Borussia Dortmund had to go into extra-time to beat second-tier Paderborn in the DFB Pokal’s Round of 16.
This edition of the DFB Pokal has been full of surprises so far. The German Cup has offered fans the very best football can give with underdogs RW Essen and Holstein-Kiel making it through into the quarter-finals. This Tuesday night, Paderborn almost followed their lead after tieing the game against Dortmund after some late drama.
Borussia Dortmund were suffering to secure the win at the Signal Iduna Park when a last-minute plot twist sent the team into extra-time. As Erling Haaland was celebrating Dortmund’s third goal after a quick counter-attack, Paderborn’s players complained about an illegal challenge at the start of the play.
Consequently, the match referee went to check VAR to see what all the fuzz was about. Tobias Stieler ended up awarding Paderborn a penalty in the last minute of the match. In fact, Felix Passlack had arrived late to the ball and ended up kicking Schonlau in the leg.
The second tier’s forward Owusu went up to the penalty spot as Dortmund got the confirmation that they would have to play another 30 minutes to make it through in the DFB Pokal.
Nevertheless, Erling Haaland stepped up for Dortmund once again in the first half of extra-time. The 20-year-old striker put the Yellow and Blacks in the German Cup’s quarter-finals on another counter-attack in the 95th minute.