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November 3, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
Signal-Iduna-Park — Dortmund
Referee:‬ F. Zwayer‎
Attendance:‬ 80645‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Stuttgart

Goal.com was on hand to cast a critical eye over events at Signal Iduna Park as the defending champions labored to another disappointing Bundesliga result

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Roman Weidenfeller
    4
    0
    3.00

    Roman Weidenfeller

    Had a good save at his near post to deny Stuttgart and made no mistakes of the routine tasks asked of him.

  • Neven Subotic
    3
    1
    2.50

    Neven Subotic Flop of the Match

    Strong when defending crosses and goalkicks in the air, but the movement of Stuttgart pulled him out of position too often. A little slow to step forward on one or two offside traps executed by the Dortmund defence.

  • Mats Hummels
    4
    1
    3.00

    Mats Hummels

    Dealt with whatever Stuttgart could throw his way in his usual composed manner. Almost scored in the first half from a corner, but a reflex save from Ulreich and a goalline block from Boka denied him.

  • Lukasz Piszczek
    5
    0
    3.00

    Lukasz Piszczek

    Despite Dortmund remaining camped in the Stuttgart half for large periods of the first half, Piszczek rarely made much headway down the flanks. Came out of his shell somewhat after the beak as he got more involved in play, giving the hosts a little more to work with.

  • Marcel Schmelzer
    3
    0
    3.50

    Marcel Schmelzer

    Acquitted himself very well in defense, dropping deep to counter the pace of Traore. Looked like getting beat one or two times, but through his own good work or his teammates’ help, came out unscathed. Gave his team a good option offensively during the closing stages.

  • Sebastian Kehl
    3
    0
    3.00

    Sebastian Kehl

    Lasted only 17 minutes before an aerial duel with Holzhauser left him worse for wear, and forced him to depart the match.

  • Ilkay Gündogan
    3
    1
    3.00

    Ilkay Gündogan

    Very difficult to pick up when bringing the ball forward from deep positions. His ability to beat the first man in midfield often opened up a lot of space in the attacking third, space which Dortmund did not often capitalize on.

  • Mario Götze
    4
    1
    3.00

    Mario Götze

    Plenty of intelligent touches in the offensive third of the field, as he proved an effective link between the midfield and the forwards. Despite his trickery and poise on the ball though, his teammates were not often able to free themselves to make the most of his endeavour.

  • Marco Reus
    2
    3
    2.50

    Marco Reus

    Relatively subdued game from Reus, who was marshalled expertly by Boka and made to work hard to get a sniff of the ball. At his best with space to run into, but that was a precious commodity against a stingy Stuttgart defence.

  • Kevin Großkreutz
    2
    2
    2.50

    Kevin Großkreutz

    A recurring theme for Grosskreutz, as though he tracked back well and did a good job of helping his defense, the quality in attack simply wasn’t there. Never looked capable of conjuring up a decisive attacking play.

  • Robert Lewandowski
    6
    0
    2.50

    Robert Lewandowski

    Starved of space and in truth, service for the majority of the match. Stuttgart often chose to send two men at him whenever he received the ball around the box, so clear sights on goal remained largely elusive for him.

Substitutions

  • Moritz Leitner
    4
    1
    3.00

    Moritz Leitner

    Replaced the injured Kehl relatively early in the first half and gave a disciplined display, keeping possession well while showing a willingness to get back and help in defence.

  • Julian Schieber
    1
    4
    3.00

    Julian Schieber

    Got into dangerous positions as Dortmund laid siege to the visitors' goal in the latter stages of the game.

  • Sven Ulreich
    2
    0
    3.50

    Sven Ulreich

    A clutch reflex stop prevented Hummels from scoring what looked like a certain goal, and he was confident between the posts for the home side.

  • Gotoku Sakai
    3
    1
    2.50

    Gotoku Sakai

    Took a safety first approach to defending, booting the ball away from goal at any sign of danger. Sloppy in the second half as a few Dortmund plays were able to bypass him. Did not get forward much.

  • Serdar Tasci
    2
    2
    3.00

    Serdar Tasci

    Like the rest of the Stuttgart defence, Tasci's effort could not be faulted. As Dortmund attacked more and more as time wound down, he held firm, blocking and clearing anything that fell his way.

  • Georg Niedermeier
    2
    0
    3.00

    Georg Niedermeier

    Performed admirably in Stuttgart’s deep defensive line, and snuffed out a few potentially devastating moments with a last-ditch tackle or block. Did a good job of doubling up on Lewandowski alongside Tasci to deny the Polish striker much space.

  • Arthur Boka
    2
    1
    3.00

    Arthur Boka

    Put in a hardworking shift on the left side of the visitors' defence, as he ran his socks off to deny Reus time and space on the ball for most of the game. Saved his team with a goalline block on what looked like a surefire goal for Hummels in the first half.

  • William Kvist Jörgensen
    1
    0
    3.00

    William Kvist Jörgensen

    Gave a good display of his credentials as one of the better defensive midfielders in the league. Harried the Dortmund players whenever they were on the ball and when the need was there, he dropped back into defence to provide a further cog in the backline.

  • Ibrahima Traore
    3
    0
    4.00

    Ibrahima Traore Top of the Match

    Gave his team a direct outlet on the wings with his pace, and was able to relieve pressure on his defence on occasion by breaking with the ball. Dortmund were almost caught out once or twice by his ability to get to the byline.

  • Christian Gentner
    2
    1
    3.00

    Christian Gentner

    His composure in possession was a vital part in the visitors' offensive efforts. He was able to facilitate them when counterattacking, and often released Traore with a few quick passes.

  • Raphael Holzhauser
    2
    1
    2.50

    Raphael Holzhauser

    Certainly not afraid to put himself about, as he used every inch of his imposing frame to harry Dortmund in midfield. He went too far on one occasion though, with an ugly elbow on Kehl that necessitated the midfielder's withdrawal and saw him in turn lucky to escape with only a yellow.

  • Martin Harnik
    3
    0
    2.00

    Martin Harnik

    While Traore was the direct option on the left, Harnik focused more on retaining possession on the opposite flank. His team could have used a lot more thrust from him though, as his conservative play was often a hindrance.

  • Vedad Ibisevic
    2
    1
    2.50

    Vedad Ibisevic

    A good job holding up play agaisnt Subotic, and provided some good service to his teammates with his back to goal. His own killer instinct was not on display though, as he fluffed the few chances that fell his way.

Substitutions

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Borussia Dortmund
18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
Bayern Munich
18 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Marco Reus Marco Reus
Midfielder
Borussia Dortmund
15 5