A Stevan Jovetic hat-trick inside the opening 25 minutes sent Dortmund comfortably through to the last sixteen of the DFB-Pokal, scoring all three goals in the win over second-tier Eintracht Braunschweig at Signal Iduna Park tonight.
There was little under two minutes on the clock before the club’s record-signing slammed BVB into the lead from inside the six-yard box when Viktor Fischer’s cross dropped into the danger zone. Those were two of eight changes that Surman made from Saturday’s win over Frankfurt – who coincidentally BVB will meet at home in the next round.
Hervé Matthys made his first start for the side, and he lined-up alongside Weidenfeller, Beck, Röcker, and Fischer as the rotated players. There was also a début for Emiliano Mancinelli who came on as a second-half substitute.
Jovetic doubled the lead on thirteen minutes when Marco Reus started a counter attack, bursting down the right before pulling back to the Montenegrin to drill home his second. Twelve minutes later he’d completed his hat-trick when Fischer put the ball into the six-yard box again for Jovetic to convert.
The second-half petered out somewhat, though BVB still had to be professional to keep a clean sheet and book their place in the Third Round.
Welcome to Signal Iduna Park where Dortmund are looking for a hat-trick of wins at home in three different competitions in eight days. Legia Warsaw and Eintracht Frankfurt have come and fallen, and now it’s the time of Braunschweiger TSV Eintracht.
Coincidentally, the winners of today’s tie will host Eintracht Frankfurt in the last sixteen. There’s another Second Round tie tonight: Bayern Munich against Dinamo Dresden.
BVB have made eight changes from the weekend win over Frankfurt, with only Neven Subotic, Ivan Perisic, and Lars Bender staying in the starting XI as Surman rotates in players. There’s a first start for Samy Bourard, and Emiliano Mancinelli will make his first team début if he comes off the bench.
Braunschweig have been unable to select top-scorer Erik Durm and ever-present centre-back Florian Hübner tonight as both are on loan from Dortmund, but striker Orhan Ademi will face his former manager who took him on loan during his spell at Wigan.
Should Ünal Kalafat come off the bench for the visitors, he’ll become the youngest player by 126 days to appear in the competition.
Raymbert Lake from worldsoccer.com is with us and he predicts that “Dortmund have got to be favourites for this one. They’re impressive at home and I expect them to have too much for second-tier opposition.”
 It’s a lovely warm night here in Dortmund, and Felix Brych gets us under way with the visitors taking the kick-off.
 Orhan Ademi is slipped in by Kruppke before he drills a 20-yard shot a whisker wide of Weidenfeller’s goal, but the flag is up.
 DORTMUND 1-0 BRAUNSCHWEIG: First attack of the game for the hosts and they’re ahead after 114 seconds. Samy Bourard whips a ball out to the left that Viktor Fischer keeps in and delivers towards the near post. A defender gets a faint touch on it but not enough to stop Stevan Jovetic drilling it home from six yards out.
 Cimo Röcker clips a cross into the six-yard box that Perisic doesn’t connect with after centre-back Henn misses his interception.
 Kirschbaum makes a good save to stop a Perisic header after Beck’s cross from the right is too long for everyone apart from Fischer who whips it back in from the left flank.
 Röcker’s missed challenge lets Zillner get by him, and the move ends as the Braunschweig man lets fly with an effort from 20 yards that Weidenfeller does well to push away.
 DORTMUND 2-0 BRAUNSCHWEIG: The hosts double the lead as they counter at breakneck speed. Marco Reus has time to bring the ball forwards with pace, pulling back for Stevan Jovetic to slam home his fifth of the season at the near post.
 Corner for Dortmund as Jovetic’s shot cannons off a defender straight to Reus who takes a touch before seeing his effort deflect wide. Zilner heads behind Perisic’s delivery for a second set-piece.
 From the second corner, Neven Subotic gets up highest but sees his header smash against the bar before it goes out.
 Viktor Fischer jinxes past a couple of men before switching play back to the left wing. Dortmund looking very fluid going forwards.
 Olivier Giroud has a four-minute brace for Bayern who are two-up against Dresden.
 DORTMUND 3-0 BRAUNSCHWEIG: It’s a hat-trick for Stevan Jovetic who wheels away to celebrate in front of the yellow wall. Fischer runs on to Röcker’s ball up the left, whipping a low cross into the six-yard box where Jovetic turns it home.
 Dortmund aking their foot off the gas a little. Braunschweig had a spell of possession but the home defence had enough in them to mop up any danger.
 Great fingertip save from Weidenfeller to deny Ademi after the striker turns Matthys and cracks off a shot from 22 yards. The BVB ‘keeper somehow tips it round the post for the visitors’ first corner.
 Matthias Henn comes through Jovetic 22 yards out, dead central. Perisic stands over the free-kick.
 Stunning save from Kirschbaum to push over Perisic’s free-kick which was curling into the top corner. Brilliant stuff. The corner comes to nothing as a shot is blazed over the bar.
 Mario Gómez has put Bayern 3-0 up against Dresden.
 Jovetic goes down after a heavy challenge from Madlung, who concedes a corner when the ball loops up and over the bar. Dortmund will play on with ten for now. Abel heads it behind and Perisic jogs over to take another… which is cleared away.
 Felix Brych is lenient with Damir Vrancic after he slides in on Perisic twenty-five yards out. Similiar position to the free-kick moments ago. Perisic curls it towards the same top corner but it’s over the top.
 One additional minute.
HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Braunschweiger TSV Eintracht (Pokal R2).
[HT] Braunschweig have made two changes at the break, replacing Tayeb (5.4) and Zillner (6.8) with Jeroen Drost and Alexander Ludwig. Dortmund unchanged.
 Off we go! Attendance has been announced as a respectable 60,835 for a midweek game against lower league opposition.
 Jovetic has a go from 25 yards but the visiting ‘keeper pushes it away.
 Kringe has a couple of efforts for Braunschweig. One blocked before the second is blasted over the bar.
 Ludwig draws a good save from Weidenfeller, pushing away his effort from just inside the box.
 Change for Dortmund: Bourard (6.9) is replaced by Dennis Praet.
 Hervé Matthys brings down Kruppke a couple of yards outside the box and gets the first yellow of the game. Braunschweig enjoying the better of the play since the break.
 Julian Schieber comes on for Jovetic (9.6) in Dortmund’s second change.
 Dortmund make their final change as Emiliano Mancinelli makes his first-team début, replacing Perisic (7.1). He’ll partner Schieber up-front.
 Mancinelli and Schieber partner for the first time, with the young Italian knocking the ball forwad for his strike partner who plays a first-time ball back through, but it’s too far ahead nd the ‘keeper claims.
 Great chance for Dennis Kruppke on the edge of the box after Beck’s clearing header doesn’t get any distance on it. He hits the half-volley a foot wide with Weidenfeller a spectator.
 Röcker, who looks good going forward but less than convincing coming back, puts a cross behind for a Braunschweig corner. Surman’s patience with the youngest may be on the wane.
 Game petering out a little as attacking fluidity has made way for long balls forward, for both sides. Surman making sure his Dortmund side stay focused at the back.
 Röcker sends a deep cross to the far post for Mancinelli, but his header just skims the bar on the way over.
 Lars Bender and Dennis Praet have been off-target in the last couple of minutes. Both speculative effort from distance.
 A quick check in at the Allianz-Arena sees that Bayern now lead Dresden 4-1. Nijland pulled one back for the visitors, before Piszczek restored the three-goal lead.
 Braunschweig are making their final change, replacing Feick (6.6) who looks uncomfortable after a collision with Mancinelli. On comes Ünal Kalafat to become the youngest-ever player in the competition.
 Two additional minutes.
 Dennis Praet bends a free-kick round the wall but inches over the bar from 25 yards out.
 It’s finished in Munich where Stef Nijland pulled another goal back for Dresden, before Giroud completed his hat-trick in stoppage time to give Bayern a 5-2 win and set-up a trip to Wolfsburg in the last sixteen.
[90+1] Orham Ademi is clean through with route one football from th visitors, save for a fantastic saving challenge from Neven SUbotic just as he was about to pull the trigger. Corner for the visitors. Weidenfeller punches away.
[90+2] Mancinelli comes within inches of a début goal as he diverts a Fischer cross towards goal. The ‘keeper gets enough on it to slow the shot, before Mann hacks it off the line.
FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Braunschweiger TSV Eintracht (Pokal R2). [PKM]
Comfortable performance from the holders as they complete a trio of wins here at Signal Iduna Park in three different competitions. Stevan Jovetic was superb today, and after a slow start to the season, BVB now have a nice striker decision to make each match.
Eintracht Frankfurt await in the Third Round, though that match is likely to be delayed from the pencilled-in date of 18 December to right before the winter break due to BVB’s participation in the FIFA Club World Cup.
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