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MOTM Poll: Stoppage Time Winner Secures BVB All Three Points on the Road

Borussia Dortmund win a vital match against Mainz in the OPEL Arena

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There are few constants in this world: The sun will rise and set each day, politicians will bicker, birds will migrate... and Borussia Dortmund will have your heart racing with one dramatic match after another. Today was no different. Borussia Dortmund were level with Mainz at 1-1 by the fourth minute of play. While at first, I anticipated a goalfest like the 4-3 win three days ago. No, this was a lackluster match all-around.

The commentators love to point out that teams like Dortmund need to “grind out” these games against weaker sides. Well I hope Gio Reyna’s last minute goal shuts some of them up because Dortmund did “grind out” this game and deservedly won three vital points.

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Dortmund newbie, Julian Ryerson dribbles the ball
Photo by Markus Gilliar - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images

It wasn’t pretty, it rarely is, but here are FTW’s nominations for Man of the Match:

Julian Ryerson

After some questionable defending in the first couple of minutes, Dortmund’s newest Norwegian played an impressive attacking role, cancelling out Mainz’s early lead. In just his second appearance for BVB, Ryerson scored a goal and produced a strong, diversified performance. Whenever he had the ball attacking plays began to form. So far, Sebastian Kehl’s latest signing is proving his worth.

Gio Reyna

The American Dream is back and better than ever! That’s two consecutive match-winning goals from Gio. Although this goal didn't have the wow-factor of Sunday’s, it proved the difference between one and three points in what is shaping to be a tight race at the top of the Bundesliga table. Perhaps Gio’s role as super-sub will persist, given his history with injuries?

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Bromance
Photo by Markus Gilliar - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images

Sebastien Haller

The thing I like best about Haller is that he’s an unselfish striker. In just his second game back from cancer, he assisted Reyna’s game-winner. Haller’s ball-handling is so impressive moving forward. He’s in constant motion, he can be scrappy and he’s a joy to watch.

Haller’s pairing with Reyna and JBG has me more excited than Moukoko, Malen and Adeyemi. Assuming Haller’s fitness continues to improve, we BVB fans are in for a fun Rückrunde.

Emre Can

I questioned why Emre Can was starting this match over Mo Dahoud, who returned to the bench after his shoulder injury earlier in the season, but I was pleasantly surprised by Can’s performance. He defended well, he tackled well, he moved the ball well, and he had one of the highest passing rates of Dortmund’s players. Not long ago Emre Can was a liability, guaranteeing at least a yellow card in nearly every match, but this was a mature showing from the veteran.

Poll

Who was YOUR Man of the Match?

  • 34%
    Julian Ryerson
    (57 votes)
  • 42%
    Gio Reyna
    (71 votes)
  • 10%
    Sebastien Haller
    (18 votes)
  • 12%
    Emre Can
    (21 votes)
167 votes total Vote Now

Honorable Mentions

Niklas Süle, Julian Brandt

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Two wins from Two games since the season returned.
Photo by Markus Gilliar - GES Sportfoto/Getty Images

Your Thoughts?

How fast was your heart racing between Gio’s goal and the final whistle?