BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus scored on his comeback after a seven-month injury break and teenager Jude Bellingham was also on target on his debut as they crushed 10-man third-tier side Duisburg 5-0 in the German Cup first round on Monday.
Dortmund all but secured a second-round spot in the first half with Jadon Sancho converting a 14th minute penalty for the opener and 17-year-old Bellingham, who joined from Birmingham City in the close season, doubling the lead in the 30th.
Thorgan Hazard and Giovanni Reyna netted free kicks either side of the break, with the hosts down to 10 men following a red card for Dominic Volkmer in the 38th for a last-man foul.
Reus, who had been sidelined since February with a nagging groin injury and had repeatedly delayed his comeback, then scored seconds after coming on in the 58th.
Just 300 fans were allowed to attend the game due to coronavirus precautions.
Earlier, Dynamo Dresden defeated Hamburg SV 4-1 in front of an official tally of 10,053 fans for the biggest attendance at a German football game since the restrictions began in March.
Yannick Stark scored in the third minute for Dresden’s earliest ever German Cup goal, and Robin Becker and Christoph Daferner added two more.
Amadou Onana scored late for Hamburg, but Sebastian Mai replied with a penalty in injury time for Dresden, sending the former East German champion into the second round.
Schalke 04’s tie against Schweinfurt was postponed after a court ruled the fourth tier side should not be in the competition.
Published in Dawn, September 16th, 2020