(St. Pauli – Borussia Dortmund 2-1) Erling Braut Haaland marked two years in the Dortmund kit, but despite scoring, it was not the celebration the Norwegian envisioned.
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For the 2nd Bundesliga team St. Pauli, Borussia shocked Dortmund, and sent the reigning cup champion out of the German cup already in the round of 16.
– Today was a bad day. We woke up late. It is extremely bitter to be knocked out. We have to let it sink in first. We missed a great opportunity to win the trophy again, says Dortmund captain. Marco Reus to ARD.
There is still speculation about Haaland’s future. In the German press, they ask themselves if this was Haaland’s last cup match in Germany, considering that he may disappear by the summer.
– If Erling really should go, and it can happen, we will find a solution, said Hans-Joachim Watzke, CEO of Dortmund, to the German TV channel ARD before kick-off, according to Bild.
The match was no more than four minutes old before the league leaders at level two went up in the lead. Guido Burgstaller put the ball into the box, where Etienne Amenyido ran free before fighting the ball past Dortmund goalkeeper Gregor Kobel.
Dortmund had several great opportunities in the hunt for an equalizer, but five minutes before the break it narrowed instead from St. Pauli again.
Again, it was a post that created the opportunity, but this time the hosts got help to put the ball in goal. It was Axel Witsel who slid the ball into his own net, and made sure that St. Pauli shockingly went into the locker room with a two-goal lead.
Father Alf-Inge Haaland was not impressed by what he had seen in the first round:
After the break, it was St. Pauli who created the first chances, but after just over ten minutes, Dortmund got a penalty. Mats Hummels had taken the trip up the field, and he sent the ball up in the hand to Jakov Medic. The referee let it go, but after a VAR check he pointed to the penalty spot
Haaland immediately grabbed the ball and put it on the penalty spot. Ice-cold, he rolled the ball down the right corner, while St. Pauli goalkeeper Dennis Smarsch threw himself the opposite way.
Thus, the reduction was a fact after what was Haaland’s 79th goal in the Dortmund kit – exactly two years after he debuted with hat trick against Augsburg.
That number he has reached in 78 games.
Despite the reduction and half an hour left to do so, Dortmund failed to put a proper pressure to get an equalizer, and thus it ended with a shock victory for St. Pauli.
The Dortmund players sank into the grass after the match, while the St. Pauli squad gathered in a large circle and let go of the cheers.
They are now ready for the quarterfinals, and can really dream that the cup adventure will take them all the way to the top. It is not just Dortmund of the big teams that have been knocked out. Bayern Munich were knocked out as early as in the previous round.