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August 5, 2011 7:30 PM BST
Signal-Iduna-Park — Dortmund
Referee:‬ F. Brych‎
Attendance:‬ 80720‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Borussia Dortmund 3-1 Hamburg

Goal.com rates the individuals who featured in the Bundesliga season opener.

By Clark Whitney

  • Roman Weidenfeller
    64
    5
    3.50

    Roman Weidenfeller

    Guilty of dropping the ball a few times, but was bailed out by the referee's whistle. Had little work to overall, but did well when called to duty, particularly late when he denied Jansen from close range.

  • Mats Hummels
    140
    4
    4.00

    Mats Hummels

    Caught up-field once early on, but settled in and enjoyed an excellent performance overall. Kept Petric under wraps and distributed the ball from deep with typical expertise. As often is the case, he never committed a single foul.

  • Felipe Santana
    83
    10
    3.50

    Felipe Santana

    Given a surprise start after Neven Subotic was injured during the warm-up and did not disappoint. The Brazilian formed a strong partnership with Hummels at the back and only looked in trouble once, but even that time, his pace and strength bailed him out.

  • Chris Löwe
    72
    6
    3.50

    Chris Löwe

    Resigned to a more defensive role than Piszczek, the ex-Chemnitz defender did well at the back, and for the most part kept Tore quiet.

  • Lukasz Piszczek
    153
    2
    3.50

    Lukasz Piszczek

    Defended brilliantly against Elia in the first half, forcing the Dutchman's substitution. Moving forward, the Polish wing-back was outstanding; he tirelessly ran forward and was always on hand to support the attack. His near-assist to Kagawa was perhaps the best pass of the match.

  • Ilkay Gündogan
    90
    6
    3.50

    Ilkay Gündogan

    Has not yet filled the shoes of his predecessor, Nuri Sahin, but managed to do quite well in his first game. Played some brilliant balls forward and other than being dispossessed deep in his own half on one occasion, looked strong in possession. Still has to develop his instincts in the centre.

  • Sven Bender
    86
    4
    3.50

    Sven Bender

    A quiet game from the Germany international, but it was also a quiet game for the HSV attack: exactly what can be expected of a player of Bender's skill set and tactical role. He did manage to play a big role in the third goal, returning a lovely ball to Gotze.

  • Mario Götze
    299
    12
    4.00

    Mario Götze Top of the Match

    Man of the match. Set up Grosskreutz for the opener, then created and scored the second. Always made the right decisions, always a hard runner, and always at the centre of the action. Much is expected of the youngster this season. In his first test, Gotze passed with flying colours.

  • Kevin Großkreutz
    160
    10
    4.00

    Kevin Großkreutz

    Appears to have improved with his play on the ball over the course of the summer. Scored the opener with an immaculate finish, and nearly set up a second goal shortly thereafter. Scored the vital third goal early in the second half before moving into a left-back role. His tireless running caused all sorts of problems for Diekmeier.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    191
    15
    4.00

    Shinji Kagawa

    Rather unfortunate not to score after having two superb strikes sailed wide and a third hit the post. The Japanese playmaker nonetheless had a good game; his movement was sublime, and his passing and touch in midfield kept the ball moving just too fast for HSV to handle. Also did well to clear Jansen's header off the line.

  • Robert Lewandowski
    179
    6
    3.50

    Robert Lewandowski

    Rarely a threat on goal, but found a way to be effective without scoring: his link-up play was superb. Used his strength to shrug off Mancienne, and connected well with Gotze. Played a glorious back-heel to set up the youngster for his goal.

Substitutions

  • Sebastian Kehl
    31
    4
    0.00

    Sebastian Kehl

    On for the final seconds.

  • Ivan Perisic
    42
    8
    0.00

    Ivan Perisic

    On for the final quarter hour, the Croatian forward made good use of his time and had a free kick hit the side netting.

  • Jakub Blaszczykowski
    75
    3
    0.00

    Jakub Blaszczykowski

    Fired a dangerous cross late that was just slightly too hard for Lewandowski to reach. Had the forward connected, it would have surely been a goal.

  • Jaroslav Drobný
    10
    8
    2.50

    Jaroslav Drobný

    Made one bad decision early on but was simply left without a chance to stop any of the goals scored. He did well enough to deny Grosskreutz the third, but was unfortunate to have the rebound fall back to the striker's feet.

  • Dennis Diekmeier
    8
    13
    1.50

    Dennis Diekmeier

    Disappointing after having an impressive pre-season. The former Germany youth international was often out-run by Grosskreutz, and critically so for the opener.

  • Michael Mancienne
    14
    27
    1.50

    Michael Mancienne

    Failed to step forward to play Grosskreutz offside ahead of the opener, and then was out-muscled by Lewandowski while trying to commit a professional foul.

  • Heiko Westermann
    12
    9
    1.50

    Heiko Westermann

    Produced some good defensive skills individually, but HSV were a wreck at the back for long periods and the Germany international failed to provide the stability and leadership that should come with his experience.

  • Dennis Aogo
    17
    7
    2.00

    Dennis Aogo

    The best member of a defensive line that was a train wreck. Did well to support the attack on the few occasions he was able to get forward, and often forced Gotze to look centrally for opportunities.

  • Tomás Eduardo Rincón
    8
    9
    1.50

    Tomás Eduardo Rincón

    Had no command of the centre of the park and proved to be no valid stand-in for David Jarolim. Had to resort to pulling Gotze's shirt to stop the young attacker.

  • Gojko Kacar
    9
    8
    1.50

    Gojko Kacar

    Had one bright spell early on when he won the ball near the edge of his attacking penalty area and nearly completed a nice one-two. After that, his day was similar to that of Rincon. Simply out-run and out-skilled in the centre.

  • Eljero Elia
    24
    37
    1.50

    Eljero Elia Flop of the Match

    Provided absolutely no inspiration and looked uninterested. Substituted at half-time.

  • Gökhan Töre
    47
    1
    0.00

    Gökhan Töre

    One of the few bright spots in the Hamburg attack. The former Chelsea winger made an excellent run early in the game before setting up Petric, and later did the same for Jansen. His technique and skill will make Tore a very valuable player for HSV.

  • Paolo Guerrero
    9
    12
    1.50

    Paolo Guerrero

    Was clearly not up to pace after the Copa America, and it showed not only in his play, but his fitness. Forced to withdraw in the first half.

  • Mladen Petric
    12
    13
    1.50

    Mladen Petric

    Given few chances, but did very little with them. Could not free himself from Hummels and Santana, and when he did, his shot was well off target.

Substitutions

  • Marcell Jansen
    21
    3
    2.50

    Marcell Jansen

    A massive improvement over Elia. Jansen had a good attempt saved and a header cleared off the line. On another day he might have scored twice.

  • Änis Ben-Hatira
    6
    7
    1.50

    Änis Ben-Hatira

    Replaced Guerrero and had no better effect. Invisible, for the most part.

  • Robert Tesche
    13
    3
    2.50

    Robert Tesche

    His one contribution to the match was to score the late consolation goal. Of all input, he picked the right kind.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Dortmund
18 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
Bayern
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
Dortmund
15 5