Defending Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund went through to the semifinals of the DFB Pokal, Germany’s premiere cup competition, in sensational fashion, as they defeated second division side SpVgg Greuther Furth 1-0.
The Azkals’ Stephan Schrock, a regular starter for Furth, was not available for selection in the semifinal due to injury.
Substitute Ilkay Gundogan was the hero for Dortmund, as he scored an extra-time goal in the 120th minute in a sold out Trolli Arena in Furth, Bavaria, Germany.
The match between the leaders of the first and second division in the Bundesliga lived up to expectations, as neither team could break the deadlock in normal time.
As penalties loomed, Furth coach Mike Buskens sent in substitute goalkeeper Jasmin Fejsic in the last minute of extra-time, the Bosnian goalkeeper deemed the better shot-stopper.
In a cruel twist of fate, Dortmund ensured that the game would be settled without the need for penalties, with Gundogan’s effort ricocheting off the post into the back of Fejsic and then into the Furth goal, triggering celebrations from the visiting side.
Furth currently lead the Bundesliga second division standings with eight games to go, and are on course for an automatic promotion to the first division in Germany.
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