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April 7, 2012 2:30 PM BST
VOLKSWAGEN ARENA — Wolfsburg
Referee:‬ C. Dingert‎
Attendance:‬ 30000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Wolfsburg 1-3 Borussia Dortmund

Goal.com casts a studious eye over the performers at the Volkswagen Arena as a Robert Lewandowski brace was the catalyst for BVB's 23rd match unbeaten

By Keeghann Sinanan

  • Diego Benaglio
    5
    0
    0.00

    Diego Benaglio

    Made a solid save on Gundogan at the close of the first half with a low stop at the post, and could not really be blamed for any of the goals as his defence let him down more than anything.

  • Felipe Aliste Lopes
    2
    5
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    Felipe Aliste Lopes

    Seemingly bereft of any sense of authority as he allowed Lewandowski to slip in behind him for the opener. He was also at fault for Dortmund’s second, being held off by Kuba with ease as the Pole set up Gundogan for the second. A great last ditch tackle to deny Kagawa only repaired the damage a little.

  • Marcel Schäfer
    1
    2
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    Marcel Schäfer

    Came alive in moments during the opening half, with a great move beating Piszczek all ends up on the left. However, he was rather overshadowed by Dejagah on the opposite flank after the break, as he added from the game.

  • Alexander Madlung
    3
    8
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    Alexander Madlung Flop of the Match

    Was caught ball watching for the first BVB goal, and let Gundogan wriggle past him for the second. Walked a fine line all game with his physical play, and finally went too far in the end, elbowing Leitner to see his second yellow card.

  • Ricardo Rodriguez
    4
    1
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    Ricardo Rodriguez

    Never really taken advantage of as BVB was unable to really find a way past him. Solid enough defending his flank, but did not have much opportunity to venture forward to support the attack from out wide.

  • Josué
    1
    3
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    Josué

    Huffed and puffed with purpose in the centre of the park as he worked hard to deny the visitors the ball in the first half. His tenacity waned after half-time though as the BVB midfield were able to regain a foothold in the game, and his day was brought to a close with his withdrawal ten minutes into the second half.

  • Christian Träsch
    0
    4
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    Christian Träsch

    Rarely ventured forward as he defended deep to prevent Dortmund from getting in behind him. However, that plan backfired as Perisic was able to beat him for pace out wide and send in a cross for Lewandowski to score the opener.

  • Ashkan Dejagah
    49
    5
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    Ashkan Dejagah

    Continued his good run of form in recent games by often taking advantage of the space behind Schmelzer, with one such exploitation leading to the cross that allowed Mandzukic to head home . His deliveries and directness out on the right were a constant menace, but was given a yellow card for complaining after committing a foul on Perisic that should have seen him in the book in the first place.

  • Jan Polak
    3
    1
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    Jan Polak

    Saw an early penalty appeal against him go uncalled after tussling with Kagawa in the area on a 50-50 ball. That set the tone for the rest of the half, as he gave a committed performance in the middle, and was quick to close down the space. However, he tailed off after the break.

  • Mario Mandzukic
    9
    2
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    Mario Mandzukic

    Brought the home side back into the game with his seventh headed goal of the season just after an hour, turning home Dejagah’s cross. However, were it not for his profligacy, Wolfsburg may well have had a result as he missed a handful of great chances in the game.

  • Patrick Helmes
    1
    4
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    Patrick Helmes

    Won a few headers in the early goings, and saw a great chance go begging, firing wide from a close range rebound with the goal practically at his mercy. Did not last beyond half time as he was replaced.

Substitutions

  • Vieirinha
    11
    2
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    Vieirinha

    Set up Mandzukic for a chance right out of the interval, and saw himself thwarted from a low shot by Weidenfeller. Saw plenty of the ball in an interesting showing as a second half substitute.

  • Petr Jirácek
    1
    3
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    Petr Jirácek

    Spurned the last chance of the game for Wolfsburg, as he was denied by a block from Weidenfeller after being put through.

  • Giovanni-Guy Yann Sio
    2
    4
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    Giovanni-Guy Yann Sio

    Fashioned a late chance for fellow substitute Jiracek with a well weighted pass.

  • Roman Weidenfeller
    39
    6
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    Roman Weidenfeller

    Played his part in securing the result with a handful of crucial saves throughout the match. His quickness off his line and ability to spread himself was a huge asset as Wolfsburg were unable to beat him more than once.

  • Neven Subotic
    21
    22
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    Neven Subotic

    A clumsy, yellow card worthy tackle on Schafer on the edge of the area nearly caused Dortmund problems. Unconvincing for the second week in a row as his lax marking on Mandzukic allowed the Wolfsburg frontman to sneak in behind him for a goal.

  • Mats Hummels
    36
    7
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    Mats Hummels

    Never looked overly fussed at the back as Wolfsburg were not able to really get the better of him. Had one or two wobbles late on, but nothing to seriously cause his team any problems.

  • Lukasz Piszczek
    62
    4
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    Lukasz Piszczek

    Beaten inside out by Schafer in a first half Wolfsburg attack, but was otherwise diligent in holding down the fort defensively on his flank. Surprisingly subdued in the attacking third of the field.

  • Marcel Schmelzer
    17
    17
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    Marcel Schmelzer

    Ventured forward with regularity in the opening exchanges, but that almost cost him at the other end as most of the hosts’ early forays came down his flank. He left Dejagah in too much space for the cross that allowed Wolfsburg to pull one back, and struggled considerably against the Iranian thereafter.

  • Sebastian Kehl
    13
    13
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    Sebastian Kehl

    Looked a bit pedestrian in the opening half, but seemed to recharge his batteries during half time as he charged about with far more purpose after the interval.

  • Ivan Perisic
    42
    11
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    Ivan Perisic

    His impact came only in flashes, but when it did, it was telling. A great burst of speed and equally good cross put the first for Lewandowski on a plate, and a clever pass put in Kuba for a shot that was so nearly a second. Replaced as the second half wore on.

  • Jakub Blaszczykowski
    71
    7
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    Jakub Blaszczykowski

    A little quiet in the first-half, but fared much better in the second, holding the ball up expertly to set up Gundogan, before thumping a shot against the bar after a fine pass by Perisic.

  • Ilkay Gündogan
    50
    8
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    Ilkay Gündogan

    Given a yellow card for charging into Benaglio on a loose ball, before being denied by the Wolfsburg keeper from a low shot. Showed good control and composure to poke home Dortmund’s second in traffic, and his playmaking improved as the game wore on.

  • Robert Lewandowski
    162
    7
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    Robert Lewandowski Top of the Match

    Fired an early shot wide after racing clear, but made no mistake midway through the first half, sliding home Perisic’s cross for the opener. Functioned decently with his hold up play throughout, and sealed the points at the end with a confident finish to a BVB break. Another clinical performance that keeps the Dortmund machine rolling.

  • Shinji Kagawa
    55
    46
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    Shinji Kagawa

    Found it tough to find an opening as the home side were often able to crowd him out. Did manage to set up Lewandowski for a great opening with a fine through ball, and sent a shot wide after he himself was put clear. Taken off in the second half after an uncharacteristically subdued showing.

Substitutions

  • Patrick Owomoyela
    12
    3
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    Patrick Owomoyela

    Late cameo

  • Moritz Leitner
    34
    6
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    Moritz Leitner

    Madlung’s elbow to his head saw the defender receive his marching orders, and it was his pass that set up Lewandowski for the clincher.

  • Kevin Großkreutz
    14
    15
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    Kevin Großkreutz

    Found himself in space a few times, but was halted by the offside flag too often.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Robert Lewandowski Robert Lewandowski
Striker
Dortmund
17 4
Mario Mandzukic Mario Mandzukic
Striker
Bayern
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
Leverkusen
15 2