couldn’t be too unhappy with the shoddy turf, since Michael Hefele struck half of the ground when attempting a pass across his own penalty area. Ciro Immobile chested down the ball and thrashed it past the keeper. The spell was broken and BVB were ahead and seemingly out of reach. Yes, Dresden had a few chances, but why bother? It wasn’t really dangerous. Immobile sealed the deal, scoring the 2-0 in the 89′ minute after Dortmund used the space to counter.
What really grinds the gears of everyone even the day after, was the reckless challenge of Dennis Erdmann on Marco Reus, who took out the midfielder with intention. A foul that happened off the ball and was unnecessary as it was painful to behold. The central defender stuck a leg out to hinder Reus from making a run, hitting the defender with his knee, bruising Reus’s thigh.
Reus had to be subbed off after 25 minutes and is now doubtful against Hamburg. It would be utterly frustrating if the midfielder had to miss out next Saturday because of THIS.Erdmann had the audacity to say “He ran into my knee” after the game. It might have been funny, if it wasn’t for the sake of Marco Reus, who has suffered enough in recent months.
Anyway, it wasn’t the most exciting game in the world, Borussia Dortmund progress to the quarter finals of the DFB Cup. Hopefully the next draw is at home and will eventually lift the trophy in Berlin.