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March 30, 2013 8:00 PM IST
Mercedes-Benz-Arena — Stuttgart
Referee:‬ D. Aytekin‎
Attendance:‬ 60000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Stuttgart 1-2 Borussia Dortmund

Goal.com takes a closer look at the men involved in a thrilling clash, as Robert Lewandowski's late goal ensured three points for the second-placed visitors

By Daniel Edwards

  • Sven Ulreich
    2
    1
    3.00

    Sven Ulreich

    Made a spectacular save from Reus early on, but was poorly placed for Dortmund's opener. Given few problems in the second half as Stuttgart took control.

  • Gotoku Sakai
    0
    1
    2.00

    Gotoku Sakai

    Was nowhere to be seen towards the end as Piszczek overlapped on his flank and set up Lewandowski for a heart-breaking winner.

  • Felipe Aliste Lopes
    0
    1
    2.00

    Felipe Aliste Lopes

    Guilty of more than one occasion of sloppy marking, failing to pick up Piszczek for the opener and later losing Lewandowski.

  • Georg Niedermeier
    1
    4
    1.00

    Georg Niedermeier Flop of the Match

    The villain of the piece for the home team. Defended with gusto, but picked up two yellows for brutal challenges and also missed a golden header.

  • Arthur Boka
    0
    1
    2.50

    Arthur Boka

    Combative in midfield against a lacklustre Dortmund effort, but tired towards the end and it showed as the visitors found gaps.

  • Antonio Rüdiger
    0
    2
    2.50

    Antonio Rüdiger

    Was somehow denied an equaliser during a one-sided second half when Gotze came to the rescue. Struggled at times to contain the lively wideman.

  • Ibrahima Traore
    2
    1
    2.50

    Ibrahima Traore

    Guilty of wasting a glorious chance in the first half, caused Dortmund early problems with his pace and commitment, but faded out of the game later.

  • Christian Gentner
    0
    1
    2.50

    Christian Gentner

    His quick thinking sent Maxim on the way to level proceedings for the home team. A solid showing in the middle, harrying and pressing throughout.

  • Alexandru Iulian Maxim
    2
    1
    3.50

    Alexandru Iulian Maxim

    A consistent source of chances for the home team, his free kick delivery was impressive throughout the game. Did not show as much in open play until popping up for the equaliser, with a great finish.

  • Martin Harnik
    1
    1
    2.50

    Martin Harnik

    Capable of some magical moments with the ball at his feet, but also showed a dark side: a brilliant bicicleta was followed by a clear dive, and from the resulting foul his high foot took Schmelzer out of the game.

  • Vedad Ibisevic
    1
    2
    3.00

    Vedad Ibisevic

    An understated but effective performance from the striker, had few chances but did well to play in others.

Substitutions

  • Benedikt Röcker
    0
    1
    2.00

    Benedikt Röcker

    Came in for the excellent Maxim, but struggled to match the level of the dynamic midfielder.

  • Federico Macheda
    1
    1

    Federico Macheda

    No time for the Italian to shine, thrown in during a frantic finish.

  • Roman Weidenfeller
    3
    0
    2.50

    Roman Weidenfeller

    Came to the rescue of his defence on more than one occasion, shining with a great stop from Traore when a goal looked inevitable.

  • Neven Subotic
    0
    2
    2.50

    Neven Subotic

    Could not stamp his authority on the game, stretched by Traore in the middle and guilty of giving away more than one foul in dangerous territory.

  • Felipe Santana
    2
    1
    2.50

    Felipe Santana

    A disappointing showing from the big centre-back, who struggled to control Stuttgart's flair players on the ground and was also found wanting when it came to marking.

  • Marcel Schmelzer
    0
    1
    2.00

    Marcel Schmelzer

    Almost gifted Traore a goal with his loose pass, but recovered well. Taken off early after getting a nasty boot to the face.

  • Sven Bender
    0
    3
    2.00

    Sven Bender

    Failed to find his place in the middle, overrun by a tireless Stuttgart effort and sloppy while distributing the ball. Not his best game.

  • Ilkay Gündogan
    1
    3
    2.50

    Ilkay Gündogan

    A steady presence in the middle of the pitch going forward, but too often chose to shoot into a sea of bodies instead of seeking a simpler option.

  • Mario Götze
    2
    4
    3.00

    Mario Götze

    A lovely pass to play in Reus was one of the highlights in a muted performance from Mario. Turned hero at the other end with a great clearance off the line.

  • Marco Reus
    3
    0
    3.00

    Marco Reus

    Could not convert two glorious chances during the first half, but his delivery got Dortmund on the board with a good free kick.

  • Nuri Sahin
    4
    2
    2.50

    Nuri Sahin

    Started brightly with some intelligent passing, but could not keep up the level and was outplayed in the middle. Still struggling to find his best form.

  • Kevin Großkreutz
    2
    1
    3.00

    Kevin Großkreutz

    Steady if uninspiring on the right side of defence, kept Stuttgart quiet on his flank but needed to add more going forward.

  • Robert Lewandowski
    9
    0
    3.50

    Robert Lewandowski

    A beautifully-timed pass in the first half sent Reus haring through on goal, but the Poland international showed what he does best with a great poacher's finish at the end.

Substitutions

  • Lukasz Piszczek
    13
    0
    4.00

    Lukasz Piszczek Top of the Match

    A brilliant contribution off the bench, scoring the first and setting up the winner with a great cross.

  • Moritz Leitner
    0
    1
    2.50

    Moritz Leitner

    Entered for Gundogan and continued working in the middle.

  • Julian Schieber
    0
    1

    Julian Schieber

    Entered after Lewandowski's goal and kept up the pressure on Stuttgart.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Borussia Dortmund
17 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
FC Bayern München
17 0
Adrian Ramos Adrian Ramos
Striker
Hertha BSC
16 3
Josip Drmic Josip Drmic
Striker
FC Nürnberg
16 2
Stefan Kießling Stefan Kießling
Striker
Bayer Leverkusen
15 2