Donyell Malen Impresses As Borussia Dortmund Dominate 1860 Munich in DFB Pokal Opening Round Fixture

Donyell Malen Impresses As Borussia Dortmund Dominate 1860 Munich in DFB Pokal Opening Round Fixture

  • Donyell Malen was involved in all three goals for Borussia Dortmund as they beat 1860 Munich
  • 1860 Munich play in the third division of German football and were underdogs going into the clash
  • Borussia Dortmund marched on to the next round of the DFB-Pokal after beating 1860 Munich

Borussia Dortmund started their DFB-Pokal campaign on a strong note when they beat 1860 Munich in a first-round tie.

Dortmund were favourites going into the game and dominated the first 45 minutes against their opponents.

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Borussia Dortmund picked up a good win in the DFB-Pokal as they beat 1860 Munich. Image: Matthias Balk/ Harry Langer
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1860, who play in the third division of German football, knew they were in for a tough ask, but didn’t expect to find themselves behind after eight minutes.

Donyell Malen burst down the left flank and unleashed a low effort which hit the inside of one post, rolled across to hit the inside of the other post, and eventually rolled into the back of the net.

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Malen’s other attacking partners, Youssoufa Moukoko and Karim Adeyemi also had attempts on goal but couldn’t do much with it. Dortmund’s constant pressure was rewarded at the half-hour mark when Jude Bellingham tapped into an empty net.

Malen combined well with Marco Reus on the edge of the box to create an overlap, with Reus squaring the ball across the box for Bellingham to score. Adeyemi then made it three five minutes later when his low curled effort squeezed past keeper, Marco Hiller.

Hiller got down low to save the attempt but the ball through his grip and found the back of the net. Dortmund took a three-goal lead into the break, with Malen ever impressive.

Malen has a hand in all three of Dortmund's goals.

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Dortmund started the second half by pinning 1860 on the edge of their own box. The Bundesliga side pushed hard for a fourth goal and came close when Mahmoud Dahoud and Thomas Meunier both had long-range efforts beaten away by Hiller.

Hiller was the only thing stopping 1860 from suffering a heavier defeat, as the keeper pulled off more than one save in the latter part of the second half.

Thankfully for Hiller, the score remained at just three as Dortmund picked up a good win.

DFB Pokal: All the information you need to know about Germany's prestigious cup competition

The DFB-Pokal (or German Cup) is the second most prestigious tournament in German football, with the Bundesliga being the top prize. The tournament is equivalent to England’s FA Cup.

64 teams compete for the trophy, with 36 of these teams coming from the Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 (2. Bundesliga). The top four finishers of Bundesliga 3 (3. Liga) also gain entry into the tournament, with 21 entries coming from the cup winners of regional football associations.

The three remaining slots are then filled by the three regional associations with the most men's teams.