Borussia Dortmund’s injured list reads longer than a CVS receipt leaving the starting lineup to consist of traditionally second and third string players. After a crushing defeat at midweek, the boys were anxious to return to winning ways. With the notable absence of BVB darlings Erling Haaland and Thomas Meunier, which players would steal the spotlight? Read on for today’s MOTM noms!
As match commentator Kevin Hatchard observed, “Center backs aren’t supposed to be able to do that,” but this is Mats Freaking Hummels we’re talking about. His goals always seem to be effortless and stunning; this goal was no different. The second goal gave the team some breathing room as Hummels celebrated à la Chuck Noland. And, yes, we’re going to forgive him for the conceded penalty.
His insane passing accuracy and defensive prowess easily yielded his best performance this season. Gregor Kobel was all of us as Can stepped up to the line to take the penalty shot. The starting keeper had his back turned to the action, unable to watch. But, Emre “Iceman” Can delivered the opening goal to the delight of his teammates and fans.
Bellingham’s style is fiery and passionate. Throughout the match he repeatedly put himself in position and was seen raising his arms, calling for the ball. His efforts resulted beautifully when, after a lovely pass from Skipper Marco Reus, his dazzling footwork allowed him to thread through the Bielefeld defense for BVB’s third goal.
El Capitan had a fine day on the pitch with some essential defensive work to help bring secure three points for the squad. In addition to that, his offensive work paid off in spades as he put himself in position to provide a precise assist to Bellingham. That goal all but guaranteed a vital away win for BVB.
Those are our nominees and we’re sticking to ‘em. Cast your vote below!
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