Borussia Dortmund 5-0 Holstein Kiel: Erling Haaland’s absence shrugged as hosts reached the cup final

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Borussia Dortmund 5-0 Holstein Kiel: Erling Haaland was not missed as the hosts scored all their goals in the first half to reach the German Cup final in a match where teens Gio Reyna and Jude Bellingham starred for Edin Terzic’s men

  • Erling Haaland had to sit out the game because of a ‘slight muscle problem’
  • Borussia Dortmund started to dominate Holstein Kiel in Signal Iduna Park early on
  • Gio Reyna scored the first two goals before Marco Reus added the third
  • Thorgan Hazard made it 4-0 before Jude Bellingham completed the score
  • Dortmund faces RB Leipzig in the final after beating Werder Bremen

Borussia Dortmund struck four times in 16 first half minutes, including a double by Giovanni Reyna, when they crushed Holstein Kiel 5-0 on Saturday to reach the German Cup final, where they will face RB Leipzig next month.

Top scorer Erling Haaland was sidelined with a muscle injury, but his power was hardly missed when Dortmund came into action after 16 minutes, with Reyna finding just enough room in the penalty area to shoot a shot into the back of the net.

The American then tapped in a second goal from close range after good work and a backflick from Marco Reus and Raphael Guerreiro seven minutes later, before captain Reus got himself on the score sheet in the 26th minute.

Erling Haaland watched with teammates Mahmoud Dahoud (C) and Dan-Axel Zagadou (R)

Erling Haaland watched with teammates Mahmoud Dahoud (C) and Dan-Axel Zagadou (R)

Gio Reyna was in sparkling form, winning Borussia Dortmund's first two goals early on

Gio Reyna was in sparkling form, winning Borussia Dortmund's first two goals early on

Gio Reyna was in sparkling form, winning Borussia Dortmund’s first two goals early on

Marco Reus then got himself on the scoresheet after playing a key role in Reyna's second goal

Marco Reus then got himself on the scoresheet after playing a key role in Reyna's second goal

Marco Reus then got himself on the scoresheet after playing a key role in Reyna’s second goal

Thorgan Hazard fired their fourth in the 32nd minute when the hapless Holstein, who knocked out Bayern Munich in the second round, was clearly out of match training after coming back from 28 days of quarantine late last month.

“We were very efficient for goal today and we are happy to have reached the final,” said Reus. ‘What we want is to qualify for the Champions League and bring the cup to Dortmund.

“We can’t stop working now and we’ll see what we can achieve,” he said.

Dortmund will also take second place in the league against Leipzig next week, as they compete for a top-four finish and a spot in next season’s Champions League.

Thorgan Hazard made it 4-0 when Dortmund underscored their status as heavy favorites in the game

Thorgan Hazard made it 4-0 when Dortmund underscored their status as heavy favorites in the game

Thorgan Hazard made it 4-0 when Dortmund underscored their status as heavy favorites in the game

Jude Bellingham then closed the score late in the first half with a 20-yard strike

Jude Bellingham then closed the score late in the first half with a 20-yard strike

Jude Bellingham then closed the score late in the first half with a 20-yard strike

Jude Bellingham’s deflected effort in the 42nd minute made it 5-0 and gave Dortmund coach Edin Terzic the chance to win his first silverware before making way for Marco Rose next season.

But there was bad news when their Spanish defender Mateu Morey took off on a stretcher in the second half with what appeared to be a serious knee injury after twisting him toward the ball in a sprint and his scream could be heard over the empty stands.

“It was a perfect night until then,” Terzic said. ‘We saw what happened and heard his reactions, just awful. Now we just wish him the best. He’s going to the hospital. ‘

Dortmund, who last won the cup in 2017, will take on Leipzig in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin on 13 May, which eliminated Werder Bremen in extra time on Friday.

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