With Marseille’s activity in his half virtually non-existent, his contribution was largely limited to the routine in the opening period. Could not do much about the goals from Remy and Valbuena, but would have liked to have gotten a stronger hand on Ayew’s header, powerful though it was.
For the most part, he was not tested as Marseille showed no endeavour in attack, but his failure to stop Valbuena along with the rest of his team-mates near the end of the match was notable.
Did not have much to do on the defensive end, but could have made better use of that by venturing forward more and providing a greater threat in the attacking third.
Offensively he was inspiring, assuming great positions deep on the right flank and acting as something of an auxiliary wide midfielder at times. However, he did not pass the test on the other end of the pitch, failing to mark Remy with any sort of urgency for Marseille’s goal just before half-time. Was beaten too easily for the winner by Valbuena as well.
Was his usual dependable self in the centre of defence, and made no mistake from the spot to give his side a 2-0 lead. Unlucky to be on the losing side.
Lacked any real ‘wow’ factor in his play, unless you count the disbelief from his team-mates at his inability to score from a great position after a brilliant set up by Perisic in the second half.
His goal was taken with the aura of a seasoned poacher, but he struggled to conjure much outside of that. He was always a willing runner down the flanks, but lacked quality in his final ball, apart from one great setup for Barrios
Disappointing night for the young playmaker, who should have scored at least once, having been presented with two great chances in the first half to do so. He was hauled off at half-time as his manager, probably recognising the near-impossibility of the task facing his side in the second half, chose to save his legs for Kaiserslautern at the weekend.
Left it all on the pitch tonight in more ways than one. His commanding header was crucial in the build-up to the first goal, but his night was ended prematurely shortly after the half-hour mark after Mbia introduced his boot to his face during a reckless challenge.
A frustrating outing for the Pole, who failed to get much going in the end despite an encouraging start to the first half. He will be thankful to Kuba for making the most of his poor control for the first goal, but could not muster much otherwise outside of two wayward efforts in the second half.
The Paraguay international was presented with a great chance to score in the first half, but could only find the side netting instead of the target. Otherwise, he was lacking in support, and was limited in his contribution as a result. Hauled off in the second half.
Was commanding in the air for the most part as Dortmund sent a series of crosses into his box in the first half. Was not at fault for either goal.
Performed admirably alongside Diawarra at the heart of the French side’s defence, marking Barrios out of the game and refusing to give up an inch.
The full-back hardly got forward, but put in a shift on the defensive end, highlighted by his superb block of Gotze’s goal-bound effort with an outstretched leg.
Worked hard at denying Kuba space all game, but given a bit more trouble when Perisic attacked down his flank on a few occasions.
Put in one or two thumping challenges that halted BVB in their tracks, and was generally a rock at the back.
His effectiveness in the attacking third was extremely limited, and he spent most of his time providing eager, but ultimately substandard cover in midfield. Replaced shortly after the hour mark with his stamina all but spent.
Involved in a sickening clash of heads with Traore early one, and the blow seemed to affect his logic thereafter, with his reckless high boot clattering Kehl and gifting Dortmund a penalty on the half hour mark. Taken off at half-time.
He was a non-factor offensively until injury time in the first half, when his perfect cross put a chance on a plate for Remy to score for the visitors. He sent in another peach of a ball from a corner kick that was headed in by Ayew for the equaliser, as his deliveries ended up being the X factor in the match.
Did exactly what his manager asked of him, providing an effective cog in midfield that frustrated Dortmund. His energy levels remained admirably high in the second half.
Isolated and unnoticed for much of the game, but credit to him for keeping his concentration to head in his side’s first goal on the stroke of half-time with one of his few touches. Substituted in the second half.
Like Remy, he spent much of his time on the pitch making runs down blind alleys or attempting to attack without support, but popped up with the equaliser five minutes from time with a thumping header that belittled his height.
- 20 M. Langerak
- 25 P. Owomoyela
Given a run out for the last half hour, but was largely unimpressive.
- 19 K. Großkreutz
Antônio da Silva
An early replacement for the injured Kehl, playing nearly two-thirds of the match, He proved to be a somewhat adequate deputy for the skipper, providing a solid base for his side to attack, but was a little trigger-happy with a few off-target long range efforts in the second half as Dortmund ran out of ideas.
- 10 Mohamed Zidan
Replaced Gotze at the start of the second half, and seemed the Dortmund player most likely to create an opening. Showed plenty of endeavour in the attacking third, and fashioned one or two great chances that his team-mates could not take advantage of.
- 1 G. Bracigliano
- 26 J. Sabo
Replaced Mbia for the second half and was solid, if not spectacular, playing his part in frustrating Dortmund.
- 12 C. Kaboré
Replaced Remy with 15 minutes to go and turned out to be an inspired substitution, sending his side into the knockout stages at the death with a fantastic individual goal, shimmying past two Dortmund players before curling the ball home from 18 yards out.
- 25 B. Omrani
Came on for Lucho Gonzalez with 23 minutes remaining and showed one or two encouraging touches on the ball, but was limited in his influence.