Borussia Dortmund needed Gonzalo Castro’s introduction late in the first half to open the floodgates as the midfielder ignited the scoring spree that saw BVB rout Magdeburg 5-0 at MDCC Arena in the DFB Pokal.
Castro came on for Mahmoud Dahoud (neck injury) in the 41st minute and made his impact 32 seconds later, tapping home Alexander Isak’s header to ignite the five-goal thrashing.
Isak himself scored 68 seconds into the restart, and a penalty goal from Andriy Yarmolenko made it 3-1 for the visitors, before goals from Marc Bartra and Shinji Kagawa sealed the win that will see BVB reach the third round of the cup competition.
The win will see Dortmund break a run of three games without a win, a slump that allowed Bayern Munich to catch up on the top of Bundesliga and put BVB near the bottom of Group H in the Champions League.
Dortmund were apprehensive in attack early in the game but was immediately enlivened upon Castro’s entrance, as the midfielder made the right run to catch Isak’s header and slam the ball home with his first touch of the match.
Isak, making his first start for BvB, then put his name in the scoresheet when he played a give-and-go scheme with Max Philipp to fool three defenders on the left flank before beating Alexander Burnst to the ball and sending it to the opposite side of the empty net.
A handball from Steffen Schafer following Raphael Guerreiro’s cross saw the officials award the visitors a penalty, which Yarmolenko took and sent to the bottom left corner.
With the hosts reeling, Dortmund moved in for the kill and made it 4-0 after Bartra glanced in Kagawa’s cross from just outside the box.
Kagawa then capped a fantastic multiple-pass team move when he duped his marker with fancy footwork with the ball, before unleashing a left-footed effort from close range.