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September 18, 2012 7:45 PM BST
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Player Ratings: Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Ajax

Goal.com rates the performers on show in the Bundesliga champions' hard-fought win over the Eredivisie powerhouse

By Stefan Coerts

  • Roman Weidenfeller
    41
    3
    3.00

    Roman Weidenfeller

    Made a crucial save to deny Eriksen early on in the game. Then escaped when Subotic blocked Babel's shot after he stole the ball off Boerrigter's feet. Another excellent save early in the second half from De Jong's shot from close range.

  • Mats Hummels
    38
    44
    2.00

    Mats Hummels Flop of the Match

    Really struggled against Babel as the Dutchman's movement made life difficult for Hummels. His penalty lacked accuracy and power, and was consequently saved by Vermeer.

  • Marcel Schmelzer
    36
    4
    3.00

    Marcel Schmelzer

    Caused Sana all kinds of trouble with his marauding runs forward, and almost capped a fine outing with a first-half goal, only to see his shot saved by Vermeer. Good display from the Germany international.

  • Neven Subotic
    35
    11
    2.50

    Neven Subotic

    Did not have an easy evening either, but was the better of the two centre-backs. Beaten by Babel a few times, but always worked hard to get back to give himself a fighting chance.

  • Lukasz Piszczek
    69
    4
    3.50

    Lukasz Piszczek

    Did a good job to keep Boerrigter quiet, although he did lose sight of the man he was up against once or twice. Always happy to charge forward and link up with Kuba down the right. Got the assist for the winner.

  • Ilkay Gündogan
    15
    30
    2.00

    Ilkay Gündogan

    Fairly anonymous in midfield and almost cost his side with some sloppy play early on, but was bailed out by Weidenfeller. Passing lacked accuracy, and was outmuscled more than once.

  • Jakub Blaszczykowski
    72
    3
    3.50

    Jakub Blaszczykowski

    Threatened early on with some silky dribbles and sent in a number of dangerous crosses. Faded after the break as he was taken off for Perisic.

  • Mario Götze
    55
    11
    3.00

    Mario Götze

    Almost escaped the attention of the Ajax defence early in the game with an intelligent run. Set up Reus in the second half with a brilliant through pass, before winning a spot kick as he went to ground following Van Rhijn's challenge.

  • Marco Reus
    45
    20
    3.00

    Marco Reus

    Always looked lively on the left wing, but didn't see as much of the ball as he would have liked in the first half. Came to life after the interval. Should have done better when he found himself one-on-one with Vermeer in the second half, though.

  • Sebastian Kehl
    29
    10
    3.00

    Sebastian Kehl

    The experienced midfielder fought out some interesting battles with De Jong and Eriksen in midfield. Lead by example and provided his back-four with excellent cover.

  • Robert Lewandowski
    92
    17
    3.00

    Robert Lewandowski Top of the Match

    Had a difficult evening against Alderweireld and Moisander. Got a good chance to open the scoring early in the second half, but blasted his shot over the bar. Made up for his relatively anonymous performance with his winner in the dying minutes of the game.

Substitutions

  • Ivan Perisic
    34
    9
    3.00

    Ivan Perisic

    Came off the bench in the second half as Klopp attempted to turn the game in BVB's favour. Looked lively, but couldn't make the difference.

  • Moritz Leitner
    17
    6

    Moritz Leitner

    N/A

  • Julian Schieber
    16
    5

    Julian Schieber

    N/A

  • Kenneth Vermeer
    15
    4
    3.00

    Kenneth Vermeer

    Showed his class with a fine save to deny Schmelzer on the only occasion he was really tested in the first half. Showed Superb reflexes to push Reus' second-half shot wide. Capped an excellent display with a penalty-save to frustrate Hummels. Couldn't do anything about Lewandowski's goal and was unlucky to end up on the losing side.

  • Daley Blind
    8
    3
    3.00

    Daley Blind

    Did not have an easy game against the tireless Kuba. Beaten a number of times in the first half, but without consequences. Willing to help Boerrigter in attack whenever possible. Improved after the break.

  • Niklas Moisander
    16
    2
    3.50

    Niklas Moisander

    Made a superb last-ditch tackle early in the game to win the ball off Gotze. Did a more than decent job to keep Lewandowski quiet for large spells of the game. Should perhaps have done better for the goal as Lewandowski beat him to a high cross.

  • Ricardo van Rhijn
    7
    6
    2.50

    Ricardo van Rhijn

    Wasn't troubled too much by Reus in the first half, but often had to cope with Schmelzer, too. Experienced more difficulties after the interval. Harshly conceded a spot kick in the second half after allegedly fouling Gotze.

  • Toby Alderweireld
    13
    2
    3.50

    Toby Alderweireld

    Crucial in Ajax's build-up play and looked very comfortable on the ball. Strong in the duels as well, but beaten too easily once by Lewandowski early in the second half, while the Polish striker also got the better of him for the winner.

  • Christian Eriksen
    26
    4
    2.50

    Christian Eriksen

    Should have opened the scoring after being set up by Babel early on, but squandered the chance. Showed glimpses of his immense potential, but also lost possession too often.

  • Christian Poulsen
    26
    7
    3.00

    Christian Poulsen

    Only joined Ajax a few weeks ago, but already a key player for the Eredivisie champions. Showed some neat passing and made a few important interceptions.

  • Siem de Jong
    9
    3
    3.50

    Siem de Jong

    Always worked hard in midfield as he caused Gundogan and Kehl a fair bit of trouble with his intelligent movement. Had a powerful shot saved by Weidenfeller in the second half.

  • Derk Boerrigter
    3
    8
    2.50

    Derk Boerrigter

    A bit too predictable as he was continually looking to beat Piszczek for pace. Should have done better with his first-half chance.

  • Ryan Babel
    24
    8
    3.50

    Ryan Babel

    The former Liverpool winger put in a strong performance up front as he always made himself available, and hardly lost possession. Unlucky not to add his name to the scoresheet as he came close a few times.

  • Tobias Sana
    7
    10
    3.00

    Tobias Sana

    The young Swede was unable to live up to the high expectations following his good performances in the past few weeks. Hardly got involved in attack, and was forced to track back much more than he would have hoped for.

Substitutions

  • Lasse Schöne
    15
    3
    3.00

    Lasse Schöne

    Replaced Babel in the closing stages of the game without making an impact.

  • Miralem Sulejmani
    7
    4

    Miralem Sulejmani

    N/A

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