Dortmund Secures 1-0 Win in German Cup; Leverkusen, Freiburg Play
Borussia Dortmund secured a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Hoffenheim in the German Cup second round, courtesy of a well-taken first-half goal by Marco Reus. Despite an engaging first half characterized by several scoring opportunities for both sides, it was Dortmund who capitalized on an opportunity just before the break. Jamie Bynoe-Gittens orchestrated a precise delivery to Reus, who expertly guided the ball into the top corner with a powerful curling strike.
The game took a turn in Hoffenheim's favor when Ozan Kabak received a second booking in second-half stoppage time, leaving the visitors with 10 men and dampening their chances of a comeback.
Dortmund's triumph marked their third consecutive German Cup victory against Hoffenheim, further solidifying their dominance in head-to-head encounters.
In other matches, Bundesliga leaders Bayer Leverkusen secured a convincing 5-2 victory at Sandhausen, showcasing their formidable form in the competition. Meanwhile, Bundesliga club Freiburg suffered a disappointing exit from the tournament, succumbing to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of second-tier Paderborn.
The day's action also awaited the much-anticipated fixture featuring Bayern Munich, set to take on third-tier Saarbruecken later in the evening, promising an engaging contest to conclude the German Cup's second-round fixtures.