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Match Ratings: Dortmund Fail to Deliver in Augsburg

One goal from Donyell Malen wasn’t enough.

FC Augsburg v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga Photo by Stefan Matzke - sampics/Corbis via Getty Images

It was an underwhelming evening in the WWK Arena as Dortmund failed to take maximum points home from Augsburg. Ermedin Demirović opened the scoring halfway through first half before Donny Malen equalized twelve minutes later. The match ended in a stalemate. Edin Terzic and Dortmund fans will be disappointed with the result.

Starting XI

Gregor Kobel

Zac: 7

Kobel had very little chance against the goal from Demirović, and otherwise manned the goal well.

Joey: 6

Hard to blame Kobel for the goal. His passing was decent.

Thomas Meunier

Zac: 6

Whether Meunier defended well or Augsburg preferred to attack down the left is up to interpretation, but Meunier didn’t bring himself any attention.

Joey: 5

I feel a bit indifferent to Meunier. His ground duals were terrible, but he did launch a couple of decent crosses into the box.

Niklas Süle

Zac: 5

Nothing particularly special, but competent enough over two matches to deserve far more minutes.

Joey: 7

Süle connected ninety of ninety-five attempted passes. He’s good at something the rest of the team is struggling with. I expect Süle to start again Tuesday.

Nico Schlotterbeck

Zac: 4

A bit erratic again. Was at fault for the goal, no matter what anyone says about the refereeing. Needs a winter break.

Joey: 5

Not the best from Nico, and he was wrestled off the ball far too easily for a centre-back, leading to Augsburg’s goal.

Ramy Bensebaini

Zac: 5

Pretty regularly toasted by Kevin Mbabu, but his stats do reflect a decent performance.

Joey: 6

Emre Can

Zac: 5

Joey: 6

Emre Can plays a vital role in BVB maintaining possession, especially in recovery. It’s just a shame Dortmund’s increased ball-control still didn’t lead to more than a single goal.

Julian Brandt

Zac: 3

I thought Brandt was pretty poor on the day, with errant passes and poor decision making on display.

Joey: 6

I didn’t think Brandt was as bad as many. He failed to create much in the attack, but his passing completion was a whopping 95%. But the few passes he failed were complete screamers.

Marco Reus

Zac: 3

Also failed to exert much influence, and was hooked for Gio Reyna pretty early.

Joey: 4

I think Reus was tired. He impressed me against PSG with the pace he was able to maintain. I think he was winded, and his speed showed that.

Jamie Bynoe-Gittens

Zac: 5

JBG was true to his ethos and at least that deserves credit. He tried to take on his man, stretch the field, and play direct.

Joey: 4

JBG was not able to influence this game very well. I do give him credit for the number of times he tracked back to defend.

Donyell Malen

Zac: 7

Malen made himself known on the pitch, with 50 touches of the ball. Malen was one of the few Dortmund players who actually challenged the goal, and was rewarded after an excellent one-two to find the net.

Joey: 7

Niclas Füllkrug

Zac: 7

Great assist, worked hard off the ball, but his finishing was sorely lacking. Some better decisions from Füllkrug could have changed the scoreline.

Joey: 7

Füllkrug’s assists are some of the wildest touches. He’s a creative player and unselfish in front of the goal.

Substitutes

Gio Reyna

Zac: 5

Gio did not make the impact off the bench that has been seen in recent matches. Very frustrating, as many fans (myself included) want to see him challenge for a starting spot.

Joey: 4

What Zac said.

Samuel Bamba

Zac: 7

Excellent professional debut from the long-time BVB academy player. Bamba was tenacious, intelligent, and nearly found the back of the net. Solid cameo.

Joey: 7

I tend to question why Terzic chooses to offer young players their debut in matches that don’t make sense for the newcomers. However, I thought Bamba presented himself well for a debutant.

Sebastien Haller

N/A

Overall

Zac: 5

There were many grumblings before this match about the form of the team, and they have only intensified (today especially). Dortmund weren’t outright poor in this match, but that does not really matter at this point. For Terzic, the dropped points hit like a bowling ball to the chest. If it’s not a win at Mainz, the fans are going to lose their patience.

Joey: 5

The objectives have been clear, and meeting those objectives are in jeopardy. We all knew that wins against Augsburg and Mainz were necessary to maintain contention for UEFA Champions League Qualification. A draw simply was not good enough. I respect Terzic’s attempt to return this team to an attacking system, but there’s still much dysfunction and disorganization within the system deployed. Sure, the squad created twenty-four shots, but they also faced 20. As a fan, I expect better of this squad, especially given the talent employed. Without an emphatic win against Mainz, Edin Terzic will will have many questions asked of him in the winter break.