Perhaps should have done more to keep out Piszczek’s opener, despite the heavy deflection the shot took, and may even feel that he should have acted quicker to prevent Reus’ effort. Commanded the box impressively and improved after the break.
Happy to compete in the physical battle, the centre-back was relatively steady in the heart of the home defence, with Lewandowski kept relatively quiet throughout. Booked for a rather dangerous lunge on the Pole, however.
Much of the threat came down his flank and he was unable to do anything about it. He even played himself into difficulty at times as he was guilty of overdoing things in possession. Made amends with a tremendous cross that brought the third goal.
Was involved in the lead up to the opening Dortmund goal, and although BVB actually got relatively little change through the centre of the Frankfurt rearguard, he was too easily shrugged off by Gotze as BVB regained the lead after being pegged back. Fine header to win his side a point, though.
Defensively he enjoyed a steady performance. Although he was clearly keen to get forward down the right, he was rather hesitant when he did get into good positions.
Attempted to set the tempo at the heart of the home midfield and passed the ball around tidily enough. Did not do enough to stop Dortmund’s control of the game, though.
Lively down the left-hand side of the park for the newly-promoted club, bombing down the wing after 10 minutes to drag a shot narrowly wide. His side’s most effervescent presence and got an assist to Aigner’s goal before scoring himself a minute later. Super throughout.
Failed to significantly quell the influence of the Dortmund midfield initially, but grew in confidence as the match progressed. Did make a vital clearance on the line late on.
Failed to offer any real threat down the right flank of the home side in the first half, but was much better after the break, driving Frankfurt back into the game with a fine left-footed shot before setting up Inui with a fine cross.
Gave a strong account of himself in the middle of the park, finding space and picking out some dangerous passes. Was the brains behind his side when they pushed forward.
Worked hard at the pinnacle of the Frankfurt side but lacked the power to seriously worry the Dortmund defence. Set up Meier to shoot off target in the opening period with a deft cross, but was taken off after an hour.
Made an uncharacteristic fumble in the first period after 40 minutes spent doing little more than organising his defence. Helpless as Aigner’s shot beat him at the start of the second period and equally unable to do anything about Inui’s header.
Got forward to good effect down the right-hand channel and his swashbuckling attitude proved key to the deadlock being broken as he burst beyond his team-mates to have a shot heavily deflected into the goal.
Much of the play raged on the opposite flank, so the left-back was involved less frequently than many of his team-mates. A sober performance overall.
Some of the centre-back’s distribution was sloppy but Hoffer was kept under wraps throughout the match. Made some important challenges in the latter stages of the game as his defence crumbled around him.
Although the defender had moments of discomfort, he was largely in control of matters in the centre of the rearguard during the first half. In the second half he really toiled, along with the rest of the back four.
Largely a peripheral figure down the left, Dortmund got much better results when they attacked down the opposite flank. Taken off midway through the second half.
A typically robust performance from the Pole, who was certainly not afraid of working hard off the ball. His influence when Dortmund were in possession may have been less than he would have wanted, but he still offered a significant threat as he had a shoot-on-sight policy.
Had Dortmund’s first real effort of the evening with a fine shot that needed to be turned over the bar, and was dynamic enough to get forward into the box on a regular basis. Did not do enough defensively, though.
The holding midfielder was on a hiding to nothing in this encounter as his team-mates flooded forward and left him to fend for himself. Did well in the build-up to Dortmund’s second goal to play a nice pass out to the right wing.
A performance worthy of his billing as one of Germany’s great rising stars. Had a shot the flirted with the goal before driving BVB 2-0 up in fine style from distance. Withdrawn at half time due to injury.
Struggled to have much of an impact on the home defence, although he was always willing to work hard and create spaces for others. Saw very little of the ball in the box, though.