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DFB Pokal: Borussia to face Rot-Weiss Essen

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Borussia will travel to Rot-Weiss Essen in the opening round of the 2017/18 DFB Pokal.

Regionalliga side Rot-Weiss Essen will host Gladbach in the first round of next season’s DFB Pokal. Sebastian Kehl made the draw on Sunday evening under the watchful eye of DFB President Reinhard Grindel. Essen are currently managed by Sven Demandt, who was in charge of Borussia’s U23s between 2010 and 2015.

The sides have faced off 22 times in all competitions, however, they haven’t met since 1981/82. Gladbach ran out 4-0 winners in the last 16 of the cup on that occasion. They also claimed a 4-0 triumph over Essen in the second round of the 1979/80 edition of the competition.

The tie will be played between 11th-14th August, with exact scheduling to be confirmed in due course.



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