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November 21, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
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Player Ratings: Ajax 1-4 Borussia Dortmund

Goal.com rates the performers on show as the Bundesliga champions sent out a warning to the rest of Europe with a fine away display, with Mario Gotze very much to the fore

By Stefan Coerts

  • Kenneth Vermeer
    2
    17
    1.50

    Kenneth Vermeer

    Vermeer had a frustrating evening as nearly every Dortmund shot in the first half resulted in a goal. Did not make any glaring errors, but will feel he could have done better.

  • Toby Alderweireld
    5
    9
    2.50

    Toby Alderweireld

    Made a crucial interception early in the first half to prevent Gotze from sending Lewandowski clean through on goal, but failed to follow the Polish striker for BVB's third goal.

  • Niklas Moisander
    4
    8
    2.00

    Niklas Moisander

    Moisander allowed Gotze too much space when the forward created Reus' opener. His positioning for Dortmund's fourth was by no means convincing as he lost sight of Lewandowski.

  • Daley Blind
    7
    5
    2.50

    Daley Blind

    Managed to hold his own down the left as he was not tested too much. Always willing to charge forward, but without much success.

  • Ricardo van Rhijn
    2
    7
    2.00

    Ricardo van Rhijn

    Looked dangerous going forward, but came up short in defence. Lost track of Gotze for the second, and was then beaten too easily when given the chance to make amends.

  • Christian Poulsen
    5
    10
    1.50

    Christian Poulsen

    Brought in this summer to add some much-needed experience, but let Ajax down for the opener as Reus escaped his attention.

  • Eyong Enoh
    5
    20
    1.00

    Eyong Enoh Flop of the Match

    Somewhat surprisingly given the nod ahead of Schone, but failed to justify his inclusion. Made far too many fouls, and looked nervous in possession.

  • Christian Eriksen
    48
    7
    3.00

    Christian Eriksen

    Should have pegged one back after the interval but was unable to beat Weidenfeller from close range. Excellent piece of skill to set up his side's consolation.

  • Siem de Jong
    4
    11
    2.00

    Siem de Jong

    Unable to make an impact as he struggled against Subotic and Hummels. Worked hard, but it was not De Jong's evening this time around.

  • Derk Boerrigter
    4
    10
    2.00

    Derk Boerrigter

    Always willing to take on his opponent, but still nowhere near his form of last season. Good ball for Eriksen shortly after the interval.

  • Jody Lukoki
    4
    9
    2.00

    Jody Lukoki

    Lukoki showed courage against Schmelzer, but often came out second best in one-on-one duels. Plenty of pace, but very little end product.

Substitutions

  • Lasse Schöne
    11
    2
    2.50

    Lasse Schöne

    Came on at half-time for the disappointing Poulsen and proved to be a significant improvement.

  • Danny Hoesen
    5
    4
    3.00

    Danny Hoesen

    Introduced when the match was already out of Ajax's reach, but did cap a decent display with his first ever Champions League goal.

  • Viktor Fischer
    18
    5
    2.50

    Viktor Fischer

    Showed glimpses of his immense potential after replacing Boerrigter. Unfortunate not to add his name to the scoresheet.

  • Roman Weidenfeller
    42
    2
    3.00

    Roman Weidenfeller

    Was hardly tested by the Ajax attackers, but remained alert throughout the game. Prevented Eriksen from pegging one back with his good positioning, before saving Fischer's shot in the 78th minute. Could not do much about Hoesen's goal.

  • Neven Subotic
    54
    5
    3.00

    Neven Subotic

    Subotic formed a fine partnership with Hummels at the back as they kept De Jong at bay. Superb interception in the first half to block Boerrigter's shot.

  • Mats Hummels
    71
    6
    4.00

    Mats Hummels

    Solid as a rock in his defensive duties and hardly lost a duel. Capped a fine outing with the assist for Dortmund's second goal.

  • Lukasz Piszczek
    91
    3
    3.00

    Lukasz Piszczek

    Not as offensive as usual as he focused on his defensive duties. Had a few difficult moments but a solid outing overall.

  • Marcel Schmelzer
    45
    6
    3.00

    Marcel Schmelzer

    Fought out some interesting battles with Lukoki, and came out the stronger of the two on the majority of occasions. Relatively quiet going forward.

  • Sven Bender
    49
    3
    3.00

    Sven Bender

    Did a fine job to neutralise De Jong in midfield and showed some neat passing. Replaced in the second half after taking Enoh's elbow to the face.

  • Ilkay Gündogan
    57
    5
    3.00

    Ilkay Gündogan

    Gundogan did not get involved as much as he would have wanted, but still put in a fine display. Always comfortable on the ball and hardly lost possession.

  • Mario Götze
    195
    18
    4.50

    Mario Götze Top of the Match

    The Germany international was simply unstoppable. Set up the opener and then scored the second himself, before playing a key role in Dortmund's third and fourth goal, too.

  • Marco Reus
    122
    6
    3.50

    Marco Reus

    A fine run and finish resulted in the opener. Looked lively throughout the match as he caused the Ajax defence plenty of trouble with his intelligent movement and silky dribbling.

  • Kevin Großkreutz
    40
    11
    3.00

    Kevin Großkreutz

    The least dangerous of Dortmund's attackers, but did what Klopp expects of him. Tireless runner down the wing, and always ready to cover for one of his team-mates.

  • Robert Lewandowski
    160
    5
    3.50

    Robert Lewandowski

    The Poland international played a key role to help BVB to victory. Pounced on a rebound in the first half to make it 3-0 before doubling his personal tally after the interval with a superb finish.

Substitutions

  • Jakub Blaszczykowski
    68
    5
    2.50

    Jakub Blaszczykowski

    Replaced the majestic Gotze for the final 20 minutes of the game without doing anything of note.

  • Ivan Perisic
    35
    8
    2.50

    Ivan Perisic

    Was given 30 minutes to prove his worth but could not do much as Dortmund had already wrapped up the win.

  • Julian Schieber
    23
    13

    Julian Schieber

    N/A

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