BVB beat Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0 and took the lead in the Bundesliga. The winners and losers of the game as well as the grades and individual reviews of the Borussia Dortmund pros.
Take advantage of FC Bayern’s blunder? BVB succeeded this time. Despite the goal festival, a defensive routine takes center stage. A much-criticized striker, on the other hand, has probably finally overcome his jamming. The winners and losers of the game as well as all BVB players in the individual review.
Winner: Mats Hummels (BVB)
The 2014 world champion with comeback qualities: Despite a strong first half of the season, Hummels had slipped out of the starting line-up and had to follow Dortmund’s race to catch up from the bench at the beginning of the year. The central defender accepted his role without complaint and also cheered on his colleagues from the side. Now he’s showing how important he can continue to be for BVB’s championship ambitions.
Winner: Donyell Malen (BVB)
It took BVB an ultra-long start-up of a year and a half and was labeled a bad buy by many critics. But in the title final sprint of the 2022/23 season, the Dutchman can suddenly become the X factor. Malen has been convincing in the Dortmund offensive for weeks and has finally found the goalscoring instinct that distinguished him so much in Eindhoven. Six goals in the last five games – the winger is finally creating values that BVB had long hoped for from him.
Loser: Marco Reus (BVB)
Maximum penalty for the captain: Reus initially had to watch idly as his teammates secured the leap to the top of the table. When the BVB director was allowed onto the field, the game had long since been decided. No time to impress the fans. The discussions about a contract extension of the Dortmund veteran will continue.
Borussia Dortmund vs. Eintracht Frankfurt: The line-ups
Gregory Kobel: On the post with Kolo Muani’s attempt from a tight angle (27th). Can’t be beaten by Buta’s header either (34′). Luckily, when Eintracht playmaker Götze aimed a little too precisely just before the break. Didn’t have to intervene much in the second round. Note 3.
Julian Ryerson: Had some exciting duels with Ansgar Knauff on the right until the Dortmund loan was replaced. Very committed, but the flanks usually lacked the necessary precision. There’s a lot of room for improvement there. Grade: 3.5.
Mats Hummels: Strong game of the veteran. With a lot of overview, he made up for all speed deficits against Kolo Muani. With the rescue block against the free-standing Götze (22nd). Was then even allowed to be celebrated as a goalscorer – for the first time this season. Very intensively involved in the game structure. With the most ball actions of all BVB players. Rating: 1.5.
Nico Schlotterbeck: His return was good for BVB, he had a lot of ball actions. But after less than half an hour, the national defender had problems with his thigh. Extremely unlucky: Schlotterbeck got a free kick from Malen in the face. No rating.
Raphael Guerreiro: Starting point of the first hit. When Hummels made it 3-0, the assists king of the league increased his quota to a proud twelve assists. Again one of the best Dortmund. Grade: 2.
Emre Can: Collected countless diligence cards in defensive midfield. Not everything worked out, but mostly Can kept track of things or was able to pass the ball on to a teammate at the last second. Important role at BVB at the moment. Grade: 2.5.
Jude Bellingham: Again much, much grippier than last. Didn’t lose a ball. Was rewarded in the first round with a fine opening goal to make it 1-0 (19 th ) – quick turn, precise finish. Great pass also on Adeyemi after a good half hour. Had a second hit on foot just after the break. Grade: 2.5.
Julian Brandt: Let the ball continue before it was 1-0 – the fifth assist for Brandt this Bundesliga season. Otherwise with good ideas, but without the igniting spark. With far too many ball losses (15), often in the dangerous zones. Note 3.
Donyell Paint: The series lasts: In the fifth game in a row, the Dutchman scores at least one goal, this time even a brace. At 2-0 he stayed cool in front of Eintracht keeper Kevin Trapp, at 4-0 he showed precision. Again with great enthusiasm and now also with the necessary self-confidence for strong power dribbles on the wings. Rating: 1.5.
Karim Adeyemi: Carelessly forgave the 3-0 for BVB when he failed in a one-on-one duel against Trapp. In reverse also with some careless mistakes. But offensively so important for black and yellow. “Air Adeyemi” with the header (!) before the second goal and the perfect change of ends before the 3:0. The fourth hit also goes to his template account. Shortcoming: saw yellow again because of a swallow. Grade: 2.
Sebastien Haller: Had a difficult time against Eintracht’s defence, but made the best of it. Always ready to play. Strongest tackle from Borussia before the break and involved in making it 2-0. Also had a part in the fourth goal. In the end, the strength for more was missing. Grade: 2.5.
Niklas Sule: Had to help out for the injured Schlotterbeck in the 26th minute. Found the game well and unobtrusively strengthened the defence. Just let the one head shorter Götze bounce off after a good hour. Good block against Kolo Muani (65th). Note 3.
Marco Reus: The captain was allowed to play for Brandt in the last 20 minutes. But the game was already decided by then. Too stubborn in two or three scenes. No rating.
Marius Wolf: From the 70th minute for Guerreiro on the field. Destroyed a promising counterattack by Dortmund because his cross pass was far too bad (89th). No rating.
Salih Ozcan: Came in the final quarter of an hour because midfield engine Bellingham was revving up and needed a break. Unobtrusive and without errors. No rating.
Youssoufa Moukoko: Brief deployment in the last thirteen minutes because Haller’s tank was empty. Couldn’t stage himself. No rating.