Taking KFC Uerdingen seriously, Borussia Dortmund confidently overcame their first cup hurdle, without shining, nor encountering any problems during the match against their lower-league opponents. After the match, Borussia left the stage to their former player Kevin Grosskreutz, who was acclaimed by the whole stadium.
“We can be proud of what we achieved. We played a super match, putting in a top performance with fighting quality and strong running. In the end, Borussia Dortmund deserved to win, "said the 31-year-old BVB fan in the KFC shirt after a special, “very emotional evening ". As the teams came out, he held a child by the hand - and his two-and-a-half-year-old daughter Leonie in his arms. Grosskreutz, who was loudly acclaimed by 32,110 fans went on a lap of honour with her after the final whistle and later went live in front of the camera with former teammate Marco Reus on BVB TV.
"Everybody rose to their feet to applaud him"
"It was great to see former teammates, the fans, the whole club," said Grosskreutz, who cleared Lukasz Piszczek's header off the line in the opening minutes with his goalkeeper beaten. Grosskreutz tracked up and down the right touchline for the whole 90 minutes, first in defence as a right-back before moving forward later in the game. “It was a special evening for Kevin. After playing for a club for so long, you can imagine how you feel, "said Marco Reus." Everybody rose to their feet to applaud him. He deserves this because for years he put his body on the line and is a genuine Dortmund boy."
Lukasz Piszczek was also happy about the reunion: "It's always nice to see him again. We have known each other for ten years. He is always funny and is a Dortmund boy. The fans paid tribute to him. That's how it should be when you come from Dortmund and have played for Borussia for so long. "
"Now you have to win the cup too"
Following KFC Uerdingen’s defeat, the 2011 and 2012 Bundesliga champion wished his former teammates - four were on the pitch in the shape of Piszczek, Reus, Mats Hummels and Mario Götze – much success in the coming rounds: "Now that we are out, you have to win the cup too! "
He paid tribute "again to all Borussia Dortmund fans. That was sensational. I will always be one of you!"