Borussia Dortmund needed penalties to see off Hertha Berlin in their DFB Pokal last 16 tie at Signal-Iduna-Park on Wednesday night.
- Borussia Dortmund 1 (3-2 PEN) Hertha BSC 1
- Kalou scores on 27 minutes
- Reus levels on 47 minutes
- Game goes to extra-time
- Dortmund win the shootout as Kalou misses
Salomon Kalou opened the scoring for Hertha on 27 minutes, however, a 47th minute Marco Reus goal leveled matters, with the game forced into extra-time before penalties were needed to separate the two sides.
A number of players missed from the spot, but Dortmund ultimately claimed their place in the quarter-finals as Kalou missed the final kick.
Dortmund took control of possession in this tie from the off.
Marco Reus was lively in the opening exchanges, and John Brooks had to be alert after 10 minutes to dispossess the midfielder after a promising attack from the home side.
Sokratis Papastathopoulos then did well to recover the ball from Vedad Ibisevic, having initially lost possession, and allowing the striker to race forward into a menacing position.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang appealed unsuccessfully in the 16th minute for a penalty after going down under the challenge of Rune Jarstein after latching onto a good Ousmane Dembele through-ball.
Jarstein then had to be at his best, on 20 minutes, to keep out a goal-bound shot from the Gabon striker, who had been set through on his way by a superb pass from Julian Weigl.
Ibisevic had the simplest of chances to give Hertha the lead on 26 minutes but somehow headed over from close range as the ball fell to him after Roman Burki had saved a knocked-down Brooks header from a corner.
But the miss was quickly forgotten as Kalou fired Hertha into the lead a minute later.
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Genki Haraguchi played through Niklas Stark down the right, who put the ball on a plate for the Ivorian, to sweep home from close range.
Dortmund responded with a 32nd minute free-kick, swung in by Reus that was inches away from being converted by Marc Bartra.
Vladimir Darida fired wide as the visitors ended the half strongly, but it took just two second-half minute for Dortmund to find a way back into this tie, as Reus netted.
The ball was played out of the Dortmund defence to Dembele, who smashed a shot onto the Hertha crossbar, before picking up the rebound and feeding Pulisic who in turn laid on for Reus to finish.
Reus then had a 51st minute effort deflected over the crossbar after a jinking run from Dembele before looking for a teammate when he should have shot after a super reverse ball from Eric Durm.
Haraguchi dragged an effort wide before Reus had a second goal ruled out as he was adjudged to have kicked the ball out of the hands of Jarstein as he followed up a saved shot from Aubameyang.
Jarstein then produced an excellent fingertip save to keep out a 30-yard Raphael Guerreiro drive while with eight minutes to play, Dembele somehow sidefooted wide of the goal after being set up by a cross from Reus for the last real action before extra-time.
Both sides appeared to be struggling for fitness as they fought for a place in the quarter-finals of this German Cup, with Durm inches away from breaking the deadlock as he picked up a Dembele pass, only to fizz his effort just wide.
Brooks, who was excellent all evening, stopped Aubameyang and Andre Schurrle from combining with 100 minutes played, ahead of the resumption of play for the second half of extra-time.
Sokratis was then dismissed, in the 119th minute, after first being booked for dissent before picking up a second yellow for continued remonstrations with the referee.
With neither side able to further effect the scoreline, the match went to penalties.
Hertha took first, and Fabian Lustenberger could only hit the crossbar before Dembele buried his kick.
Darida also missed for Hertha with his kick saved, but so did Christian Pulisic before Alexander Esswein and Aubameyang were both successful, along with Sami Allagui.
And while Gonzalo Castro scored, Kalou stepped up but failed to find the target, meaning Dortmund claimed a 3-2 penalty shoot-out win and progression to the quarter-finals of the DFB Pokal.
All the results in full:
Sportfreunde Lotte 2-0 1860 Munich
Sandhausen 1-4 Schalke 04
Borussia Dortmund 1-1 (3-2 PEN) Hertha BSC
Hannover 96 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt