Frankfurt 1-1 Borussia Dortmund: Player Ratings as Haaland Absence Thwarts BVB

Max Parsons
Giovani Reyna salvaged a point for Dortmund away at Eintracht Frankfurt
Giovani Reyna salvaged a point for Dortmund away at Eintracht Frankfurt / DANIEL ROLAND/Getty Images
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Borussia Dortmund dropped Bundesliga points for the fourth time this season as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Eintracht Frankfurt.

BVB went into the game without talismanic forward Erling Haaland, who suffered a hamstring injury against Lazio in midweek, and in his absence, Julian Brandt stepped in to lead the line. Despite adapting the role to suit his own game, he couldn't provide the same impact as the Norwegian marksman and was largely disappointing.

As for the game itself, the hosts went in front inside 10 minutes as Daichi Kamada slotted past Roman Burki after some lackadaisical defending from Emre Can. Dortmund struggled to really get a foothold in the game as Frankfurt overloaded midfield to dominate the pairing of Axel Witsel and Mahmoud Dahoud, prompting Lucien Favre to make changes at half-time.

Dortmund were much improved in the second half and levelled things up through 18-year-old Giovanni Reyna. Favre introduced Youssoufa Moukoko late on, but he couldn't prevent the club from stumbling to their first draw in 28 Bundesliga games.

Enough of all that, let's get into the Dortmund ratings.


1. Goalkeeper and Defenders

Mats Hummels looked as composed as ever on the ball for Dortmund
Mats Hummels looked as composed as ever on the ball for Dortmund / DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Roman Burki (GK) - 6/10 - Was relatively untroubled throughout the game, and couldn't do much about the goal Dortmund conceded.

Emre Can (CB) - 7/10 - It was Can that played Daichi Kamada onside for Frankfurt's goal, but after that the German played out from the back confidently, and stepped into midfield after the break to support Axel Witsel well.

Mats Hummels (CB) - 7/10 - Another assured performance from Hummels. Sprayed the ball out of defence well and made a couple of world class tackles.

Dan- Axel Zagadou (CB) - 6/10 - On his first league start of the season, the 21-year old had a rather uninspiring game. He didn't shine brightly, but didn't make any mistakes either - so that's good, right?


2. Wing Backs & Midfielders

Axel Witsel managed the game in the second half
Axel Witsel managed the game in the second half / DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Mateu Morey (RWB) - 5/10 - Had an awful first half, giving Filip Kostic far too much space and conceding possession too many times. After the interval he got a grip and nullified the threat down Frankfurt's left.

Mahmoud Dahoud (CM) - 4/10 - Had a lot of ground to cover as Dortmund started with two midfielders, and looked completely over run until he came off at half time.

Axel Witsel (CM) - 7/10 - Had a difficult first half, but came out in the second and commanded the middle of the park as Favre altered the team's shape.

Nico Schulz (LWB) - 6/10 - The German was rather unnoticeable on the whole, but did make a crucial goal-saving challenge after five minutes.


3. Forwards

Jadon Sancho (RW) - 6/10 - Looked bright as always, but Sancho uncharacteristically lacked an end product and squandered possession regularly.

Julian Brandt (CF) - 3/10 - Failed to make an impact at all. Crowded out, uncomfortable in his role and desperate to get back out wide you'd imagine.

Giovanni Reyna (LW) - 8/10 - The American was Dortmund's bright spark throughout the match. Looked creative and threatening every time he came forward with the ball, equalising with a spectacular finish in the second half.


4. Substitutes

Youssoufa Moukoko (ST)- 6/10 - Great things are expected from the 16-year-old, and he did make Dortmund's attack look brighter with a few dangerous runs.

Jude Bellingham (CAM)- 7/10 - Helped swing the momentum in Dortmund's favour after replacing Brandt. Created space well, and was keen to press Frankfurt back with a number of forward runs.


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