A virtual spectator for most of the game and apart from a first-half shot by Ekici, was never tested outside of the routine
Relatively quiet game for the Germany international as he played the role of covering centre back, preferring to sit deep and let Subotic press forward to confront the Bremen attack. Kept things secure with some solid interceptions.
Looked the part on the left, as he picked his moments to overlap well. A sublime cross right into the heart of the danger area led to Kehl smacking the crossbar with a header. However, he was put clean through once on the opposite flank and made the questionable decision to cross instead of shoot, which ended up wasting the chance.
Imposing display at the heart of the hosts’ defence, with a critical slide tackle to halt Rosenberg on a Bremen counterattack exemplifying his desire to halt whatever the visitors could throw together in the attacking third. A fantastic clearing header from a dangerous freekick only further solidified his performance, even if his effort was a bit over zealous at times.
As is typically his modus operandi during home league games, the Polish fullback remained camped in opposition territory for much of the contest, and his marauding increased as the game progressed. In his own half, a timely interception from a Rosenberg cross halted a sure-fire Trybull tap in, but a risky challenge to halt Ekici on a Bremen break saw him enter the referee’s notebook.
Dynamic and industrious on the flanks in the opening half, as he showed his trademark willingness to chase down lost causes and provide an outlet on the flanks. One fantastic slipped ball set up Schmelzer for a great opening. His endeavor did not wane after the break, but with Bremen’s increased solidarity, he found openings harder to come by.
Industrious in the centre of the park, as he charged around to disrupt Bremen whenever they looked to get themselves together in midfield. A thumping header bounced down onto the goal line off the bar after a great pass by Schmelzer.
Jekyll and Hyde performance in midfield as he stood in for the flu-stricken Sven Bender. Set-up Kagawa’s early goal with a clever one-touch assist and forced a great save from Mielitz, but a lot of his riskier passes did not find their intended recipient. Additionally, he showed the propensity to switch off from his defensive duties which allowed Bremen a few chances to break.
Though he initiated the opener with an incisive cross that caught the Bremen defence unawares, he was not at his industrious best as he often deferred to his teammates when presented with an opportunity to attack.
Scored what turned out to be the game winner, on his birthday no less, after only eight minutes with the simplest of headers into an open goal. In a game where Dortmund’s relative dominance was stymied by a sometimes ponderous approach in the offensive third, his lightning quick feet stood out and caused the most problems for Bremen. Struck the post in the first half after a swift dart into space but otherwise, his radar was off as he sliced a few great openings off target.
Fluffed his lines at his one real opening as he fired high wide from a great position just inside the area. Otherwise, he was never able to click into top gear and though he functioned decently enough with his hold up play on a few BVB attacks, his showing was decidedly sub-par.
Dortmund were somewhat wasteful on the day, meaning that he was not as busy as he might have expected. Caught in two minds for Kagawa’s goal, but was solid otherwise, with a great save on Gundogan the highlight of his performance.
Appeared ready to collapse like a house of cards in the opening exchanges as Dortmund started the match with a bang, but was able to steady himself defensively as the match wore on. Still a bit shaky in the odd moment, and was booked for scything down Grosskreutz.
Started the game in a determined fashion, and looked his side’s best defender in the opening exchanges as BVB attacked. Was not tested as much after the interval, but still held his own, and did not allow Lewandowski much room to breathe.
With flu still hanging over his head, he never really managed to sort himself out today, as he was caught out of position with regularity, which allowed Dortmund the periodical opening down his side. His confusion at the back was too much for Thomas Schaaf, who hauled him off after about an hour.
Hit or miss at the back. On one hand, he played his part, as in his diligent run to track Kuba on a promising counterattack from BVB. On the other hand, he carelessly turned his back on Lewandowski as the Pole found himself facing goal in a great position.
Isolated out wide as he was rarely able to get on the ball and attempt to exploit the occasional gaps that appeared. Never able to make his mark on the game.
Never got into his stride, as the work-rate of the Dortmund midfield simply pressured him into coughing up possession on a handful of instances. Showed some nice touches in the second-half but overall, his display could only be termed as submissive.
Cynically brought down Lewandowski to stop a Dortmund attack dead in its tracks for which he was shown yellow, but otherwise, had a decent game as he was disciplined and generally able to keep things ticking in midfield whenever Bremen were in possession, especially in the second-half.
A hopeful try from range on a rare Bremen break tested Weidenfeller, and he showed intermittent signs in attack thereafter. However, they were not much more than flashes as Bremen were unable to get much going in the offensive third.
The young midfielder came within inches of a tap in but for a Piszczek interception. At times, found himself overwhelmed in the middle with the likes of Kagawa able to find space in the first half. Like the rest of his teammates, however, he buckled down after the break to generally contain BVB.
Looked his side’s most dangerous outlet in the attacking third, as his pace on the break was a great option to relieve pressure on his side and did end up causing Dortmund a few moments of concern. His threat admittedly came only in flashes, but his directness remained an asset throughout.
- 20 M. Langerak
- 27 Felipe Santana
Came on with a quarter of an hour to go but could not provide the offensive spark to increase BVB's lead.
Given 15 minutes on the field and helped further solidify the midfield in the closing stages.
- 7 M. Leitner
- 18 L. Barrios
- 33 C. Vander
- 2 S. Boenisch
- 16 M. Silvestre
Came on as a second half substitute and denied Kuba an open goal with a fantastic challenge.
Never really made his mark in his quarter of an hour appearance in the game.
- 36 L. Thy
Came on for the injured Prodl and was not put under too much pressure by Dortmund