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BVB into last 16 after 2-0 victory over Ingolstadt

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Borussia Dortmund have reached the last 16 of the DFB-Pokal. The reigning champions won their second-round tie against FC Ingolstadt 2-0 (0-0) thanks to a brace from substitute Thorgan Hazard.

Boris Rupert reporting

A total crowd of 25,130 spectators at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK – including a well-attended South Stand – had to wait until the 72nd minute for Hazard, who had come off the bench seconds earlier, to turn home Brandt's assist and make it 1-0. Bellingham (first half) and Tigges (start of second half) had earlier been denied by the woodwork. Brandt and Hazard then teamed up again 10 minutes later to double the lead and put the tie to bed.

The scenario:   The second-placed club in the Bundesliga was up against the side second from bottom in the second tier. Borussia reached the second round by beating Wiesbaden 3-0, while Ingolstadt claimed a 2-1 win over Aue. It was the fifth competitive meeting between the clubs, who met four times in the Bundesliga between 2015 and 2017: three wins for BVB (7-0 combined goal difference) and one 3-3 draw.

Personnel matters:   Kobel, Haaland, Reyna, Guerreiro, Reyna, Dahoud, Moukoko, Malen, Schulz, Morey and Schmelzer were not available. There were five changes to the starting line-up that played in Bielefeld in the Bundesliga on Saturday, with Hitz, the recovered Meunier, Witsel, Reinier and Tigges replacing Kobel (bruised thigh), Akanji, Reus, Hazard (all substitutes) and Malen (infection).

Tactics:   BVB played in a 3-4-1-2 formation with advanced wide men in midfield. Meunier (right) and Wolf (left) occupied those positions. The two central positions in front of the back three were occupied by Witsel and Bellingham, the latter of whom would push forward to support the attack when his side had possession. Brandt played in central attacking midfield behind forwards Reinier and Tigges, who were up against three defenders in FCI's 5-2-3 system.

The match & analysis:The Dortmund back three pushed up deep into the opposition half, which was where almost all of the play took place in the opening 45 minutes. The Black & Yellows registered 85% possession before the interval, though their attempts to open up gaps in the opposition's deep-lying defence did not initially prove to be successful, due to Ingolstadt's diligent and focused defending. But Borussia did have chances from the 27th minute onwards – initially from distance, with Wolf forcing goalkeeping Buntic to turn the ball behind for a corner from 23 metres out. From the ensuing set-piece Brandt switched the play with a well-timed pass to Bellingham, who went for goal from 20 metres – and struck the bar! Four minutes later, the ball was in the back of the net. Hummels had scored from another corner, but Can was ajudged to have fouled Röseler and the goal did not stand (31).

Those remained the only three moments of danger in and around the Ingolstadt box until half-time. Despite their dominance, Dortmund's attacking play lacked tempo, conviction and courage, allowing the second tier side to keep it goalless at the break.

The Black & Yellows then stepped it up a notch, with Brandt initiating a big chance via a diagonal ball. Meunier headed the cross back across the face of goal from the corner of the six-yard box, only for Tigges to head against the bar (52). Six minutes later, Witsel went for goal from 14 metres. An Ingolstadt player threw himself at the shot, however. Gaus cleared Meunier's header a short while later.

With 20 minutes to go, Hazard and Reus came on to replace Meunier and Tigges – and the deadlock was broken only seconds later. Hazard started the move for the goal himself. After a ricochet, Bellingham steered the ball out to Brandt on the right and he played it into the box to set up Hazard for a tap-in (72). A short while later, referee Jöllenbeck denied the Black & Yellows a penalty for a foul on Wolf by Antonitsch (75).

But that all-important second goal did eventually come on 82 minutes. Wolf cut the ball back towards Brandt from the right of the box, who delivered a pin-point cross to the back post and teed it up for Hazard to score from several metres out. The Belgian had netted a brace within exactly 10 minutes of coming off the bench.

Outlook:   The draw for the Round of 16 will be conducted on the ARD-Sportschau this Sunday (from 18:30 CET), with the ties set to be played on 18 or 19 January 2022. BVB are up against 1. FC Cologne in the Bundesliga on Saturday (15:30 CET).

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