Dortmund players Rated from the 1-3 defeat to Real Madrid

Player Ratings Borussia Dortmund

Here’s how Borussia Dortmund’s players fared in the 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League-

Burki- 7.5

Made a couple of brilliant saves, the first being from Carvajal’s shot after a super run, and the second being from Ramos’s bullet header from a Kroos cross down to his right. His distribution was fantastic as well, and he began many swift attacks with inch-perfect goal kicks. Couldn’t have done much for any of the goals, and it was his defence that let him down.

Piszczek- 6.5

Made a crucial interception to deny Bale who was played through by Ronaldo. Wasn’t too solid in defence apart from that, but then it’s difficult for any player to keep up when Ronaldo and Bale are switching positions so regularly.

Sokratis- 5.5

Shaky performance from the Greek defender who’s usually been pretty reliable this season. Struggled to deal with Real Madrid’s pace at times, and regularly kept losing Bale and Isco during counter-attacks. Could’ve surely done better with a fit Bartra by his side.

Toprak- 5.5

Another player who had a game to forget. Was regularly found out of position and maybe he was following Bosz’s tactics, but he shouldn’t have been so high up the pitch when he knows that he cannot deal with the opposition’s pace well.

Toljan- 5

Struggled to keep Ronaldo quiet on the right wing. It’s understandable to be ineffective against the world’s best player, but it’s a different thing to be beaten so easily by a fellow full-back Carvajal, who mercilessly rounded him off in the first half and it could’ve been even more embarrassing had Burki not made the save.

Castro- 7

One of the few home players who had a good game. Was tenacious in the midfield and was the most energetic on the pitch. Worked hard to win possession but it is obviously not easy against the world’s best midfield trio. Rarely made any mistakes tonight.

Sahin- 6

Was effective going forwards but couldn’t do what he’s best at- protecting his back line during opposition’s counter-attacks. Didn’t commit any major error, though.

Gotze- 6

Below-par performance from the midfielder. Should’ve been more active in attack since both sides were equally good in attack. His through balls were intercepted many times in the first half, so maybe that’s why he looked hesitant later on.

Yarmolenko- 6.5

His pace and direct approach made it difficult for Nacho to contain him. However, his moves didn’t bear any fruit as most of the times he was either halted by Ramos or his teammates fluffed his passes in the final third.

Philipp- 6

Another disappointing display, but it was mostly because of Carvajal’s solid defending rather than the winger’s poor attacking. His best moment came in the 21st minute when he superbly handled Burki’s kick, skilfully beat Varane and put Aubameyang through on goal. However, the sublime move didn’t come to anything as Ramos dealt well with the Gabonese striker.

Aubameyang- 6

Wasn’t composed in front of goal, and even though he did score, he was culpable of having missed at least three to four decent chances as well. Wasn’t solid and determined enough and gave the ball away to Varane and Ramos too easily on more than one occasion.

SUBSTITUTES

Dahoud- 6

Took risks a couple of times but was easily stripped off possession, so he stuck to his basics in the final few minutes and defended well against Madrid’s counters.

Weigl- 5.5

Booked for an untimely challenge. Didn’t have much to do as Madrid shut down shop after Ronaldo’s second of the night.

Pulisic- NA

Came on too late to make an impact.

Subs Not Used- Weidenfeller, Zagadou, Bartra, Kagawa.