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August 18, 2013 9:00 PM IST
Signal-Iduna-Park — Dortmund
Referee:‬ P. Sippel‎
Attendance:‬ 80200‎
 
Kevin Kratz 89′
86′ (PG) Marco Reus
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Borussia Dortmund 2-1 Eintracht Braunschweig

Goal rates the players on show as Jurgen Klopp's men top the Bundesliga with a hard-fought win over the newly-promoted side

By Martin Macdonald

  • Roman Weidenfeller
    0
    0
    2.50

    Roman Weidenfeller

    Had time to balance his chequebook as he had absolutely nothing to do for the majority of the match. Comfortably made the odd save and could do nothing to stop Lewandowski's own goal.

  • Mats Hummels
    0
    1
    2.50

    Mats Hummels

    Showed a turn of pace at just the right moments to nullify the threat of the speedy Jackson. Grabbed an assist with a sensational returned one-two to Hofmann which split the opposition defence.

  • Sokratis Papastathopoulos
    0
    0
    2.50

    Sokratis Papastathopoulos

    Made an outstanding block in the first half to deny a certain goal and stopped Simeon Jackson getting through on goal with a well-timed slid interception. Looked solid and extremely dependable.

  • Marcel Schmelzer
    0
    0
    2.50

    Marcel Schmelzer

    As always, displayed dynamism in his overlapping runs down the left-hand side, but his eventual crosses into the box for Lewandowski and co. could have been better.

  • Sven Bender
    0
    0
    2.50

    Sven Bender

    Stripped some paint of the left-hand post with a rasper of a strike from 25 yards out. As the game went on he began to exert his authority and run the game from deeper areas. Was always available for the pass inside.

  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan
    0
    0
    2.00

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan

    Looks to have struck up a nice partnership with Lewandowski but his affect on the game was largely limited to speculative efforts on goal from the outside of the box. A decent debut in the Bundesliga from the Armenian.

  • Jakub Blaszczykowski
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jakub Blaszczykowski

    Showed plenty of endeavour down the right-hand side but his final pass wasn't always up to scratch. Was eventually replaced by Reus, who changes the game.

  • Nuri Sahin
    0
    0
    2.00

    Nuri Sahin

    Almost broke the deadlock in the first half with a wicked free kick that went just the wrong side of the crossbar. Had a few long-range attempts that were never bothering the opposition goalkeeper.

  • Kevin Großkreutz
    0
    0
    2.50

    Kevin Großkreutz

    Almost cost a goal in the first period with a lackadaisical pass along the box but recovered his concentration as the game progressed. Should have showed more attacking ambition, though.

  • Robert Lewandowski
    0
    0
    2.00

    Robert Lewandowski

    Decision-making was not his usual best as he surrendered possession a few times. His hold-up play was much better as he continually introduced midfield runners into the game. However, squandered a golden opportunity from just a few yards out. Saw the ball unluckily bounce off his head for an own goal.

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
    0
    0
    2.00

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Has gelled well with the Dortmund frontline and his pace was always a threat whether it was on the left or right wing. However, tried a few tricks too many and blazed a superb chance over the bar at the back post.

Substitutions

  • Jonas Hofmann
    1
    0
    4.00

    Jonas Hofmann Top of the Match

    Showed an incredible youthful exuberance after his introduction which Braunschweig simply couldn't handle. Opened the scoring by capping off a nice move with a smart finish and won the penalty with a bursting run into the box.

  • Marco Reus
    1
    0
    3.00

    Marco Reus

    Came on with thirty minutes to go and changed the game for Dortmund. Played in between the lines which caused major trouble for Braunschweig and grabbed the winning goal with a well-taken penalty.

  • Daniel Davari
    2
    0
    3.00

    Daniel Davari

    Made a couple of superb saves in the first half and denied Blaszczykowski when the Pole looked to be through on goal. Continued his form in the second half and could do nothing to prevent either goal.

  • Ermin Bicakcic
    0
    0
    1.50

    Ermin Bicakcic Flop of the Match

    Was extremely lucky not to receive a booking for an over-zealous challenge on Aubameyang and then a barge on Mkhitaryan. Fatigue eventually showed as he gave away the penalty with a tired sliding challenge on Hofmann.

  • Ken Reichel
    0
    0
    2.50

    Ken Reichel

    Had his hands full with Aubameyang and eventually Reus galloping at him down the right but done his best to show them inside. However, did struggle with the movement of the German in the latter stages.

  • Marcel Correia
    0
    0
    3.00

    Marcel Correia

    Was a rock at the back for the majority of the match. Was always in the correct position to just intercept through passes and kept Lewandowski at bay with his close marking. Unlucky to be on the losing side.

  • Jan Hochscheidt
    0
    0
    2.00

    Jan Hochscheidt

    Put some quality crosses into the box in the first half with no takers among his team-mates. However, like the rest of the team he retreated into his own half as the game went on.

  • Omar Elabdellaoui
    0
    0
    2.50

    Omar Elabdellaoui

    Took the pressure off his team-mates on a number of occasions by bursting out of his own half to take possession up the park.

  • Norman Theuerkauf
    0
    0
    2.50

    Norman Theuerkauf

    Came within inches of giving his side an unlikely lead in the first half when his unorthodox volley went just wide of the right-hand post. Earned a booking for a cyincal tug on Sahin.

  • Kevin Kratz
    0
    0
    3.00

    Kevin Kratz

    Attempted to be the creative influence in midfield but spent a lot of of the match in his own half to make a real impact. Displayed a cool head in possession but couldn't find any decisive passes.

  • Marco Caligiuri
    0
    0
    2.50

    Marco Caligiuri

    Was tactically aware all throughout the match as he screened the area in front of his defence. Didn't show much attacking ambition but nicked out passes when he could.

  • K. Jackson
    0
    0
    2.50

    K. Jackson

    Was the only real attacking threat present for the visitors. Didn't get a meaningful shot on goal but was always buzzing around the penalty area and his pace caused problems for Hummels and Sokratis at times.

  • Dennis Kruppke
    0
    0
    3.00

    Dennis Kruppke

    Looked to take the pressure off his side by taking the ball on runs down the right but found himself outnumbered the majority of the time. Did a good defensive shift however and helped out Elabdellaoui.

Substitutions

  • Mirko Boland
    0
    0
    2.00

    Mirko Boland

    Attempted a shot that went wayward from the right-hand side of the box.

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
FC Bayern München
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