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Witsel saves Dortmund from humiliating German Cup exit with 95th-minute volley on debut

Borussia Dortmund needed a last-gasp goal from captain Marco Reus to move into the next round of the DFB-Pokal.

AXEL WITSEL NETTED a 95th-minute equaliser on his debut and captain Marco Reus struck a 120th-minute, extra-time winner as Borussia Dortmund scrambled into the second round of the DFB-Pokal.

Penalties were looming in Monday’s tie between second-tier side Greuther Furth and Bundesliga giants Dortmund until Reus slammed home a low right-wing cross from Jadon Sancho to ensure Lucien Favre’s men progressed with a 2-1 victory after extra time.

In what was also manager Favre’s first game with the club, Dortmund fell behind in the 77th minute with Sebastian Ernst on target for the hosts, but the top-tier side dramatically forced extra-time.

Axel Witsel’s first goal for the club came in the 95th minute, the Belgium midfielder volleying sublimely home from close range as Dortmund left it late to level.

And Reus came up with the decisive goal to break Greuther Furth hearts and prevent Dortmund from following holders Eintracht Frankfurt out.

- Omni

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