Borussia Dortmund vs SG Dynamo Dresden 2 – 0: Dortmund advance past a meager Dresden

It took Dortmund 30 minutes and a corner kick to break down the five men back line of Dresden.

Dynamo Dresden managed to come back from a 0-3 deficit against Bayer Leverkusen in the first round of the cup, completing the biggest turn around in over 25 years in the competition. The Saxons have really found their feet in the 2. Bundsliga of late, managing to secure 7 points from the last three matches, while Dortmund have managed to string together a series of four consecutive wins in the Bundesliga.

Dresden have been to Dortmund four times before this evening’s clash, having lost all four previous meetings. For Dynamo coach Ralf Loose the game was doubly special: He used to play for Dortmund, and managed to get 120 appearances as a player for the Borussians. Loose was also an assistant coach during Klopp’s playing days in Mainz back in the day.


Borussia Dortmund: Langerak – Piszcek, Subotic, Hummels, Schmelzer – Bender, Kehl – Götze, Kagawa, Grosskreutz – Lewandowski

SG Dynamo Dresden: Hesl – Bregerie, Gueye, Jungwirth, Stoll, Schnetzler – Koch, Fiel, Solga, Trojan – Poté

First half: Dortmund control possession, but struggle to create chances

Dresden’s coach Ralf Loose chose to play with a back line consisting of five players when his team was defending. Florian Jungwirth played in a holding midfield role while the team was in possession, creating a 4-1-4-1 system when Dresden was attacking. Dortmund went with their familiar 4-2-3-1 formation, with Lars Bender often getting involved in the attacking part of the game when the team mates in front of him struggled to penetrate the Dresden defense on their own.

The first chance of the game came after a Dresden counter attack: Poté managed to grab hold of a long ball forward, and ran with it, taking himself into the penalty area, dancing around Subotic. Dresden’s only striker had to finish off the attack from a narrow angle, and the shot didn’t cause Dortmund’s goalkeeper for the day, Mitchell Langarek, any trouble.

Dortmund controlled most of the possession during the beginning of the game, but failed to produce chances. Dresden’s Solga tested Langerak for the second time after 20 minutes when he thrashed a ball towards the goal from 20 meters, but the Australian goalie had no problems whatsoever handling Solga’s shot.

Dortmund managed to create their first decent chance after 24 minutes, when Götze managed to dribble past two Dresden defenders, before he slipped a delicate pass to Kevin Grosskreutz. The man with the tattoo of the Dortmund skyline sent the ball towards that very same skyline from 10 meters.

Sven Bender got more and more and involved in the attacking third in the following minutes, helping his team mates who struggled to build up attacks. First he found Kagawa in the box in the 28th minutes. Unfortunately the Japanese managed to miss the goal from 12 meters. Two minutes later Bender tried to shoot himself from 30 meters, forcing Dynamo keeper Wolfgang Hesl to turn the ball around the post.

Götze brought in the following corner, and found the head of Robert Lewandowski who had managed to escape his marker. The Pole placed the ball in the net from 5 meters, finally giving Borussia the lead.

Robert Lewandowski tested Hesl once more in the 34th minute with a shot from distance, but the Dynamo keeper was up to the challenge. The two teams went to the dressing rooms with a well deserved 1-0 lead for Dortmund.

Second half: Dresden take more chances, creating more space for Dortmund

Dresden continued to play with five defenders at the back in the beginning of the second half, but Dortmund had now found the recipe to get through that back line. Lewandowski missed the goal narrowly with a shot from 15 meters just after kick off. Piszcek and Götze had two good chances kept out by Hesl in the 54th minute and the 56th minute.

Dynamo coach Loose brought defender Sebastian Schuppan on for Alexander Schnetzler after 61 minutes, and moved David Solga into a midfield role, while Robert Koch was partnered with Poté up front, turning Dynamo’s formation into a 4-4-2 formation.

It took Dortmund only 4 minutes to exploit the room up front: Kehl won the ball on the half way line, passing the ball to Bender, who sent it on to Götze. The 19 year old German international made no mistakes from within the penalty area, and placed the ball behind Wolfgang Hesl into the net of the goal.

Dynamo didn’t seem to be too keen on going forward after the 2-0, while Dortmund were happy to defend their lead. Dedic had the best chance after the 2-0 with a volley from 13 meters, but managed only to hit Mitchell Langerak in the Dortmund goal.

Conclusion: Loose’s negative tactics couldn’t stop Dortmund from scoring

Ralf Loose’s defensive tactics worked out for half an hour. The only time Dynamo actually seemed to struggle before Lewandowksi’s goal was during set pieces. The Saxons have displayed a weakness in that department in the league, so it was no surprise that they conceded the first goal of the match after a corner.

Loose chose to switch to a 4-4-2 formation later on in the game, giving Dortmund plenty of space up front. The champions were ruthless in exploiting this, and managed to get the decider after 65 minutes. All in all a well deserved victory, that was never in doubt. Dortmund didn’t play to the best of their abilities, but all that matters in the cup is to progress to the next round.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 33-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.


  1. “Lars Bender got more and more and involved in the attacking third in the following minutes”

    I thought Sven Bender was the Dortmund boy of the Bender bros!

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