27′ OFF THE POST! Holstein have the chance to counter-attack and they do so through Serra. The forward drives through the middle before teeing up Reese, who cuts inside onto his right foot and sets his sights on the right-hand corner. Hitz is beaten but the right-hand post saves Dortmund before the ball cannons away from danger.
26′ Dortmund remain patient, working possession on the left-hand side, with the ball eventually finding Can. The midfielder clips a delicate pass over the top of Holstein’s defence for Reus, who takes a touch before slotting through the legs of Dahne in the visitors’ goal.
26′ GOALLLLL! 3-0 DORTMUND! The home side work possession intricately around the area, with Reus offloading to Can before making a forward run into the area. The German midfielder spots the forward’s run, chipping a pass over the top of the defence. Reus takes one touch, bringing it down with his left before sliding through the legs of Dahne with his right foot from the left of goal to make it 3-0.
24′ Terzic will be delighted with the hosts’ start and, being two goals to the good before half-time, it may make his second-half decisions easier if he wants to rest some of his stars. For now, however, Dortmund remain 2-0 up and Holstein, despite a good start, are struggling to respond.
22′ GOALLLLLL! 2-0 DORTMUND! Reyna grabs another as he taps into an empty net from inside the six-yard area. All credit should go to Reus, who did incredibly well to drive into the area before pulling across for Guerreiro, whose deflected shot rolled into the path of Reyna inside the six-yard box and the American simply couldn’t miss from there.
21′ Reese runs at Piszczek, twisting and turning past him, which forces Akanji to come across. The centre-back covers well and Reese’s left-footed strike from inside the area tamely trickles into the hands of Hitz.
20′ Sancho puts his hands on his head as he feels he should make a better connection with a header inside the area. Initially, Piszczek had driven down the right before crossing towards the penalty spot with his left foot.
19′ Werner’s men have a speculative shot on Hitz’ goal through Wahl but the midfielder’s long-range effort never looks like troubling the goalkeeper as it sails high over the bar.
18′ Hazard and Dortmund throw their arms up in the air as the referee offers a free-kick to the away side. Despite going a goal down, Holstein don’t appear too worried as Komenda wins another free-kick in a good position in the left-hand channel.
16′ Sancho wanders out to the left, receiving the ball from defence before twisting and turning to get inside. The Englishman then offloads to Reyna, who takes one touch before finding the bottom right corner with a precise, right-footed effort from the edge of the area.
16′ GOALLLLLLLL! 1-0 DORTMUND! Sancho receives possession on the left-hand touchline, driving inside before feeding Reyna. The American takes one touch into the area before powering a low, right-footed strike into the bottom right corner. The visitors allowed both Reyna and Sancho far too much time to think there and they have been punished.
15′ Holstein have the chance to attack on the left flank but Reese, rather sensibly, opts to play inside and keep possession. Werner gestures on the touchline that his team should have attacked, however, for now they remain with the ball at their feet in defence.
13′ Hazard gets rolled in by Can but he can only skew his right-footed effort from the right of goal well wide of the target. The hosts think they should have a corner, courtesy of a deflection off Lorenz, but the referee disagrees and awards a goal-kick.
12′ Bellingham goes in late on Meffert but the referee plays advantage, allowing Reese to attack down the left. The visitors’ midfielder looks for the head of Serra inside the area, however, Hummels and Akanji combine to remove the danger.
11′ Dortmund are four-time winners of the DFB-Pokal. They reached four straight finals between 2014 and 2017, however, this is the first year since then that they have gone beyond the round-of-16 stage.
10′ Reyna carries the ball through the centre, offloading to Sancho, whose attempts to cross from the left gets blocked at the first time of asking by Dehm. Reus was ready and waiting in the middle to challenge Dahne but the final pass just lacked quality.
9′ Holstein pin the hosts in and win possession high up the pitch. Reese then powers down the left-hand channel, crossing towards the front post, where Hummels miscues a right-footed clearance away. The away side have started positively and don’t appear intimidated by their Bundesliga opponents.
7′ Sancho drops his shoulder to easily beat Bartels before sliding through Reus, who looks for Bellingham in the middle. Wahl is on hand, however, to intervene at the near post before the Englishman can test Dahne.
6′ Can needlessly fouls Bartels in the middle of the park and the visitors opt to play the free-kick short. Terzic’s men intercept and Reyna misses the chance to counter-attack as his throughball for Reus gets cut out by Wahl near the halfway line.
4′ CLOSE! Piszczek wanders inside, feeding the opposite flank for the run of Guerreiro. The left-back makes it to the byline, drilling across the face of goal, where Reus is inches away from opening the scoring but he can’t get the crucial touch to turn past Dahne.
2′ Reyna drives down the right-hand channel and crosses for Reus, however, Lorenz does well to flick away a clearance before the Dortmund forward can capitalise.
1′ Referee Christian Dingert gets this game underway!
These two sides did meet in the DFB-Pokal quarter-final stage in 2012, with Dortmund smashing the German second-tier side 4-0 on that occasion. The same year, Dortmund went on to collect their third DFB-Pokal trophy under Jurgen Klopp.
Werner opts for four changes from last time out. Both full-backs, Neumann and Johannes van den Bergh, are replaced as Dehm and Komenda come in. The other two changes see Porath and Mees move to the bench, with Bartels and Reese preferred to start on either flank.
Edin Terzic makes two changes from the Wolfsburg game as Mahmoud Dahoud, who is suspended, and Erling Haaland drop out for Hummels and Hazard. Can moves forward into midfield to partner Bellingham, who is available despite being sent off in the Bundesliga last time out, and Reus will lead the lead the line in the absence of Haaland.
SUBS: Jonas Sterner, Johannes van den Bergh, Alexander Muhling, Finn Porath, Joshua Mees, Dominik Reimann, Phil Neumann, Ahmet Arslan, Benjamin Girth.
HOLSTEIN KIEL (4-1-4-1): Thomas Dahne; Jannik Dehm, Hause Wahl, Simon Lorenz, Marco Komenda; Jonas Meffert; Fin Bartels, Niklas Hauptmann, Jae-Sung Lee, Fabian Reese; Janni Serra.
SUBS: Julian Brandt, Reinier, Steffen Tigges, Thomas Delaney, Roman Burki, Ansgar Knauff, Nico Schulz, Mateu Morey, Thomas Meunier.
BORUSSIA DORTMUND (4-2-3-1): Marwin Hitz; Lukasz Piszczek, Mats Hummels, Manuel Akacji, Raphael Guerreiro; Emre Can, Jude Bellingham; Jadon Sancho, Thorgan Hazard, Giovanni Reyna; Marco Reus.
This is the first time the visitors have reached the DFB-Pokal semi-final stage since 1941. Ole Werner’s side pulled off a remarkable victory on penalties over Bayern Munich in the second round and most recently cruised past Essen to put themselves one game away from the final. In the league, Ole Werner’s side are fourth and in the race for a promotion playoff position as they look to reach the Bundesliga for the first time in their history.
Dortmund come into this game full of confidence after winning four successive league games to bring them back into Champions League qualification contention. To reach this stage of the cup, the hosts defeated Borussia Monchengladbach in the quarter-final stage, after negotiating past Duisburg, Eintracht Braunschweig and Paderborn in previous rounds.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of the DFB-Pokal semi-final tie between Borussia Dortmund and Holstein Kiel.