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“The best striker in the world” – Player ratings as Lewandowski hat-trick halts Haaland and haunts Dortmund in Bayern comeback win

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 19:56, 6 March 2021

In an explosive night of football, Bayern Munich came from 0-2 down to win 4-2 against Borussia Dortmund and go top of the Bundesliga.

Here’s how the players rated at Allianz Arena:

Bayern Munich

Manuel Neuer – 5 – Completely helpless on the two Dortmund goals and had basically nothing to do afterwards.

Niklas Sule – 6 – An obvious monster at centre-back but not as dominant at right-back. Nowhere to be seen as Dortmund played around him for their second goal.

Jerome Boateng – 4 – Unfortunately deflected Haaland’s opener into the net and lost track of the Norwegian for his second as well. His second-half was just as eventful as he injured Haaland with a tackle and then injured himself cutting out a pass that would have surely led to a third Dortmund goal. Actually was very proactive in cutting out Dortmund passes but let himself down.

David Alaba – 6 – Reasonably solid.

Alphonso Davies – 7 – Bright in attack and his defensive weaknesses weren’t really tested by Dortmund. Nice assist for Bayern’s fourth.

Joshua Kimmich – 8 – Controlled the tempo of the match, repeatedly moving the ball forward and getting Bayern into dangerous positions. Had more passes in the Dortmund half than any Dortmund player had on the whole pitch.

Leroy Goretzka – 8 – Very impressive driving forward. Scored the game-turning goal for Bayern with a ridiculous volley.

Leroy Sané – 7 – Created Bayern’s first goal with a sensational bit of skill. Besides that he wasn’t as dangerous as you’d expect although his dummy for Bayern’s fourth goal was just delightful.

Kingsley Coman – 6 – Had little impact in the first 40 minutes but won Bayern’s penalty when he was brought down.

Thomas Muller – 7 – Back in the line-up and back linking play like an absolute wizard. He wasn’t fully sharp and you could tell as a lot of moves were just off. He’ll get there, though.

Robert Lewandowski – 9 – Absolutely devastating. Unleashed 9 shots on Dortmund, three of which went in. His first was a tap-in, his second a nerveless penalty and his third was an absolutely beautiful strike from outside the box. His 16th goal in 13 games against his old club. This was a casually cruel performance, where he almost effortlessly helped claw Bayern back from the bring and lead them to victory, asserting his dominance as the best striker in the world.

Substitutes:

Serge Gnabry (for Coman 66′) – 7 – Came on and worked his socks off in both attack and defence.

Javi Martinez (for Boateng 70′) – 6 – Had little to do but was still solid.

Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting (for 90’+1) – n/a – Came on late.

Lucas Hernandez (for Sané 90’+1) – n/a – Came on late.


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Borussia Dortmund

Marwin Hitz – 5 – Could do nothing about Bayern’s first three goals but was a bit flat-footed for their fourth. However he did play well overall despite being given little protection by his team-mates.

Emre Can – 7 – A sublime switch of play in the lead-up to Dortmund’s second goal was maybe the creative highlight of the night for Dortmund. The German also made 3 tackles, 2 clearances and 2 interceptions to win the ball back a team-high 10 times. Was fouled by Sané in the lead-up to Bayern’s third, but the referee neglected to make the call.

Mats Hummels – 7 – Led the Dortmund rearguard well (8 clearances and 3 interceptions) but at times his command over his team-mates faltered and unfortunately Bayern pounced on two of those moments.

Dan-Axel Zagadou – 4 – Abysmal defending on Dortmund’s first goal standing two yards deeper than his team-mates playing Lewandowski’s onside for the goal that ignited Bayern’s comeback. Was otherwise impressive but that one moment turned the game.

Thomas Meunier – 4 – Helped out defensively but blew his golden chance in attack when he botched a cut-back to make it 3-0 Dortmund. The German side had only 2 shots in the 82 minutes of football after that.

Mahmoud Dahoud – 4 – Did not protect and take care of the ball as you’d want him to and then conceded the penalty with a stupid and needless lunge on a retreating Kingsley Coman. Completely self-inflicted misery.

Thomas Delaney – 6 – Worked hard to shield his defence.

Nico Schulz – 5 – Protected his flank well for the most part but got absolutely turned inside out by Leroy Sané in the lead-up to Dortmund’s opener. In attack he looked good, playing a part in Dortmund’s beautiful second goal.

Marco Reus – 5 – Ineffective.

Thorgan Hazard – 7 – Got a lovely assist for Dortmund’s second, unselfishly squaring it for Haaland. But he clearly wasn’t match fit and faded from the match soon after.

Erling Haaland – 8 – Thundered Bayern into an early lead with a long-range effort and doubled it a few minutes later with a smart tap-in. Bullied the Bayern centre-backs whenever he got the ball, which unfortunately for Dortmund was very rarely after those fiery first 15 minutes. Had to leave the field early after being injured in a skirmish by Jerome Boateng.

Substitutes:

Steffen Tigges (for Haaland 60′) – 4 – Came on for Haaland and had almost no impact into the game except to make the godawful clearance that all but set-up Goretzka for Bayern’s go-ahead goal.

Julian Brandt (for Hazard 60′) – 5 – Had precious little impact.

Jude Bellingham (for Delaney 70′) – 5 – Couldn’t get into the game.

Mateu Morey (for Zagadou 70′) – 5 – Whipped in one nice cross but that’s it.

Reinier (for Reus 76′) – n/a – Came on late.

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