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Match Ratings: An Uninspiring End to the Hinrunde

Borussia Dortmund drop points at home to relegation candidates Mainz.

Borussia Dortmund v 1. FSV Mainz 05 - Bundesliga Photo by Hendrik Deckers/Borussia Dortmund via Getty Images

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.

Starting XI

Borussia Dortmund v 1. FSV Mainz 05 - Bundesliga
Greg delivered a fiery post-match interview
Photo by Hendrik Deckers/Borussia Dortmund via Getty Images

Gregor Kobel

Paul: 6

Joey: 7

He made nearly a half-dozen saves. He likely prevented this from being a loss. Even the goal conceded was nearly saved.

Ramy Bensebaini

Paul: 5

Joey: 5

So Dortmund are in the market for a new left-back? You don’t say...

Nico Schlotterbeck

Paul: 3

Didn't think Schlotterbeck was up to much. Not his finest hour!

Joey: 4

Schlotti has been better, and can do much better.

Mats Hummels

Paul: 5

Joey: 6

Won most of his ground duals but failed to make a greater impact.

Thomas Meunier

Paul: 5

Joey: 4

He couldn’t win tackles, ground duals or aerial duals. the Belgian had a few recoveries but didn't do much otherwise.

Marcel Sabitzer

Paul: 6

Although Brandt might get more credit due to the goal, I thought Sabitzer was one of Dortmund's best players.

Joey: 6

Sab was one of the few players who looked like he was trying.

Emre Can

Paul: 6

I thought Can had a solid game until late on when he became really, really sloppy.

Joey: 6

Emre Can recovered the ball a staggering eleven times. That’s more indicative of how easily Dortmund was losing the ball however.

Donyell Malen

Borussia Dortmund v 1. FSV Mainz 05 - Bundesliga Photo by Christof Koepsel/Getty Images

Paul: 5

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.

Joey: 4

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.

Julian Brandt

Paul: 7

Excellent goal, was otherwise a solid creative threat.

Joey: 7

Brandt’s goal was world-class and his delivery of long balls was superb. Brandt was the butterfly in a sea of slugs.

Jamie Bynoe-Gittens

Paul: 6

Joey: 6

Niclas Füllkrug

Paul: 4

Joey: 5

Couldn't get into this game, but he tried. I respect the work ethic.

Substitutes

Niklas Süle

Paul: 5

Joey: 6

Borussia Dortmund v 1. FSV Mainz 05 - Bundesliga
Not quite the contact Bamba was hoping for from this overhead kick attempt
Photo by Alexandre Simoes/Borussia Dortmund via Getty Images

Samuel Bamba

Paul: 6

Really lively off the bench.

Joey: 6

Sebastien Haller

N/A

Giovanni Reyna

N/A

Marius Wolf

N/A

Overall

Paul: 4

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.

Joey: 4

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.

Your Thoughts?

What did you make of Dortmund’s performance in their final game of the Hinrunde?