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Dortmund 0-1 Bayern Munich: Full player ratings as ‘cheat code’ Davies helps end BVB’s 38-game streak

By Chris Smith

Published: 19:32, 26 May 2020

Bayern Munich took an iron grip on the Bundesliga title with a 1-0 win away at fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday evening.

A wonderful Joshua Kimmich chip shortly before half-time was enough to separate the two teams, despite Dortmund looking threatening throughout and playing some wonderful football.

It’s the first time Dortmund have failed to score at home in the Bundesliga since January 2018, while Bayern’s clean sheet ends their nemesis’ 38-game scoring streak.

So, how did the players rate at Signal Iduna Park?

Borussia Dortmund

Roman Burki – 4 – As much as Kimmich’s chip was sublime, Roman Burki was caught completely unaware and totally out of position. Even so, he still managed to get a hand to the effort and really should have kept it out.

Lukasz Piszczek – 7 – Might well be his final Die Klassiker and although he ended up on the losing side, Piszczek can be very happy with his afternoon’s work. Made a goalline clearance from Serge Gnabry’s effort in the first half and looked equal to everything Bayern threw at him.

Mats Hummels – 8 – Excelled in his personal duel with Robert Lewandowski, keeping the Polish goalscoring machine quiet for most of the match with some brave blocks and intelligent defending.

Manuel Akanji – 6 – Was somewhat wasteful when trying to switch play, missing Achraf Hakimi and firing the ball out of play. Was solid enough defensively.

Achraf Hakimi – 5 – Didn’t get close to hitting the levels we’re used to seeing from him, thanks in part to another fantastic performance from Alphonso Davies, who had Hakimi’s flank totally locked down.

Thomas Delaney – 4 – Failed with two attempts to clear the ball during the build-up to Bayern’s opener and was hooked at half-time.

Mahmoud Dahoud – 6 – Was the better of Dortmund‘s two starting central midfielders but ultimately lost the battle against Kimmich, Leon Goretzka and Co.

Raphael Guerreiro – 6 – Tried to push forward whenever he could and delivered a few dangerous balls into the box but didn’t replicate the superb display he put in against Schalke in Dortmund‘s last home match.

Thorgan Hazard – 6 – Failed to connect with the likes of Julian Brandt and Erling Haaland in the fashion we’ve seen him do so often this season.

Julian Brandt – 6 – Played a few wonderful passes but wasn’t his usual, decisive self. Replaced by Jadon Sancho at half-time as Lucien Favre looked to introduce a quicker, more direct attacking threat.

Erling Haaland – 5 – Was played in on a number of occasions but looked strangely nervous in front of goal. Substituted late on with an injury to finish off what was a frustrating afternoon for the Norwegian sensation.

Subs: 

Jadon Sancho (for Brandt, 45 minutes) – 4 – Looked terribly sloppy following his half-time introduction and failed to assert himself in the game.

Emre Can (for Delaney, 45 minutes) – 6 – Offered far more in terms of legs and attacking intent than Delaney during the second half.

Giovanni Reyna (for Haaland, 72 minutes) – 5 – Replaced the injured Haaland but didn’t worry Bayern too much.

Mario Gotze (for Piszczek, 80 minutes) – 6 – Had some bright moments during his cameo appearance but wasn’t able to find that much-needed equaliser against his former club.

Axel Witsel (for Dahoud, 85 minutes) – 5 – Didn’t get enough time to change the game. How Dortmund could have done with him in the middle from the start in this one.

Bayern Munich

Manuel Neuer – 6 – Was typically proactive in coming off his line to sweep behind the Bayern defence, but almost landed his teammates in trouble on a number of occasions with some questionable clearances.

Benjamin Pavard – 7 – Davies rightly gets a ton of credit but Pavard certainly deserves a nod of recognition here. As he has done throughout this season, the Frenchman offered brilliant defensive balance when Davies charges forward, while Pavard is no mug in the final third himself.

Jerome Boateng – 8 – Has come in for a lot of stick in recent months but Boateng was absolutely fantastic here. The veteran centre-back made a vital goalline clearance from Haaland early on and ended the first half with a match-high four interceptions and three blocks. Didn’t let up after the break, either, although he was lucky to get away with a handball when blocking a Haaland effort.

David Alaba – 7 – Shuffled across well to cover Davies’ forward runs, not that the Canadian youngster needed it. Measured defensively and proactive in possession, progressing the ball forward brilliantly for Bayern.

Alphonso Davies – 9 – Another ridiculous performance from the most eye-catching teenager on the planet right now. Made more sprints (42) than any other player on the pitch and clocked a match-high top speed of 35.27km/h as he charged up and down the left flank. Was creative in the final third and rock-solid defensively as Dortmund tried and failed to exploit any space he left when venturing forward.

Joshua Kimmich – 9 – Beat Haaland to the ball on the edge of the Dortmund box during the build-up to his wonderfully executed chip. Superb in possession throughout and was always looking to slip the likes of Thomas Muller and Lewandowski in behind the Dortmund defence.

Leon Goretzka – 7 – A wonderful engine in the midfield for Bayern, covering an incredible amount of ground and dominating Dortmund both on and off the ball.

Kingsley Coman – 6 – Used his pace to test Guerreiro and always looked threatening, even if his final ball was amiss.

Thomas Muller – 6 – No decisive moments this time for Muller, who has improved massively this season. Still, kept Dortmund‘s backline on high alert with his clever movement.

Serge Gnabry – 6 – Wasn’t particularly interested in helping Davies defensively and was given licence to stay high up the pitch. Pinned Hakimi back well even if he didn’t threaten too much himself.

Robert Lewandowski – 5 – Was kept quiet by a superb defensive display from Hummels and was reduced to shots from distance.

Subs: 

Ivan Perisic (for Coman, 73 minutes) – 6 – Replaced Coman to offer a fresh counter-attacking threat for the final quarter.

Lucas Hernandez (for Boateng, 85 minutes) – 6 – Replaced the tiring Boateng late on.

Javi Martinez (for Gnabry, 87 minutes) – N/A – A late replacement for Gnabry as Hansi Flick looked to lock up shop.

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