Dortmund’s DFB-Pokal defence continues as a Mats Hummels extra-time goal put them into the last four with a 1-0 victory at Bayer Leverkusen, their third win over the club this season.
With a full week’s break having not played at the weekend, Gray Surman was able to call upon a fully-fit squad, with the only exception being Marcel Schmelzer who was serving the final game of a three-match domestic ban from his sending-off in the Bundesliga win over Bayer at the end of January.
BVB made four changes from the defeat of Anderlecht last week with Mario Götze making his first appearance in five matches, and André Schürrle, Stevan Jovetic, and Neven Subotic all returning to the starting XI. Eyebrows were raised at the lack of a substitute ‘keeper on the bench though Heinz Lindner was reported as fit and available.
A dour first-half only came to life in the dying minutes when Götze hit a post from ten yards out before a great save denied Schürrle curling an effort into the top corner in stoppage time. Dennis Praet replaced Götze at the break, and both sides came bursting out the blocks.
Roman Weidenfeller made two good saves from Stefan Reinartz headers to keep the scores level, and as the tie went into extra-time, Stevan Jovetic hit the crossbar as he flicked a Julian Koch cross towards goal. Four minutes later, Dortmund were awarded a debatable corner.
As the hosts were still berating the officials, Praet whipped the delivery in towards Mats Hummels who was given time and space to control and turn, before he beat Pär Hansson at his near post. BVB parked the bus and soaked up lots of Leverkusen pressure, but kept their third clean sheet in the competition and set-up a semi-final tie at Nürnberg in three weeks.
Tonight’s other quarter-final tie saw Schalke twice come from behind to eventually win 3-2 at second-tier Erzegebirge Aue after extra-time. That the match had gone the full two hours was pleasing to the Dortmund staff as BVB travel to Schalke on Saturday afternoon.
A place in the semi-finals away at Nürnberg awaits today’s winner, with this tie being decided tonight here at BayArena. Dortmund hold the upper-hand with 3 wins to Bayer’s 2 in their last six meetings, including a big 3-1 win at home in January that put them top for the first time this season.
Fast forward to today and Leverkusen sit in second in the league, a point behind Schalke, and two points ahead of third-place Dortmund who have two games in hand on both of them.
The rivalry between the two clubs doesn’t stop there though, with Dortmund two points behind them in the U19 league, and the double-transfer which saw Lars Bender and André Schürrle join BVB last season as well as a handful of backroom staff. There won’t be many warm welcomes for Die Schwarzgelben today!
Simon Rolfes is out for the hosts, with the seven-goal striker sidelined for the rest of the month with a sprained ankle. Marcel Schmelzer is the only absentee for Dortmund, serving the final match of his suspension for his red card in the league match between these two sides on 30 January.
Interestingly enough there’s no goalkeeper on the bench for Dortmund today, who have made four changes from their 5-1 defeat of Anderlecht last week. In comes Neven Subotic at centre-back, Mario Götze and André Schürrle both start in the midfield, and Stevan Jovetic is up top.
Pär Hansson hasn’t conceded in his last four matches for Leverkusen, and he gets the nod to start for the hosts. Daniel Ginczek starts against his former club upfront, in what looks very much like a second-string line-up against BVB’s likely strongest starting XI.
 The country’s top referee, Wolfgang Stark, gets us under way with the home side kicking-off!
 Early touches for both ‘keepers. Röcker is offside for Dortmund, so Harsson takes the free-kick sending it long downfield where Weidenfeller gathers.
 Dani Carvajal fouls Schürrle on the touchline, but Götze’s delivery is headed away at the near post.
 Carvajal again fouls Schürrle, but Leverkusen have everyone back in the box and Götze’s delivery is cleared away.
 Hajime Hosogai has the first effort of the game, blasting high and wide of Weidenfeller’s near post from 25 yards.
 Leverkusen win the first corner of the game when Quiring buys the set-piece off the legs of Subotic. Lars Bender heads away the delivery before Hummels clears.
 Potential upset on the cards as Aue have taken the lead in tonight’s other quarter-final tie against Bundesliga leaders Schalke. Guido Kocer has put the second-tier hosts in front.
 Quite a dull match so far, neither side able to get the ball forwards and retain possession.
 Jonathan Viera, on loan from Valencia, has equalised for Schalke at Aue.
 Dortmund have their first effort when Jovetic nods down a cross that Sven Bender touches wide for Schürrle to curl first time towards the top corner, but he’s wide from 25 yards.
 Hajime Hosogai is cautioned after he trips Sven Bender in the Leverkusen half.
 Dortmund are trying to put crosses into the box, but Leverkusen have ten men behind the ball most of the time. Lucas and Felipe clearing almost everything.
 Woodwork! Mario Götze hits the post from ten yards out after great work from Koch to beat his man and send a cross into the six-yard box that Reinartz makes a hash of clearing.
 Paolo De Ceglie slides in hard on Marco Reus and joins Hosogai in the book.
 We’ll have an extra minute here in the first-half.
[45+1] Hansson pushes away a Schürrle drive from just outside the box.
HALF-TIME: Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Borussia Dortmund (DFB-Pokal QF).
[HT] Götze’s effort apart, quite a dull first-half as both defences are getting the better of their attacking counterparts. Dortmund look the most likely to score, but who’ll come quickest out the blocks.
[HT] Change for Dortmund as Dennis Praet comes on for Götze (6.4). Leverkusen have made a change too: On comes Gonzalo Castro for Frei (7.0).
 Dortmund kick-off the second-half.
 Schürrle arrives late to get his head on the end of a Reus chip to the far post but he’s inches wide.
 Neven Subotic fouls Jantscher and is cautioned. The hosts work the ball into the Dortmund box but Reinartz drills a low shot wide from close range at a very tight angle. Should have perhaps pulled the ball back.
 Jantscher looks like he’s taken a knock from Subotic’s challenge.
 Andreas Beck comes on for Röcker (6.0) for Dortmund. Koch goes to left-back.
 Weidenfeller tips a Reinartz header over from ten yards out. Before the corner, Stefan Kießbling comes on for the hosts replacing Ginczek (7.1).
 A long throw into the box from Carvajal causes panic in the Dortmund box as Kießling almost forces the ball over the line but Hummels clears off the line.
 Reinartz gets the final touch on a Schürrle cross winning Dortmund a corner. efore it’s taken, Leverkusen make their final change and replace impressive centre-back Lucas (7.3) with Philipp Wollscheid. Interesting move from the hosts at this point in the game.
 It’s Wollscheid who heads the corner away at the far post.
 Jovetic and Reus both get the ball at their feet in the box but neither can get a shot away as the home side pack their own penalty area.
 Wollscheid gets to a Beck low cross ahead of Jovetic who’s steaming in to slam home at the near post.
 Halil Savran has put Aue back in front against Schalke. Can they book a semi-final place against Hamburg?
 Hansson denies Reus from 20 yards with a fine save. Corner. The ‘keeper holds on as Subotic heads towards goal.
 Schürrle puts an effort wide. Dortmund starting to turn the screw and find a late winner before we head into extra-time.
 Schürrle gets away down the left, controls Sven Bender’s ball wide, cuts inside and drills a low cross right across the face of goal. Reus just couldn’t get there in time at the far post.
 Jantscher bends a daisy-cutter wide from long range. Only ever troubling the cameraman behind the goal.
 Final change for Dortmund: Ivan Perisic replaces Schürrle (5.8).
 Reus and Jovetic combine brilliantly to get the ball forward but the former smashes a low shot wide from 15 yards.
 Viera has a second to draw Schalke level again at Aue. 2-2.
 Jovetic keeps the ball in by the corner flag, comes inside and tries to bend an audcaious effort into the top corner which evades Hansson, but Reinartz gets a touch ahead of a charging Praet at the far post.
 Three minutes for one side to find a winner and avoid extra-time.
[90+3] Carvajal collects a poor Koch clearance and drills a shot towards goal that deflects behind off Beck. Last chance here. Hummels heads away.
FULL-TIME: Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Borussia Dortmund (DFB-Pokal QF).
[FT] Impossible to call this. It’s going to take one moment of magic, or more likely, one tired mistake to send a side through tonight.
 Leverkusen kick-off extra-time.
 Woodwork! Stevan Jovetic sees his header hit the crossbar and go over as he flicks on from a Koch cross.
 Guess who’s scored for Schalke? Correct! Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scores his ten bajillionth of the season to put Schalke 3-2 up at Aue.
 Perisic fires over the bar from distance. Apparently it took a touch and Dortmund are awarded a corner to some constenation from the home fans behind the goal.
 LEVERKUSEN 0-1 DORTMUND: It’s a poor goal for the hosts to concede and they surround the referee in protest. Praet sends a corner into Mats Hummels who is allowed to control and turn by Dani Carvajal before beating Hansson at his near post.
 Kießling clatters Sven Bender 25 yards out. Reus bends the free-kick towards goal quickly but he’s off-target.
 Sven Bender is cautioned for a trip on Hosogai.
HT/ET: Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 Borussia Dortmund (DFB-Pokal QF).
 Fifteen minutes separate Dortmund from the semi-finals. Can they hold on in their defence of the trophy? Can Leverkusen force penalties, or even turn this around completely? Let’s find out…
 Leverkusen have come out all guns blazing, but they’re up against a Dortmund side now parking the bus. We all know how good they are on the counter. This’ll be a fun quarter of an hour.
 Dortmund look like they’re holding on, but Dani Carvajal is the dangerous man coming forward for Leverkusen and he wins a corner. Subotic heads the delivery behind for another xcorner, Leverkusen’s eighth of the game.
 Weidenfeller saves easily from the corner.
 Dortmund are on the counter and Sven Bender lofts a long ball forward for twin brother Lars who is denied at close range by Hansson. Corner for Dortmund.
 Wollscheid makes a mess of a clearing header and sends Jovetic clean through to seal it for Dortmund, but he blasts wide when one-on-one with Hansson.
 Dani Carvajal overruns a ball into the box and has to stretch to poke it goalwards as Weidenfeller comes out, and it screws a yard wide. That was the chance. Ten seconds remaining.
RESULT: Bayer Leverkusen 0-1 Borussia Dortmund (DFB-Pokal QF). [PKM]
Dortmund dug deep when they had to, and did just enough at the other end to book their place in the final four of the cup competition they’d dearly love to defend. A twelfth goal of the season for captain and centre-back Mats Hummels was the difference today against a Leverkusen side who gave run-outs to several fringe players.
Schalke came from behind twice to win 3-2 at second-tier Aue in tonight’s other quarter-final tie meaning that the semi line-up is Schalke-Hamburg, and Nürnberg-Dortmund, both set to take place at the end of the month.
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