Borussia Dortmund limped in to the winter break with a miserable performance in a 1-1 draw against Mainz, bringing to an end as disappointing a Hinrunde as Dortmund have managed in recent years.
BVB looked pretty good in the first half, peppering the Mainz goal and hitting the woodwork twice, but they were only able to break the deadlock through an exquisite Julian Brandt freekick half hour in to the game. Unfortunately, just before the break, Mainz were able to get an equalizer through Sepp van den Berg, and in the second half they were the much better side. It was a poor performance by Dortmund, made worse by the fact they struggled at home against a team in a relegation battle.
Here are our player ratings from Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Mainz.
He made nearly a half-dozen saves. He likely prevented this from being a loss. Even the goal conceded was nearly saved.
So Dortmund are in the market for a new left-back? You don’t say...
Didn't think Schlotterbeck was up to much. Not his finest hour!
Schlotti has been better, and can do much better.
Won most of his ground duals but failed to make a greater impact.
He couldn’t win tackles, ground duals or aerial duals. the Belgian had a few recoveries but didn't do much otherwise.
Although Brandt might get more credit due to the goal, I thought Sabitzer was one of Dortmund's best players.
Sab was one of the few players who looked like he was trying.
I thought Can had a solid game until late on when he became really, really sloppy.
Emre Can recovered the ball a staggering eleven times. That’s more indicative of how easily Dortmund was losing the ball however.
Was key to Dortmund getting the ball up the pitch, and was one of BVB’s biggest threats in front of goal, but that feels more like a statement about the team’s offensive performance.
For being on the pitch for 90 minutes, he wasn’t terribly involved save a few attacking plays. He had strikingly few touches on the ball.
Excellent goal, was otherwise a solid creative threat.
Brandt’s goal was world-class and his delivery of long balls was superb. Brandt was the butterfly in a sea of slugs.
Couldn't get into this game, but he tried. I respect the work ethic.
Really lively off the bench.
While there were one or two poor performances, I don't think any individual stood out as that bad. Instead, it was the team effort that was garbage.
The first half was pretty good, and Dortmund were unlucky to go in level at the break, but things completely came apart at the seams in the second half. The fact this was against a poor Mainz side is particularly damning.
Something has got to change.
While the first half was promising, Mainz’s equalizer took all of the wind out of the sails, and Terzic failed to inspire the squad at halftime. The second half was hapless, and if this is what a home performance is going to look like against a relegation-threatened club, then we’re in some deep shit.
I’ll try to find something optimistic to write about before the new year... no promises.
What did you make of Dortmund’s performance in their final game of the Hinrunde?