Borussia Dortmund defeated Union Berlin at Signal Iduna Park by 3-1 as they occupy the second spot in the standings; a point behind table toppers Bayern Munich. Raphael Guerreiro broke the deadlock for the home side and the lead was extended by a goal from Haaland and an own goal by Friedrich.
Kruse scored for Union Berlin from the twelve yards to give the visitors something to play for in the game. However, Borussia Dortmund held on to their lead and climbed up to the table.
Without further ado, let’s have a glance at player ratings.
Gregor Kobel 7/10
Great distribution from the keeper and made some good clearances. Good awareness to deal with the attacks from the wings by Union Berlin.
Raphael Guerreiro 8.5/10
Man of the match performance from the left-back. Scored a cracker of a goal into the top corner. He was breathtaking going forward from his wing.
Mats Hummels 7/10
Solid at the back and distributed the ball well. Did very well in winning duels against Awoniyi. Helped the team in building up the attacks. Assisted Haaland for his second goal.
Manuel Akanji 7.5/10
Great positional awareness to deny Kruse. Made some key blocks and interceptions to keep them in the game. Aerially he was very good which helped Dortmund defensively.
Thomas Meunier 7/10
Commanded the right-hand side of the defense. Won duels against Kruse and distributed the ball well. Provided an assist to Haaland’s goal.
Jude Bellingham 6.5/10
Retained his place after a stunning UCL performance. However, he struggled a bit in this game and lacked pace in the counterattacks.
Axel Witsel 6.5/10
Provided much-needed stability in the middle of the park. Combined very well with Raphael and Dahud to set up the attacks and build up the momentum in the game.
M. Dahoud 6.5
Quite similar to his counterpart Witsel, he helped the team in building up the counterattacks. Lacked in creating from the middle of the park.
Marco Reus 8/10
Reus was immense from the right side of the pitch. He created a plethora of chances from the flank and was a constant threat from the wing. Could have scored by himself from the wing when put on through.
Donyell Malen 6/10
Quite an uneventful game from the forward. He tried to create and make things happen from the left but lacked the end product.
Erling Haaland 9/10
This man just can’t stop scoring. He scored the first goal with a well-taken header and scored his second with a neat left-footed strike from the box into the right bottom corner.
Thorgan Hazard 7/10
A short cameo from the Belgian who lacked the time to score or assist.
M. Wolf N/A
M. Pongracic N/A
Andreas Luthe 5/10
He could have got something and could have saved Haaland’s header. Sloppy distribution at times cost Berlin. However, he made some good saves later in the game from the shots out of the box.
Scored an own goal. Made some sloppy passes as he had 66% of pass accuracy. Haaland won many aerial duels against him.
Robin Knoche 6/10
Distributed well early in the game. However as the game went on, Dortmund’s attack got the better of him.
Marco Reus did give him some difficult moments. Lost the ball on many occasions which cause counter-attacks.
Niko Giesselman 6/10
Tried to lead the attack from the left flank but Meunier made good interceptions and block. Made some inside runs which helped in the attacking sense.
Rani Khedira 6/10
His effort from outie just went wide. Got into some good attacking positions but lacked end product.
Quite similar to Khedira, an end product was missing in the final third. He made some good lobbed deliveries to Kruise.
Julian Ryerson 6.5/10
He was very lively in the first half. Surged forward from the right side but some of the crosses were poor.
Levin Oztunali 7/10
Promising game from the midfielder. He got into very good positions and picked up the pockets. Provided service to Kruise and Taiwo.
Taiwo Ayoniyi 6.5/10
Lacked a killer instinct in the box. Stroke a well taken shot from the right foot which went just over the bar.
Max Kruse 7.5/10
Scored from a penalty spot. A constant threat in the box. He won four out of eight duels and provided two key passes.
A. Voglsammer 7/10
Headed the ball in from a very close range. The instant impact from the sub.
K. Endo N/A
Tried to stabilize the game in the midfield but lacked the time.
Genki Haraguchi N/A