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“They just couldn’t live with him” – Full player ratings as Bayern beat Dortmund in dynamic Klassiker clash

By Muhammad Butt

Published: 20:06, 7 November 2020 | Updated: 9:36, 30 March 2021

In an open night of football, Bayern Munich beat Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.

The result sends Bayern top of the Bundesliga and gives then consecutive away wins against their rivals for the first time in 50 years.

Here’s how the players rated at Westfalenstadion:

Borussia Dortmund

Roman Burki – 7 – Made several massive stops to try and keep Bayern out. May have even saved Alaba’s free-kick had Hummels not ran into his path to stop him.

Thomas Meunier – 4 – Awful defending of David Alaba’s free-kick. Steps away from the wall which was bad enough but then turned his back on the shot, allowing it to deflect nicely off his back and spin into the net. Wasn’t good enough in attack either.

Manuel Akanji – 6 – A genuinely impressive display from the Swiss centre-back as he covered for his less mobile partner. However Akanji’s weak tackle attempt on Leroy Sané allowed Bayern to score their game-winner, blotting their copybook.

Mats Hummels – 4 – Sloppy defending for what looked like Bayern’s first goal as he lost Lewandowski, sloppy defending for what was Bayern’s first goal as he retreated onto the line and blocked Roman Burki from diving for the ball, and finally sloppy defending for Bayern’s second goal as he lost track of Lewandowski and let him get his header off unmarked. Not the best night for the ex-Bayern man.

Raphael Guerreiro – 8 – A superb display as Guerreiro provided constant width on the left and was the most creative player on the park, laying on an utterly absurd 8 chances for team-mates. Unsurprisingly set-up both of Dortmund’s goals, one with a low flat cross to Reus and the second with a delicious scoop pass to send Erling Haaland streaming through.

Thomas Delaney – 4 – Was in the team to protect the defence and did precious little of that. Lost the ball (9) more times than he won it back (5). Unsurprisingly subbed off.

Axel Witsel – 7 – A hard-working display at the heart of midfield. Witsel had to contend with Leon Goretzka and just about managed it.

Jadon Sancho – 5 – Not at his best but played some delicious balls in behind the Bayern defence. Once for Dortmund’s opener, another that should have seen Dortmund retake the lead.

Marco Reus – 7 – A sublime finish to give Dortmund the lead but marked his copybook down by missing two phenomenal chances to score in the second-half; goals that would have drawn Dortmund level or given them a real chance to win the game.

Gio Reyna – 7 – So elusive, Bayern could never get hold of him with some nice passes and runs. Missed a good chance to score but was otherwise impressive,.

Erling Haaland – 7 – Unreal movement, pace and power. Missed good chances to score and messed up a simple cross just before Lewandowski gave Bayern the lead. A frustrating evening, possibly doubly so that when he did finally get his goal, dancing around Neuer, Dortmund couldn’t use it to get level.

Substitutes:

Jude Bellingham (for Delaney 60′) – 6 – Added a lot of cut and thrust to Dortmund’s play. Missed a good chance to equalise right at the death, however, heading too softly at Neuer after an unreal Guerreiro cross.

Thorgan Hazard (for Reyna 69′) – 6 – Looked bright and sharp, but couldn’t find a way past Neuer.

Julian Brandt (for Sancho 69′) – 5 – Didn’t add much.

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Bayern Munich

Manuel Neuer – 8 – Made some big stops. Swept up behind his defence. Another mountainous performance from the best goalkeeper in the world. Will he ever slip up?

Bouna Sarr – 4 – Got nowhere near Reyna or Sancho or anyone, basically. Offered nothing in attack.

Jerome Boateng – 5 – Could not live with Erling Haaland’s movement. Constantly exposed, albeit he did make 3 blocks.

David Alaba – 7 – A well-struck free-kick was deflected in to draw Bayern level.

Lucas Hernandez – 7 – Not the most adventurous game from the full-back but he was in full combat mode to prevent Dortmund incursions down his flank. 3 tackles and 3 clearances tops any Bayern defender.

Leon Goretzka – 8 – A powerful performance at the heart of midfield as always. With Kimmich going down in the first-half there was even more onus on Goretzka to play well and he did just that. Didn’t need to see a tonne of the ball to have a genuine influence on the game either; no Bayern player made more tackles (3), clearances (3), interceptions (4) nor regained possession as often (9).

Goretzka is a true box-to-box midfielder who recalls the great Michael Ballack with his absurd combination of size, skill and stamina. Dortmund could provide answers for most of Bayern’s weapons but they had nothing that could properly counter Leon Goretzka. They just couldn’t live with him.

Joshua Kimmich – 4 – Lucky to avoid getting sent off for an ugly foul on Erling Haaland that prevented a 1-v-1 for the striker. However injured himself making that tackle and had to be subbed.

Kingsley Coman – 6 – A lively presence in attack, pushing Dortmund back repeatedly.

Thomas Muller – 5 – A nice flick in the lead-up to Alaba’s goal and a good header that Burki saved was about the sum total of his impact on the game. A quiet night albeit one full of hard-work. Lost possession an astonishing 27 times!

Serge Gnabry – 6 – Lovely run and assist for Bayern’s opening goal, albeit one that was disallowed. Bamboozled Meunier with his movement on more than one occasion.

Robert Lewandowski – 8 – A genuinely tremendous headed finish to give Bayern the lead. Lewandowski just guided the ball into the back of the net from an absurd angle with an almost insulting ease. He was a constant threat against the Dortmund defence and could have had a hat-trick on the night but had two further goals ruled out for offside calls. Late in the day he got a nice assist for the game-winning goal, feeding Sané.

Substitutes:

Corentin Tolisso (for 36′) – 7 – Came on to replace the injured Kimmich and Bayern didn’t skip a beat with him in there.

Javi Martinez (for Boateng 69′) – 5 – Was supposed to help stiffen the defence. Didn’t.

Leroy Sané (for Coman 69′) – 7 – Ultimately won Bayern the game with a fabulous finish in his second-half cameo.

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