UEFA Champions League runners-up Borussia Dortmund were made to sweat by fourth-tier SV Wilhelmshaven on Saturday, before scoring three goals in the last 19 minutes to win 3-0 and reach the second round of the DFB Pokal.
The 2011-2012 Cup winners dominated the match, as expected, but were up against a populous Wilhelmshaven defense and a superb goalkeeper in Aaron Siegl.
Dortmund’s Marco Reus, as well as Robert Lewandowski, Nuri Sahin and new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, all failed to beat Siegl repeatedly, before Kevin Grosskreutz finally broke the deadlock in the 71st minute with a low drive.
Substitute Marvin Ducksch added another seven minutes from time to settle the visitors’ nerves and Lewandowski, who vented his anger at Borussia bosses for blocking his transfer to treble winners Bayern Munich in a midweek interview, snatched his first goal of the season in the final minute.
“Obviously, this was no outstanding football match,” Borussia Dortmund coach Juergen Klopp told reporters. “It is clear we have to make much more out of our chances, but we stuck in there, scored three good goals and are through to the next round.”
Bayer 04 Leverkusen had a much easier time, crushing SV Lippstadt 08 6-1, with two goals apiece from Sidney Sam and Stefan Kiessling.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim thrashed SG Aumund-Vegesack 9-0, while fellow Bundesliga club FSV Mainz 05 needed an 87th-minute goal from striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to edge 2-1 past SC Fortuna Cologne.
VfL Wolfsburg beat second-tier Karlsruher SC 3-1, but SC Freiburg needed two goals in extra-time against fourth-tier TSG Neustrelitz for a 2-0 win after a goalless 90 minutes.
Holders Bayern Munich are in action today against fourth-tier BSV Schwarz-Weiss Rehden.