Two minutes off the bench for Borussia Dortmund, Christian Pulisic turned in an assist in the club's German Cup contest vs. Hertha Berlin on Wednesday.

By SI.com Staff
February 08, 2017

Borussia Dortmund is through to the quarterfinals of the German Cup after outlasting Hertha Berlin in penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw.

U.S. men's national team midfielder Christian Pulisic assisted on Marco Reus's equalizer two minutes after entering at halftime, though he also missed his PK in the shootout round. Roman Burki came up big in goal for Dortmund, though, and Salomon Kalou put his decisive blast over the bar, sending Dortmund through 3-2 on penalties.

Dortmund joins Bayern Munich, Hamburg, Arminia Bielefeld, Borussia Monchengladbach, SF Lotte, Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke in the quarterfinals.

SF Lotte, a 3. Liga upstart, advanced in an upset over 1860 Munich only after fans helped shovel snow off the field so the match could go on.

The loss marks the end of the run for Hertha Berlin and U.S. center back John Brooks, who held his own in shutting down Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Instead it was his U.S. counterpart Pulisic who went through and had a hand in his team's fortunes.

After Ousmane Dembele did the heavy lifting and had his own shot rebound to him off the post, he laid it off for Pulisic in the box. The U.S. teenager hit a square ball for Marco Reus in the center of the area, and the German international fired home to bring Dortmund level at 1-1 in the round-of-16 contest.

Hertha Berlin had gone ahead in the first half on Kalou's lovely sliding finish in the 27th minute.

Between Dortmund (Pulisic), Eintracht Frankfurt (Timmy Chandler), Hamburg (Bobby Wood) and Borussia Monchengladbach (Fabian Johnson), there will be a heavy U.S. national team presence in the quarterfinals. Chandler and Johnson both assisted on goals in their side's last-16 wins, while Wood scored in Hamburg's.

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