Borussia Dortmund vs FC Ingolstadt 04 – Football Match Report – October 26, 2021
Borussia Dortmund substitute Thorgan Hazard scored twice to guide the German Cup holders to a 2-0 home win over Ingolstadt on Tuesday as they entered the third round.
The Belgian broke the deadlock with a crafty strike from a pass from Julian Brandt in the 72nd minute just after coming on as Dortmund struggled against the last club in the Second Division.
Another Brandt cross found Hazard at the far post nine minutes later and he inserted the ball again at home to secure their spot in the next round of the competition.
In a lackluster first half, Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham had his best chance when the England international hit the crossbar with a superb shot from outside the box.
There wasn’t much else to note in terms of attacking, with striker Erling Haaland coming out with a hip flexor injury and Dortmund coach Marco Rose initially choosing to rest several of its key players, including Hazard and captain Marco Reus.
However, the hosts should have scored seven minutes after the restart when striker Steffen Tigges somehow sent his header against the crossbar three meters before Reus and Hazard were brought in to liven up their attacking play.
Hazard combined with Reus and Brandt a minute after arriving to put Dortmund in the lead, then made sure there wouldn’t be a Cup upset at Signal Iduna Park with his second goal.
Other Bundesliga clubs Hertha Berlin and RB Leipzig also advanced, beating Preussen Muenster 3-1 and Babelsberg 1-0 respectively.
German champions Bayern Munich are in action Wednesday at Borussia Mönchengladbach.