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September 1, 2012 2:30 PM BST
Grundig-Stadion — Nürnberg
Referee:‬ T. Welz‎
Attendance:‬ 50000‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Nurnberg 1-1 Borussia Dortmund

Goal.com assesses the best and worst individual performances in Bavaria on Saturday as the champions were left frustrated by a resolute performance from the hosts

By Enis Koylu

  • Raphael Schäfer
    8
    3
    2.50

    Raphael Schäfer

    The goalkeeper was in command of his area throughout, getting off his line well to claim through balls and making good saves, most notably from Kehl, who almost broke the deadlock with a ferocious effort.

  • Per Nilsson
    12
    1
    3.50

    Per Nilsson

    Along with Klose, the Swedish defender played a critical role in his side's victory, keeping Lewandowski and Reus in check throughout.

  • Timm Klose
    11
    1
    3.00

    Timm Klose

    Like his central defensive partner Nilsson, the Switzerland international was disciplined throughout in his positioning, ensuring a frustrating afternoon for Dortmund. However, he often took a rough approach, and was deservedly booked .eventually.

  • Horacio Javier Pinola
    12
    1
    3.00

    Horacio Javier Pinola

    Managed to keep Kuba and Piszczek at bay for much of the match, and was there to block Hummels' header off the line as Dortmund pushed forward for a winner.

  • Timothy Chandler
    8
    3
    2.50

    Timothy Chandler

    Was probably the weakest member of the Nurnberg defence, but still produced a decent display. Could have got forward more often to aid his team-mates on the break, though.

  • Timmy Simons
    5
    2
    2.50

    Timmy Simons

    An anonymous performance in the centre of the park from the Belgian, who failed to shackle Kehl and Gundogan, as the pair had a fruitful afternoon despite their colleagues' wastefulness.

  • Hanno Balitsch
    5
    4
    2.00

    Hanno Balitsch

    After scoring the winner at Hamburg a week ago, the 31-year-old was a slight disappointment today as he picked up a booking for a needless challenge, and missed an excellent opportunity to seal the match by skying an effort well over the bar.

  • Hiroshi Kiyotake
    106
    4
    3.50

    Hiroshi Kiyotake Top of the Match

    Nurnberg look to have unearthed a real gem in the Japanese schemer, who pulled the strings throughout the match. Set up the opening goal with an excellent corner, and provided his team-mates with numerous other chances to score.

  • Robert Mak
    19
    4
    3.00

    Robert Mak

    A constant thorn in Dortmund's side with his incisive running down the right wing, particularly in the latter stages. Almost sealed an unlikely victory with an effort that cannoned off the woodwork.

  • Tomas Pekhart
    12
    3
    2.50

    Tomas Pekhart

    May have scored the opening goal with a good header, but could have done so much more damage to Dortmund, but was often too slow to take advantage of the service provided to him.

  • Alexander Esswein
    7
    4
    2.50

    Alexander Esswein

    Did not shine as brightly as Kiyotake or Mak, but aided his attacking colleagues well and helped Pinola shackle Kuba and Piszczek.

Substitutions

  • Markus Feulner
    4
    0

    Markus Feulner

    Introduced in stoppage time as the hosts looked to see out the result.

  • Timo Gebhart
    5
    1

    Timo Gebhart

    Had little chance to impress in a brief two-minute cameo.

  • Sebastian Polter
    5
    1

    Sebastian Polter

    Was brought on with minutes remaining and didn't have the chance to make any sort of impact.

  • Roman Weidenfeller
    7
    15
    2.00

    Roman Weidenfeller

    Was caught out by the goal as he failed to claim Kiyotake's corner for Nurnberg's opener, but made some decent stops in what was a quiet afternoon on the whole.

  • Neven Subotic
    31
    8
    3.50

    Neven Subotic

    By far the best member of the Dortmund defence. Made one excellent tackle to deny Pekhart a second, and was a presence in the opposition half. A typically spirited performance.

  • Mats Hummels
    17
    12
    2.50

    Mats Hummels

    Almost got Dortmund a winner with a lovely header from a set piece, but defensively his performance was somewhat lacking. He failed to shackle Pekhart for the goal, and almost gifted Nurnberg a second with a shoddy attempt at an interception.

  • Lukasz Piszczek
    24
    8
    2.50

    Lukasz Piszczek

    Did well when linking up with Kuba on the right wing but, due to an excellent performance from Pinola, was not able to find space and delivery any threatening balls. Booked for a clumsy, unnecessary tackle.

  • Marcel Schmelzer
    18
    6
    2.50

    Marcel Schmelzer

    As usual, the Germany international got forward well in support of his attacking colleagues, but was given a torrid time by Mak, who was one of the brighter sparks during the afternoon.

  • Sebastian Kehl
    17
    3
    3.00

    Sebastian Kehl

    One of his side's better performers, the midfielder almost broke the deadlock with an excellent, long-range volley, and looked to break forward and get into threatening positions throughout.

  • Ilkay Gündogan
    13
    17
    2.50

    Ilkay Gündogan

    A lively performance on his return to his former home. The Germany international was busy in midfield, but as he broke forward, often lacked a final delivery or an incisive shot.

  • Marco Reus
    22
    38
    1.50

    Marco Reus Flop of the Match

    After making such a bright start to life as a Dortmund player, Reus will have every reason to be disappointed with his performance here. He never got going, despite seeing plenty of the ball, and was unsurprisingly withdrawn.

  • Ivan Perisic
    22
    10
    3.00

    Ivan Perisic

    Had a part in Kuba's equaliser with a shot that crashed off the bar into the Pole's path, and was a willing runner, but faded in the second half, before being replaced by Gotze.

  • Jakub Blaszczykowski
    41
    7
    3.00

    Jakub Blaszczykowski

    Was in the right place at the right time for the equaliser, and was one of his side's more threatening players. Got into some excellent positions, but was not quite at his best.

  • Robert Lewandowski
    26
    26
    2.00

    Robert Lewandowski

    One of the biggest disappointments in the Dortmund side. While Nurnberg's defence were undoubtedly on fine form, the Polish striker failed to get going and looks to be a shadow of the player who terrorised opponents last season.

Substitutions

  • Mario Götze
    19
    16
    2.00

    Mario Götze

    Big things were expected from the starlet after his match-winning cameo but last week, but he fared no better than his team-mates.

  • Kevin Großkreutz
    8
    8

    Kevin Großkreutz

    Came on with a little over 10 minutes to play, but did not have the chance to make an impact.

  • Julian Schieber
    21
    5
    3.00

    Julian Schieber

    Almost got the winner with a decent left-footed effort from distance, but was often left frustrated during his cameo.

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