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Dortmund became the former king of the German Cup

19 Jan 2022 | 09:13 | Football

Erling Haaland and his teammates lost 1-2 to St Pauli in the round of 16 of the German National Cup on the morning of January 19 (Hanoi time).

St Pauli is playing in Bundesliga 2, but leading the rankings. They have shown high performance, despite hosting Dortmund, the defending Cup champion.

Erling Haaland scored, but could not help Dortmund advance. St Pauli soon had 2 goals thanks to Etienne Amenyido and Axel Witsel’s own goal. They advanced to the quarterfinals against Hamburger.

Haaland could not save Dortmund. Photo: Reuters.

Haaland could not save Dortmund. Photo: Reuters.

The home advantage helped St Pauli play confidently and soon opened the scoring after 4 minutes. From a quick ball on the right wing, Marcel Hartel passed for Amenyido to go down and hit the opponent’s net, despite being beaten by 2 players. Dortmund attached.

Receiving an early goal, Dortmund rushed to attack. A clear opportunity came in the 7th minute when Thorgan Hazard faced the goalkeeper, launched 2 shots but were caught. In the 17th minute, it was Marco Reus’ turn to escape after a long pass, facing the keeper, but Dennis Smarsch made a brilliant save with his foot.

Attacking a lot, not getting an equalizer, Dortmund suddenly conceded a second goal in the 40th minute. From the stretch line on the right wing of the St Pauli player, Witsel cleared the ball but went into the net. Dortmud left the field to close the first 45 minutes with a score of 0-2, despite holding the ball 67% and launching 6 shots.

In the second half, the yellow shirt players created even greater pressure. They held the ball 70%, launched 8 shots, but only twice on target. Dortmund’s only goal came from the penalty spot, taken by Haaland in the 58th minute.

Eric Smith let the ball touch his hand in the penalty area. After consulting VAR, the referee awarded Dortmund a penalty. On the 11 m mark, Haaland fooled Smarsch to score. Most of the rest of the second half, the ball was in the feet of the Dortmund players, but St Pauli defended to protect the result.

After Bayern stopped in the second round, it was Dortmund’s turn to be eliminated in the third round. For the first time since 2011, the German Cup did not feature either of these two teams in the final.

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