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February 11, 2012 2:30 PM GMT
Signal-Iduna-Park — Dortmund
Referee:‬ G. Perl‎
Attendance:‬ 80400‎
 
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Dortmund 1-0 Leverkusen

Goal.com assesses the individuals on show in the Bundesliga leaders' narrow victory over last year's runners-up at Signal Iduna Park on Saturday

By Clark Whitney

  • Roman Weidenfeller
    39
    6
    3.50

    Roman Weidenfeller

    Rarely tested; in the end, all he really had to do was claim some crosses. Was quick off his line when needed, though.

  • Neven Subotic
    48
    6
    3.50

    Neven Subotic

    Made one poor pass, but won back the ball immediately. Otherwise, the Serbian defender was excellent: Kiessling hardly ever looked a threat, and when he did, Subotic was typically on hand to halt him. Nearly scored a goal too, with a good free kick.

  • Mats Hummels
    52
    10
    3.00

    Mats Hummels

    Marked Kiessling very well, forcing the striker to drop deep to have any possession. Was a little less clean in the challenge than usual, however. On the other end, he nearly got an assist following a fine run and clever ball to Lewandowski.

  • Lukasz Piszczek
    94
    4
    3.00

    Lukasz Piszczek

    An absolute rock at the back. Did well to cover Kiessling and deny what should have been a goal. Decidedly won the battle with Lars Bender on the flank as he was victorious nearly every challenge.

  • Marcel Schmelzer
    27
    13
    3.00

    Marcel Schmelzer

    Not the best of days from the left-back, who did not exactly give Grosskreutz very much support. Played one or two decent balls in, but too often resorted to long-ranged or risky passes. Should have kept things simpler.

  • Sebastian Kehl
    37
    6
    3.00

    Sebastian Kehl

    Another good game for the resurgent captain, who celebrates his 32nd birthday on Monday. Did not try the spectacular, but moved into space well and made some good passes to Lewandowski around the edge of the penalty box.

  • Jakub Blaszczykowski
    83
    7
    3.50

    Jakub Blaszczykowski

    A good, if unremarkable game from the Polish winger. Added none of the wizardry that Gotze typically provides, but worked hard, and played the final ball ahead of Kagawa's opener.

  • Kevin Großkreutz
    24
    51
    3.00

    Kevin Großkreutz

    A game to forget. Twice missed one-on-ones with Leno, and on another occasion his poor pass ended a counter-attacking chance.

  • Sven Bender
    36
    7
    3.00

    Sven Bender

    A week after he badly turned his ankle, the former 1860 Munich man was fit enough to play 90 minutes and cover over 12.8km. Did nothing remarkable in the centre, but closed down his opponents well, retained possession, and won the ball back. Did very well with all the little things.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    370
    14
    4.00

    Shinji Kagawa Top of the Match

    Man of the match yet again. With Kagawa in the squad, Dortmund still do not miss Mario Gotze - the Japanese playmaker's brilliant goal made the difference today. He also deserved at least one assist.

  • Robert Lewandowski
    80
    38
    3.00

    Robert Lewandowski

    Failed to score again, but held up the ball well and made life very difficult for Friedrich in particular.

Substitutions

  • Moritz Leitner
    16
    5
    0.00

    Moritz Leitner

    On as a late time-wasting substitute.

  • Ivan Perisic
    15
    8
    0.00

    Ivan Perisic

    Made a brief cameo in the final minutes.

  • L. Barrios
    29
    36
    3.00

    L. Barrios

    Perhaps a little over-eager to score, the Paraguayan was often well offside, and made no significant impact in his 13 minutes of play.

  • Bernd Leno
    41
    2
    3.50

    Bernd Leno

    Simply outstanding. Made two superb stops from Grosskreutz in one-on-one situations, and was brilliant to come off his line to snuff out danger. If Leverkusen are to have a chance against Barcelona in the Champions League, he is their ticket.

  • Daniel Schwaab
    2
    5
    2.50

    Daniel Schwaab

    Better than Friedrich in the centre of defence, he had the discipline not to be caught out of position. Still left plenty to be desired in that his communication with the 32-year-old remains suspect.

  • Bastian Oczipka
    4
    4
    2.00

    Bastian Oczipka

    Very active on the left wing, the former St. Pauli loanee did well to limit Kuba's involvement and linked well with Bender in midfield.

  • Manuel Friedrich
    4
    18
    2.00

    Manuel Friedrich Flop of the Match

    Can be blamed for not halting Kagawa, either legally or otherwise, ahead of the opener. Guilty also of at least one poor clearance that put his side under pressure. Out-muscled by Lewandowski.

  • Vedran Corluka
    15
    2
    3.00

    Vedran Corluka

    Used his size as an asset to help the centre-backs, but made one woeful mistake when he nodded the ball straight to Grosskreutz for a chance that should have resulted in a goal.

  • Stefan Reinartz
    4
    1
    2.50

    Stefan Reinartz

    Conceded possession cheaply on one occasion, but otherwise had a relatively good game individually. Strong in the challenge and much better in possession than Rolfes.

  • Simon Rolfes
    1
    3
    2.00

    Simon Rolfes

    Not a very good game from the captain, who gave the ball away too easily and was quite clearly overwhelmed by Dortmund's pace. Replaced after an hour.

  • Lars Bender
    8
    2
    2.00

    Lars Bender

    Ran and ran and ran, but was bested by his twin brother. Played in a good cross or two, but was just a bit too slow to the ball in many instances.

  • Gonzalo Castro
    2
    1
    1.50

    Gonzalo Castro

    Utilised primarily in an unfamiliar, central role, the 24-year-old was by no means a No. 10. Long before the end it was quite clear that he was not the right man for the creative role in midfield, in which he was unfortunate to be used.

  • Andre Schürrle
    4
    6
    1.50

    Andre Schürrle

    Wasted a chance on the half hour mark, and was very underwhelming. Has tremendous talent, but simply will not make it show this season.

  • Stefan Kießling
    1
    8
    1.50

    Stefan Kießling

    Had a couple decent moments on the counter early on, but was utterly anonymous for long spells, especially after the break. His best chance on goal was actually towards his own net, and nearly put the game out of reach.

Substitutions

  • Renato Augusto
    10
    0
    2.50

    Renato Augusto

    On for a half-hour, the Brazilian did not create any chances on goal but at least managed to breathe some life into the Leverkusen midfield. Very clean in possession.

  • Karim Bellarabi
    1
    4
    2.00

    Karim Bellarabi

    A late substitute, the 21-year-old was no improvement to his side's attack.

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