Dortmund are comfortably through to the last eight of the domestic cup after tonight’s 4-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB-Pokal Third Round, which featured a maiden goal for 18 year-old centre-back Hervé Matthys.
After having to play matches on consecutive nights, BVB made eight changes from the starting XI who drew at Augsburg, with only Mats Hummels starting as the only player to have finished the match last night. In came Heinz Lindner, Andreas Beck, Cimo Röcker, Felipe Santana, Marco Reus, Julian Schieber, Samy Bourard, and André Schürrle.
The latter struck first when he headed home Beck’s cross, and then doubled the score midway through the first-half when he converted his own rebound after a superb effort hit the post. It could have been a lot worse for Frankfurt who saw BVB hit the woodwork twice in the opening five minutes.
Hervé Matthys headed home a corner two minutes after the interval, before Ivan Perisic cracked home a delightful 22-yard free-kick on the hour to round-off a comprehensive victory and great performance in attack and defence, who were able to prevent the visitors from testing Lindner throughout.
BVB have made eight changes from the side that played last night in Ausgburg, with Hummels, Großkreutz and Götze retaining their places in the starting XI. Only Hummels played the full 90 minutes last night.
Spot in the quarter-final up for the winners, but the other seven matches take place next Wednesday.
 Eintracht Frankfurt kick-off!
 BVB win a free-kick in the final third as Rode barges over Großkreutz.
 Woodwork! Marco Reus curls it round the wall, and has Trapp beaten, but his free-kick crashes back off the post.
 Woodwork! BVB keep the attack alive from a throw-in after a clearance. Beck’s cross is headed onto the top of the bar by Schieber.
 Trapp pulls off a great save to push over a Schürrle drive. Corner. BVB have burst out the blocks tonight. Felipe Santana’s header from the setpiece hits the stantion and goes behind.
 Corner for Frankfurt as Kittel’s run ends with a challenge from Hummels. Dortmund clear it and counter, until Schindler’s tackle on Reus which took ball as well as man. Referee unmoved, Reus stays down.
 Kittel’s shot loops off Santana’s feet and Frankfurt win a corner. It ends when Kittel blasts over the top from the edge of the box.
 Another corner for Frankfurt when Beck heads behind a deep cross from Hoffmann. Dortmund clear their lines again.
 Trapp is at full stretch to push away a low Schürrle drive after a trademark cut inside from the left and strike from the edge of the box.
 DORTMUND 1-0 FRANKFURT: André Schürrle stays forwards after his shot was saved, Marco Reus keeps the ball alive on the right, finding Andreas Beck who whips it deep towards the far post where Schürrle heads home the opener.
 Samy Bourard concedes a free-kick from the restart and Frankfurt force a corner, but Dortmund get it away.
 Santana brings down Schnellbacher right on the edge of the box. Meier fires it wide, Lindner probably had it covered.
 DORTMUND 2-0 FRANKFURT: The BVB management have been working on André Schürrle’s finishing, and it has paid off in spades tonight! He cuts inside and smacks a shot against the angle of bar and post, but is quickest to react and slots home his own rebound.
 Mats Hummels is signalling to the bench after he slips playing a simple ball across the back. The visitors play the ball out so he can get treatment.
 Woodwork! Corner for BVB is headed against the crossbar by Felipe Santana. Dortmund replace the injured Hummels (7.1) with Hervé Matthys.
 André Schürrle has a great chance to grab a hat-trick as he beats his marker to a Schieber flick-on, but Trapp saves from his header at point blank range.
 Frankfurt are making a change after Stefano Celozzi (5.9) is challenged fairly but firmly by Cimo Röcker. On comes Pirmin Schwegler.
 Three additional minutes indicated, as Frankfurt win a corner off Beck. A free-kick is awarded to Dortmund as the delivery comes in and is headed away.
HALF-TIME: Borussia Dortmuind 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt (DFB-Pokal R3).
 No changes for either side at the break after a change apiece in the first-half. Dortmund get us back under way!
 Schürrle wins BVB a corner with a charge towards the goal line that ends with his cross being deflected behind.
 DORTMUND 3-0 FRANKFURT: Götze whips the corner in towards the near post and it’s Hervé Matthys who is celebrating his first ever senior goal, heading past Trapp from six yards out.
 Brilliant save from Trapp to deny Reus a great goal from a 25-yard free-kick.
 Second change for BVB: Ivan Perisic is on for Götze (7.2).
 Schürrle is causing Frankfurt so many problems tonight. He wins a free-kick two yards outside the box after a foul by Hoffmann.
 DORTMUND 4-0 FRANKFURT: Marco Reus hands free-kick duty over to Ivan Perisic following the Croatian’s introduction a moment ago. He duly steps up and curls it past Trapp from 20 yards out to surely seal BVB’s progression through to the last eight.
 Dortmund are giving a half-hour run-out to 17 year-old Italian Emiliano Mancinelli as he replaces Schieber (7.1).
 Samy Bourard receives the first yellow card of the match from Feliz Zwayer as he brings down Alexander Meier.
 Quiet last ten minutes as Dortmund know they have the game in the bag. Thoughts maybe turning towards Sunday’s visit of Hoffenheim. Clean sheet would be a big morale boost tonight.
 Ivan Perisic hits a free-kick from 25 yards straight into the wall. Dortmund comfortable in the last ten minutes, Frankfurt offering very little.
 Trapp tips over a Perisic drive from the edge of the box. Fourth corner for Dortmund. Matthys gets on the end of it but puts his effort wide.
 Two additional minutes between BVB and the final eight in their defence of the DFB-Pokal.
FULL-TIME: Borussia Dortmund 4-0 Eintracht Frankfurt (DFB-Pokal R3). [PKM]
A hugely convincing home win for Dortmund after two dour away games and a shaky performance back here a week ago. André Schürrle was faultless tonight, taking far more time over his shots and it paid dividends tonight. A great clean sheet for Heinz Lindner tonight too, even if he wasn’t tested at all, giving the defenders who played tonight a morale boost.
Hoffenheim come here on Sunday before BVB head to Morocco in the FIFA Club World Cup.
- 14.12: Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund v. TSG Hoffenheim (Signal Iduna Park)
- 19.12: FIFA Club World Cup SF v. New York Red Bulls / Al-Sadd QC (in Morocco)
- 22.12: FIFA Club World Cup Final TBC (Casablanca)