Borussia Dortmund needed a result today, and they juuuuust about managed it. We were all making passive aggressive quips about the BVB way, and this being normal order resumed, as they did their best to throw away two points, but Erling Haaland had other ideas.
The first half wasn’t the best, but things really kicked into action in the second half, with Gio Reyna scoring the first of the five goals that came in a slightly wild 45 minutes of football. I need about half hour to decompress, so here are today’s nominations for man of the match:
There’s been a few questions about Malen as he has struggled a little to start the season, but I thought he was really lively today. I think his efforts deserved a goal, but Oliver Baumann kept him out. Hopefully this performance will give him some confidence, and ease any concerns that fans might have about his quality.
Big Jude is a precious, precious boy and I love him. His goal should have been the match winner, and it was a beautiful strike, but BVB like a dramatic finish. You know how it is.
Kobel was a huge presence in goal tonight. He came up with some big saves when Dortmund needed him most, and that’s something we haven’t seen from our goalkeepers in recent years.
He had a few half chances throughout the game, and he was unable to convert any of them, but he showed up in the last moment, and got BVB over the line through sheer force of will. I don’t think he necessarily deserves a nomination for his performance across the whole game, but his last minute winner earns this place.
Who was your Man of the Match?
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