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November 9, 2013 8:00 PM IST
VOLKSWAGEN ARENA — Wolfsburg
Referee:‬ J. Drees‎
Attendance:‬ 30000‎
 
Marco Reus 45+2′
69′ Ivica Olic
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Wolfsburg 2-1 Borussia Dortmund

A Ricardo Rodriguez free kick and a wondrous winner from Ivica Olic sealed the victory against a side for whom central midfield proved a problem area

By Simon Harrison

  • Diego Benaglio
    2
    0
    3.00

    Diego Benaglio

    Could do nothing about Reus' opening goal, and carried out his tasks efficiently, willing to come off his line to aid his defence whenever possible.

  • Patrick Ochs
    1
    0
    3.00

    Patrick Ochs

    Covered excellently in the second half to deny the pacey likes of Aubameyang and Reus, while also getting forward to test Schmelzer.

  • Naldo
    1
    1
    2.50

    Naldo

    Competed well in the physical battle with Lewandowski, but was unable to prevent the Poland international from seeing plenty of the ball.

  • Robin Knoche
    2
    1
    3.50

    Robin Knoche Top of the Match

    Made two important blocks to deny Mkhitaryan, and was a solid presence at the heart of the Wolfsburg defence.

  • Ricardo Rodriguez
    2
    0
    3.50

    Ricardo Rodriguez

    Fortunate to convert his free-kick, as it was an intended cross as opposed to a good finish. Provided Perisic with plenty of service and was solid against Aubameyang despite his lack of pace.

  • Slobodan Medojevic
    2
    1
    3.50

    Slobodan Medojevic

    A good engine in midfield, as the youngster would often find himself scrapping on the edge of the Wolfsburg box, before later arriving on the edge of the Dortmund area to try his luck at goal.

  • Daniel Caligiuri
    1
    1
    2.50

    Daniel Caligiuri

    Reasonable ineffectual, as Schmelzer stood up rather well to the efforts of the German midfielder. Worked hard and chased lost causes.

  • Ivan Perisic
    6
    0
    3.00

    Ivan Perisic

    The former Dortmund man certainly came back to haunt his old employers, delivering a few good crosses from the left and constantly keen to use a piece of skill to beat his man.

  • Luiz Gustavo
    4
    0
    2.50

    Luiz Gustavo

    Was a scrappy physical presence, as can be expected from the Brazilian, but didn't do too much in terms of shaping the game. Broke up play well.

  • Maximilian Arnold
    2
    0
    3.00

    Maximilian Arnold

    Caused a few problems in the later stages, finding pockets of space around the edge of the Dortmund box, and worked incredibly hard to pressure from the front.

  • Ivica Olic
    12
    0
    3.00

    Ivica Olic

    Worked incredibly hard to not give Dortmund's defenders too much time on the ball, and took his goal phenomenally, curling it home from 25 yards to give Weidenfeller no chance.

Substitutions

  • Roman Weidenfeller
    5
    1
    3.00

    Roman Weidenfeller

    A reasonably solid game from the Dortmund goalkeeper, as he made a couple of good saves to keep his side ahead in the first half, and commanded his area well.

  • Neven Subotic
    3
    4
    3.00

    Neven Subotic

    Unfortunate to leave the field early on through injury, but made a couple of important recovering challenges.

  • Mats Hummels
    4
    1
    3.00

    Mats Hummels

    Perhaps fortunate to have not picked up a second yellow card at some points, but the central defender was one of Dortmund's main sources of inspiration.

  • Marcel Schmelzer
    3
    2
    2.50

    Marcel Schmelzer

    Covered well in the second half at times, but offered absolutely nothing offensively whatsoever. Not inventive, but worked hard.

  • Sven Bender
    2
    1
    2.00

    Sven Bender

    An early yellow card prevented the Germany international to breaking up play as he would normally do, and with Wolfsburg keen to get the ball wide he was often bypassed.

  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan
    5
    2
    2.50

    Henrikh Mkhitaryan

    Had a few half chances, but his weight of ball let him down at times. Threaded through some nice passes and looked lively, but only in small glimpses.

  • Nuri Sahin
    3
    1
    2.00

    Nuri Sahin Flop of the Match

    Gave away the free-kick which led to Wolfsburg's first goal, and didn't really get his foot on the ball too often. A rather ineffectual outing.

  • Kevin Großkreutz
    2
    2
    2.50

    Kevin Großkreutz

    Worked hard, as can always be expected, but was given a stern test in the form of Perisic. Didn't often allow the Croatian to get beyond him to the byline, but allowed his former teammate to have too much influence.

  • Marco Reus
    5
    1
    3.00

    Marco Reus

    Took his free-kick excellently and was unfortunate to see another cannon off the crossbar. Got into some good areas but didn't quite get the service.

  • Robert Lewandowski
    3
    2
    2.50

    Robert Lewandowski

    Battled well and worked hard at the top of the Dortmund line-up, but wasn't often allowed to turn. Had a couple of half chances, but was mainly utilised for bringing others into play.

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
    1
    3
    2.50

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    A scrappy performance from the Gabon international, as his pace caused plenty of problems, but his wasting of opportunities was lamentable.

Substitutions

  • Sokratis Papastathopoulos
    1
    1
    3.00

    Sokratis Papastathopoulos

    A solid deputy for Subotic, making a couple of important interceptions to help Dortmund weather the early second half pressure from the hosts.

Results
 
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Position
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Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
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16 2
Stefan Kießling Stefan Kießling
Striker
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15 2