Despite the pre-match comments of their manager, Hertha Berlin showed little fight as they were comfortably beaten 3-0 by Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal semi-final.
- Berlin 0 Dortmund 3
- Castro opens scoring
- Reus makes it two
- Mkhitaryan completes the rout
- Home side unthreatening throughout
Gonzalo Castro opened the scoring in the 21st minute in an otherwise dire first half.
Marco Reus added the second in the 75th minute before Henrikh Mkhitaryan made it 3-0 eight minutes later as Dortmund easily beat Berlin, who were only able to muster a solitary shot on target in the 90 minutes.
It was an incredibly disappointing display from the home side after their head coach Pal Dardai had stated before the match that making final was everything everyone at the club was dreaming about.
They were only able to create three shots and only one of them was accurate as they rolled over and let Dortmund stroll into the DFB-Pokal championship match against FC Bayern München next month.
Castro struck in the 21st minute with practically the only threatening chance created by either side in a dreadful first half of football.
Adrian Ramos had a shot blocked and the rebound fell nicely for the German midfielder on the edge of the box to blast the ball into the top corner.
BVB had control of possession throughout the game and after they went 1-0 they seemed more than content to pass the ball around patiently waiting for a gap, which to the credit of Berlin’s defence never really materialised, making a dull spectacle for fans.
The action picked up around the 70 minute mark as Dortmund sought a goal to kill off the game with both Ramos and Mkhitaryan going close within two minutes of each other.
The visitors would find their goal eight minutes later when Shinji Kagawa squared the ball for Reus, who finished emphatically to make it 2-0.
Reus turned provider in the 85th minute after putting the ball on a platter for Mkhitaryan, who tapped in the simplest of finishes to round out an easy 3-0 win for Dortmund.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) April 20, 2016