Gio Reyna entered Saturday with only one goal for Borussia Dortmund in 2021; in just 22 minutes, the U.S. men’s national team phenom scored two in a 5-0 DFB-Pokal semifinal win against Holstein Kiel.
Despite star forward Erling Haaland being out with a muscle injury, Dortmund became the first team in DFB-Pokal history to score five goals in the first half of a semifinal, the first two coming via Reyna.
The 18-year-old started the scoring in the 16th minute when he received a pass from Jadon Sancho at the edge of a crowded penalty area. Reyna stepped to his right and curled in a low shot for the opening goal.
Six minutes later, the winger had his first career double when he tapped in a wide-open chance following Raphaël Guerreiro’s deflected back-heeled pass. But Reyna didn’t get his chance at a hat trick after he was subbed off at halftime.
Although it came against a second-division German club, albeit one that defeated a strong Bayern Munich side on penalties in the cup’s second round, the double gives Reyna seven goals on the season.
Dortmund will face RB Leipzig in the DFB-Pokal final following the club’s thrilling last-second, extra-time winner against Werder Bremen on Friday. The final will pit Reyna against another U.S. international in Leipzig’s Tyler Adams.
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