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February 3, 2013 11:30 AM EST
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Referee:‬ D. Aytekin‎
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Player Ratings: Bayer Leverkusen 2-3 Borussia Dortmund

Goal.com picks out the best of the bunch as the defending German champions leapfrogged Leverkusen into second place in the Bundesliga.

By Enis Koylu

  • Bernd Leno
    8
    10
    2.50

    Bernd Leno

    Was caught out for both of Dortmund's early goals, charging out of his goal to try and close down Reus, and fouling Lewandowski. Partially redeemed himself with a great challenge on Kuba, and a penalty save, but let Lewandowski have the ball all too easily for the third goal.

  • Philipp Wollscheid
    3
    15
    2.00

    Philipp Wollscheid Flop of the Match

    Sold his goalkeeper short with a sloppy back pass for the winner, but was generally solid in defense, and a presence at the other end of the pitch for Castro's dangerous set plays.

  • Sebastian Boenisch
    97
    0
    3.50

    Sebastian Boenisch

    Completely culpable for the second penalty, diving in all too rashly on Lewandowski, but was a real threat with his deliveries from the wing, setting up countless opportunities.

  • Daniel Carvajal
    7
    8
    3.00

    Daniel Carvajal

    With Reus and Schmelzer charging down the left, he did a decent job in the first half, and forced a decent save from Langerak. Did well in the build-up to the second goal, too.

  • Ömer Toprak
    1
    10
    3.00

    Ömer Toprak

    Made a few good blocks on long-range shots in the first half, but was completely absent for both of BVB's early goals. Lucky not to have been dismissed at the death for a challenge on Gotze.

  • Stefan Reinartz
    19
    4
    4.00

    Stefan Reinartz

    Gave possession away quite sloppily on a couple of occasions in the first half, and was lucky not to be punished for it. Took his two chances fantastically, but off the pace in midfield.

  • Simon Rolfes
    1
    11
    2.00

    Simon Rolfes

    The skipper never looked up to the challenge posed by the champions, and was overrun in midfield. Hauled off at halftime, unsurprisingly.

  • Lars Bender
    12
    5
    3.50

    Lars Bender

    Was up for the fight in the center of the park, breaking forward from midfield brilliantly, but was often lacking that killer ball or a true shot.

  • Gonzalo Castro
    1
    12
    3.00

    Gonzalo Castro

    Missed two early chances, but atoned for his sloppy finishing with some fantastic wing-play, setting up numerous chances for his teammates.

  • Andre Schürrle
    7
    9
    3.00

    Andre Schürrle

    Was not involved as much as he would have liked, but certainly contributed to his team's attack in fits and starts. Saw a great shot cleared off the line by Hummels.

  • Stefan Kießling
    14
    7
    3.50

    Stefan Kießling

    His 100th Bundesliga goal eluded him, but he was a constant threat, and although he missed a couple of chances, set up Reinartz's second strike fantastically.

Substitutions

  • Jens Hegeler
    3
    6
    2.50

    Jens Hegeler

    Missed a decent opportunity to equalize with his only contribution of note.

  • Sidney Sam
    7
    5
    3.50

    Sidney Sam

    Added another dimension to his side's attack with his direct running and good crossing. Forced Langerak into a great save.

  • Arkadiusz Milik
    32
    6
    2.00

    Arkadiusz Milik

    Only notable moment was a handball in an auspicious debut.

  • Mitchell Langerak
    44
    2
    4.00

    Mitchell Langerak

    Thrust into the first team due to Weidenfeller's illness, the Australian made some great saves to prove that he is a more than able deputy, not least from Kiessling as Leverkusen looked for a path back into the match.

  • Mats Hummels
    23
    5
    3.00

    Mats Hummels

    Handed the captain's armband for the first time, and responded well. Was composed in the tackle, and made a fantastic block on the line to deny Schurrle a route back into the match.

  • Lukasz Piszczek
    61
    12
    2.50

    Lukasz Piszczek

    Got down the right in customary fashion, but was often lacking that final delivery. Was caught out a couple of times on the counterattack.

  • Felipe Santana
    13
    15
    3.00

    Felipe Santana

    Continues to provide good cover for Subotic. A presence in the Leverkusen box, he met a couple of corners, and was dominant in the air at the back.

  • Marcel Schmelzer
    14
    11
    2.50

    Marcel Schmelzer

    Made only fantastic block to deny Kiessling midway through the second half, and got forward well in support of Gotze and Reus. Another sound performance.

  • Sven Bender
    13
    12
    3.00

    Sven Bender

    Was barely noticeable in the center of the park. Did his job well, without pulling up any trees.

  • Ilkay Gündogan
    21
    13
    3.50

    Ilkay Gündogan

    Picked up where he left off against Nurnberg. sending out countless probing balls as BVB dominated the first half. Did his job well at the back too when Leverkusen applied some pressure.

  • Mario Götze
    14
    42
    3.00

    Mario Götze

    Was not at his brilliant best, but still showcased a portion of his extraordinary talent with some darts forward, and slick combination play with Reus.

  • Marco Reus
    34
    11
    3.00

    Marco Reus

    Opened the scoring with a superb finish early on, and was a constant thorn in Leverkusen's side. One of Dortmund's best players on the night, and all season.

  • Jakub Blaszczykowski
    77
    4
    3.00

    Jakub Blaszczykowski

    Kept his cool to make it 2-0 from the spot at the first time of asking, and did well down the right throughout with his usual mix industry and technique. His second penalty will be forgotten though as it did not affect the result.

  • Robert Lewandowski
    156
    4
    4.00

    Robert Lewandowski Top of the Match

    Did brilliantly throughout the match, chasing down every ball in the Leverkusen half, scoring the deciding goal after a rocky period for the champions, and winning the second penalty.

Substitutions

  • Sebastian Kehl
    12
    5
    2.50

    Sebastian Kehl

    Brought on to keep things tight in midfield.

  • Kevin Großkreutz
    9
    7
    2.50

    Kevin Großkreutz

    Given 10 minutes to shine at the end, and put in a decent shift.

  • Julian Schieber
    5
    12
    2.00

    Julian Schieber

    Did not touch the ball in his 30 seconds of play.

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