BERLIN (AP) — Julian Brandt struck twice as Borussia Dortmund came from behind to beat Bundesliga leader Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 in the second round of the German Cup on Wednesday.
Neither side could force a breakthrough until Gladbach striker Marcus Thuram was left free to head in the opener in the 71st minute.
But Brandt equalized with a twice-deflected shot six minutes later, before former Gladbach player Thorgan Hazard crossed for him to head in the winner.
Hazard had earlier struck the crossbar in the closest either side had come to scoring.
There was a bad-tempered end to the game with visiting coach Marco Rose shown a red card for protesting.
Dortmund's win eases the pressure on coach Lucien Favre. The Swiss tactician, who appeared to injure himself while celebrating a goal, was under fire after claiming just two wins in the previous eight games across all competitions.
Also Wednesday, Leipzig routed Wolfsburg 6-1 away, Eintracht Frankfurt beat St. Pauli 2-1, Werder Bremen defeated second-division Heidenheim 4-1, and Fortuna Düsseldorf won 2-1 against second-division Erzgebirge Aue.
Third-division Kaiserslautern and fourth-tier side SC Verl had penalty shootout wins over second-division sides Nuremberg and Holstein Kiel, respectively.
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