Marco Reus scored Borussia Dortmund’s first goal of the season just two-hundred seconds in to their defence of the DFB-Pokal, getting them off to a flying start at fifth-tier SC Feucht before eventually running out comfortable 3-1 winners despite a scare right after the interval.
Julian Schieber found Reus twelve yards from goal after good movement down the right, and Reus followed-up his winner for Germany against Argentina forty-eight hours ago with a fine finish. Neven Subotic doubled the lead sweeping home a loose ball at a corner, and despite further pressure, it remained 2-0 at the break.
Schieber was a whisker away from adding a third a minute after the restart, and Dortmund were immediately caught out with route-one play from the hosts, who pulled a goal back with their only shot on target all game.
Substitute Ivan Perisic got a touch on a long-range Schieber drive with twenty minutes to go, despite an appeal for offside, and put the game beyond Feucht who offered little throughout other than an eleven-man defence. Cimo Röcker made his competitive début for BVB, having a quiet first half until he came alive in the final half-hour, mirroring right-back Andreas Beck’s desire to get forward and swing crosses into the box.
Shia Swisa from worldsoccer.com has given us his prediction: “Dortmund won’t even have to be at their best to see off Feucht. I can’t see any other winner in this game, and they could win it by 3 or 4.”
 Two other first round ties are taking place tonight: Hüttigweiler v. Nürnberg, and TeBe Berlin v. SC Paderborn. Here in Feucht, referee Deniz Aytekin glances at both his Assistants, blows his whistle, and the home side kick-off!
 Early chance for Julian Schieber as a Roman Weidenfeller bounces all the way through, but the Dortmund striker fires over the top from 20 yards.
 Feucht have a corner. Klaus Badur holds off Sven Bender’s challenge and plays a ball in towards Til Rangnick, but Felipe Santana comes across to snuff out any danger.
 It’s Santana who heads away Badur’s corner at the far post, and the ball back into the box is over hit and goes for a goal-kick.
 SC Feucht 0-1 Borussia Dortmund: Neven Subotic pops the ball down the right-hand side for Julian Schieber to drift wide and collect. He beats the challenge of Wolfgang Weigang and pulls back to MARCO REUS who slams home from 12 yards out with just 203 seconds played.
 Seems only natural that the team who scored the last goal in the competition last year, score the first goal this year.
 First foul of the game, Jan Köhn is late on André Schürrle. Nothing malicious, just mistimed.
 Seconds later Sven Bender catches Klaus Badur on Feucht’s right wing and the referee pulls out the first yellow of the game.
 Badur takes the free-kick him self, swinging the ball into the box from the touchline, but Bender heads away and Dortmund clear.
 Deniz Aytekin has evened-up the caution count immediately. Danny Honka is shown a yellow card for the hosts after he brings down Reus. No nonsense from the referee today.
 Goal in one of the two other ties. Paderborn have taken the lead at TeBe Berlin through Solga.
 Marco Reus picks up a loose ball in the Feucht box after Schieber is challenged. He can’t get a shot away but finds the head of André Schürrle who nods wide from ten yards out at the far post.
 Goal for Nürnberg at Hüttigweiler. They lead through Adam Hlousek.
 Paderborn now two-up in Berlin. Wooten has the second, and Berg has made it two for Nürnberg in the other game. Meanwhile here in Bavaria, André Schürrle wins Dortmund a corner.
 SC Feucht 0-2 Borussia Dortmund: Dennis Praet whips the corner in from the right. it’s met by NEVEN SUBOTIC at the near post who has his header blocked on the line, but he sweeps home the loose ball from close range to double the lead.
 Schürrle has won Dortmund another corner. Three Feucht defenders went to close him down as he looked to get the ball in from the left. If he could have found Röcker on the edge of the box, the hosts were in a world of trouble. Still might be, Praet with the delivery… Samir Tolle saves easily from Julian Schieber’s header.
 Nürnberg are now 3-0 up at Hüttigweiler. Mendler has their third.
 Mario Götze tripped late in the middle of the park by Kragl who somehow escapes a booking. Captain’s privilege, perhaps.
 Adam Hlousek has his second of the night as Nürnberg are now 4-0 up at Hüttigweiler.
 Weigang called upon to clear away two crosses into the box from Dortmund’s right-hand side. First from Reus, then from Beck.
 The hosts are happiest lumping the ball forwards in the air, which is frustrating Dortmund a little. They just want it down on the deck.
 Paderborn are 3-0 up at TeBe Berlin. Auer their latest scorer.
 Schürrle gets his cross in from the left but it’s bending away from goal and Schieber can’t get enough power in his header. Tölle saves easily and holds on.
 Third corner for Dortmund as Dennis Praet finds Andreas Beck in space out wide. His near-post delivery is belted behind by Danny Honka.
 Poor deliver from Praet this time. No problem for Feucht in clearing their lines. 11 men behind the ball though so Dortmund recycle it and come back over the halfway line with Bender.
 Götze gets on the end of a Praet chip into the box but he’s closed down immediately with a strong challenge. Feucht are weathering the storm at the moment, can the visitors add a third before the break?
 Space opens up in front of Dennis Praet as he brings the ball forwards, but he fizzes his shot wide of the post from 22 yards out.
 Ten men behind the ball all the time for the hosts, so while Dortmund have all the ball and it’s barely ever in their half, getting good crosses in is proving tricky.
 Goals to tell you about elsewhere: Göwecke has pulled one back for Hüttigweiler who now trail 1-4 at home to Nürnberg, while three goals in three minutes have gone in in Berlin. Krösche put Paderborn 4-0 up from the spot before Streischbier pulled it back to 4-1, but Feisthammel has now added a fifth for the visitors.
 André Schürrle smashes one over the top from 20 yards.
 Lovely switch of play from Reus to Schürrle who leaves Köhn for dead, but he scuffs his cross-cum-shot and Tölle comes to gather.
HALF-TIME: SC Feucht 0-2 Borussia Dortmund (DFB-Pokal First Round).
BVB certainly go in the happier side at the break as they’ve completely shut-out the hosts, but haven’t quite tested Tölle as much as they’d probably like. An early third goal would put this to bed.
[HT] Two changes for Feucht at the break: Armin Vatany and Thomas Ulrich have replaced Daniel Degen (6.2) and Danny Honka (6.0) respectively.
 An unchanged Dortmund side get us back underway and win a corner inside fifteen seconds through Schürrle.
 Praet’s corner is headed out but picked up by Schieber who takes a touch before drilling a shot inches wide of the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
 SC Feucht 1-2 Borussia Dortmund: This has certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons. From the goal kick, the ball is hit wide to Kragl who clips a ball forwards. Subotic slips while back-pedalling and ALEXANDER SUSLIK is gifted with the chance to slot past Weidenfeller.
 Feucht are making their third change. Pascal Stoll is on for Kragl (6.7) who appears to have pulled something as he played the ball into the box.
 Götze and Schürrle work the ball from left to right, finding Andreas Beck on the overlap but he blazes high and wide from 15 yards out. Corner given though, must have taken a deflection.
 Sven Bender lets fly from 25 yards out and Tölle pushes it away at full-stretch down to his right. Great save.
 Change for Dortmund: Ivan Perisic is replacing Mario Götze (6.9).
 Adam Hlousek has a hat-trick for Nürnberg who are now 5-1 up at Hüttigweiler.
 Another Schürrle run down the left wins Dortmund a corner as he cross is headed behind by Ulrich.
 Sven Bender grazes the top of the bar with a superb half-volley as a short corner is pulled back by Schieber.
 Second change for Dortmund: Lars Bender is on for brother Sven (7.0). Straight-swap in the middle.
 Tölle saves well from a looping Schieber header. BVB’s full-backs are starting to come forward more. Cimo Röcker on the left has been quiet so far, he’s encouraged on by his manager.
 Julian Schieber almost makes it three as his beats Töller with a header that drops over the ‘keeper but Weigang gets back in time to scissor kick it off the line.
 Berg has his second of the game for Nürnberg, who now lead 6-1 at Hüttigweiler.
 SC Feucht 1-3 Borussia Dortmund: Töller pushes behind Lars Bender’s drive from distance. Praet’s corner is cleared to Schieber who lashes at goal with IVAN PERISIC diverting it past the ‘keeper from close range.
 I have to admit, Perisic looked offside, but we’ll check the replay…
 That’s a great call by the Assistant. Perisic, in the centre of the goal is onside by half a stride.
 Röcker gets another cross in for Schieber but he’s hounded-out. Feucht get it away and breakaway, and it’s Röcker who’s back at the far post to clear. Great energy.
 Berg has joined teammate Hlousek with a hat-trick for Nürnberg. 7-1 they lead at Hüttigweiler.
 Feucht’s goalscorer Alexander Suslik looks in some pain as he clatters into Lars Bender in the Dortmund box, and gives away a free-kick. He’s being carried off.
 Dortmund make their third and final change at the stoppage. Robert Lewandowski is on for Julian Schieber (8.0).
 Suslik is back on but doesn’t look remotely comfortable. Feucht are effectively playing with ten men now.
 Tölle comes to claim a deep cross into the box from Praet under pressure from Lewandowski.
 Praet finds Beck who slips a perfectly-weighted ball through to Lewandowski. The back four are static looking at the assistant, no flag comes, and Tölle makes a great spreading his body to push the shot behind.
 No one tracks the run of Neven Subotic who meets Praet’s corner but heads inches over the top.
 Til Rangnick has a sight of goal and tries to lob it over the top of Weidenfeller from 25 yards out but he’s way off-target in front of the travelling fans.
 Lewandowski has an effort charged down. Praet and Perisic linking-up well to get the ball into the box.
 Ngankam has made it 8-1 for Nürnberg at Hüttigweiler.
 Final couple of minutes here plus whatever’s added on. Dortmund utterly in control despite being caught out by the long ball once. They’ve created plenty but just lacked the edge to finish. That sharpness will come.
 Cimo Röcker is denied a wonderful maiden goal for Dortmund as he arrives late in the box and meets Praet’s square ball, curling it towards the top corner, but for a great save.
[90+1] We’re going to have three additional minutes here at the Waldstadion.
FULL-TIME: SC Feucht 1-3 Borussia Dortmund (DF-Pokal First Round). [PKM]
Surman will be happy with the performance, even if the result doesn’t entirely reflect the dominance of his Dortmund side from start to finish. Feucht scored with their only shot, seconds after Schieber came inches from making it 3-0, and only courtesy of a slip from Subotic.
Dennis Praet collected the man-of-the-match award for a solid performance in the middle, slotting nicely into the role that Ilkay Gündogan filled before his club record transfer to Manchester United yesterday. Götze and Schürrle aren’t quite clicking for Dortmund yet, with Reus a cut above them.
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The club win ~£87,000 for their success, and the Second Round draw will be made on Sunday. Post-match, manager Gray Surman was enthusiastic about his side’s performance:
“I’m just taking it one game at a time, as always with knockout football. An early goal is always a bonus and it helped us on our way. We snatched at a couple of chances and really should have been three-up, even when they scored I had confidence the team would see the game out.
Julian [Schieber] was getting in the right positions today and that’s what I like to see. We’ll need to be sharper in front of goal, and we’ll work on that. Dennis [Praet] was absolutely outstanding today. The opportunity is there for anyone at the club to step-up and and show they have what it takes, regardless of age.
The [Gündogan] money is there to spend if we want to. It wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I’ve only ever got the best interests of the club at heart.”