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April 14, 2012 7:00 PM IST
Veltins-Arena — Gelsenkirchen
Referee:‬ M. Gräfe‎
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Player Ratings: Schalke 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

Goal.com assesses the players on show as the visitors won the Ruhr derby and inched closer to claiming their second consecutive Bundesliga title

By Clark Whitney

  • Lars Unnerstall
    0
    0
    2.50

    Lars Unnerstall

    Beaten by two unstoppable finishes, but dealt well with any negotiable danger that came his way. Made an excellent one-on-one save from Bender, and forced a few good chances around the post.

  • Kyriakos Papadopoulos
    0
    0
    2.50

    Kyriakos Papadopoulos

    Guilty of one loose pass, but otherwise played well. The Greek was a monster in the air and perhaps ought to have played a hand in a goal for the hosts. At the back, he kept Lewandowski in check.

  • Christoph Metzelder
    1
    0
    1.50

    Christoph Metzelder Flop of the Match

    Played well for an hour, but gave his former club a gift as he put the ball on Kehl's feet ahead of the BVB man's go-ahead strike. Recovered after, but his lasting impression will be his major error.

  • Atsuto Uchida
    0
    0
    2.00

    Atsuto Uchida

    The right-back had a chance to prove his quality on the big stage today, but left much to be desired. An understated 86 minutes from the Japan international, who was overshadowed by Fuchs.

  • Christian Fuchs
    0
    0
    3.00

    Christian Fuchs

    The sheer number of set plays Schalke won suited the Austrian, whose delivery was typically flawless. Did enough to contend with very physical opposition, as well.

  • Jermaine Jones
    0
    0
    2.50

    Jermaine Jones

    The large gaps that so often were found in midfield gave him the perfect chance to make surging runs, and the USA international created all sorts of trouble for the visitors as he used his power to set up play from deep. Showed his Hyde side late as he committed a disgraceful foul on Grosskreutz.

  • Jefferson Agustin Farfán
    2
    0
    3.00

    Jefferson Agustin Farfán

    Benefited from a little luck with a deflection, but nonetheless showed excellent technique to volley in the opener. Not exactly the most industrious player on the pitch, but he showed his class at times.

  • Christoph Moritz
    0
    0
    2.00

    Christoph Moritz

    Perhaps somewhat of a surprise inclusion from the start, the 22-year-old played a rather quiet 68 minutes. With his side needing more inspiration from the midfield, he was withdrawn for the final quarter.

  • Julian Draxler
    0
    0
    3.00

    Julian Draxler

    Made a good run or two, but was a provider: never himself a direct threat on goal. Withdrawn in favour of the more striker-like Pukki for the final 19 minutes.

  • Raúl
    1
    0
    2.50

    Raúl

    Struggled for not the first time in the Ruhr derby. Unable to find his way into the midfield game, which hindered his play in the final third.

  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar
    1
    0
    2.00

    Klaas-Jan Huntelaar

    Nowhere near his clinical best, by far. Had a free header miss wide shortly before the break, and then volleyed a mile over the bar on 54 minutes. Missed another great opportunity with a quarter-hour left to play.

Substitutions

  • Marco Höger
    0
    0
    0.00

    Marco Höger

    Came on for Moritz to aid in the Schalke passing game. Strong in the tackle and clean with his passing: he helped significantly as the hosts looked to increase their share of the possession.

  • Ciprian Marica
    0
    0
    0.00

    Ciprian Marica

    A late substitute, unable to turn the result in his limited time on the pitch.

  • Teemu Pukki
    0
    0
    0.00

    Teemu Pukki

    Replaced Draxler to add some incision in the attack, but struggled to make any impact whatsoever. A disappointing, if brief, performance from the Finnish striker.

  • Roman Weidenfeller
    3
    0
    3.50

    Roman Weidenfeller

    There was no shortage of pressure from Schalke, yet the 31-year-old ultimately had little to do. Made one excellent stop as Draxler played a low cross.

  • Mats Hummels
    4
    0
    2.00

    Mats Hummels

    Did not exactly cover himself in glory as his weak header invited Farfan's opener, and a misplaced pass nearly created a chance for the hosts. Overcame his poor start and was a rock at the back, especially in the second half.

  • Lukasz Piszczek
    4
    0
    3.50

    Lukasz Piszczek Top of the Match

    Perhaps fortunate to be on the pitch after he shoulder-charged Jones. His finish for the equaliser was the stuff of legends, and the Poland international was always available to bomb up the right flank and aid in the attack.

  • Felipe Santana
    3
    0
    3.00

    Felipe Santana

    Made no serious mistakes, but like Hummels, did not start the game as well as he could have. Hacked down Raul and headed the ball weakly in one instance, but was much better in the second half.

  • Marcel Schmelzer
    3
    0
    2.50

    Marcel Schmelzer

    Another quality member of the BVB back line, he was quick to the ball and made some excellent interventions as Schalke looked to break forward.

  • Jakub Blaszczykowski
    3
    0
    3.00

    Jakub Blaszczykowski

    Slipped in a clever ball form Piszczek in the first half and stung Unnerstall's hands with a strong effort from a tight angle. But that was the full extent of his attacking work: it was not the greatest of days for the Poland captain.

  • Kevin Großkreutz
    2
    0
    2.00

    Kevin Großkreutz

    Never a finisher, but the winger's direct play, instincts, and physicality were assets to the BVB attack that opened up opportunities for his team-mates.

  • Ilkay Gündogan
    2
    0
    3.00

    Ilkay Gündogan

    Did not create the magic that he has in recent games, but added a touch of class in the BVB midfield as he linked play from defence to attack, and wing to wing. Nearly scored, but had his attempt tipped just wide.

  • Sven Bender
    3
    0
    2.50

    Sven Bender

    Reinstated in the Dortmund line-up, the Germany international was a monster in the centre. Nearly scored the opener inside a minute, and seemed to always be first to the ball. Might have picked up a knock before the break, and did not return for the second half.

  • Robert Lewandowski
    2
    0
    3.00

    Robert Lewandowski

    Had little joy in attack as his chances were severely limited. Only once had a good opportunity to run in on goal, and fired wide. To his credit, the Poland international worked very hard and gave good service to his team-mates.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    3
    0
    2.50

    Shinji Kagawa

    Just as in the Bayern game in midweek, the Japanese attacker was always on the cusp of something great, but never quite converted. A frustrating performance.

Substitutions

  • Patrick Owomoyela
    2
    0
    0.00

    Patrick Owomoyela

    On for the last 75 seconds or so.

  • Sebastian Kehl
    2
    0
    3.50

    Sebastian Kehl

    Replaced Bender for the second half, and scored the go-ahead goal to make it 2-1. Added the composure and know-how that can be expected of a veteran captain.

  • Ivan Perisic
    2
    0
    0.00

    Ivan Perisic

    Came in for the final nine minutes and had one chance to put the result out of reach, but his final touch was too strong, and his finish was saved rather easily.

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