PSV Eindhoven 1-1 Borussia Dortmund: Player Ratings

Man of the Match: Ismael Saibari (6.5)

Saibari put in a quality performance for PSV. He was tireless, making high-intensity runs with and without the ball throughout the match. He was also an important part of his team’s attacking play, creating a number of chances for the home side.

PSV : 4-3-3

Benitez (4.5)

After comfortably saving two early efforts from Malen, the PSV goalkeeper was beaten by the Dutchman in the 25th minute. He then had to wait until the last 20 minutes to be called into action again, when he pushed away a Wolf backheel.

Teze (6)

He was active on his wing, where he initially defended well before constantly pushing forward after the break, taking advantage of the visitors’ defensive weaknesses.

Schouten (5.5)

For Malen’s opening goal, he was too deep in his positioning instead of coming out to stop his opponent’s shot. He then applied himself technically but was not reassuring enough in his position.

Boscagli (6.5)

The French defender had a great game, completely nullifying Füllkrug. He was constantly imposing himself in the various duels and his opponent could do nothing.

Dest (6)

The American full-back took a while to get going, being dominated by Malen in the first half-hour. In fact, on the latter’s opening goal, he failed to block his opponent’s shot and even ended up deflecting the ball into his own net. However, he raised his game and in the second half he took up residence in the BVB half.

Veerman (6)

He played a huge amount of football, which allowed him to have a very good game. Precise technically and present in the recovery, he chained together defensive efforts and then projected himself forward to provide the numerical superiority.

Tillman (6)

A satisfactory match despite a costly mistake. He was quickly placed high up the pitch and came close to opening the scoring with a shot from the center of the pitch that just went wide of the post. Shortly after the 20th minute, while making a defensive effort, he lost the ball on the right side and this led to the visitors’ opening goal. However, he still managed to raise his game with his willingness to push forward. At the start of the second half, he broke into the opposing area and was tackled by Hummels. The referee pointed to the penalty spot, allowing De Jong to equalize.

Saibari (6.5)

See above.

Bakayoko (5.5)

He was patient. He was hardly served in his wing during the first half and had to make a number of runs to get the ball. On a cross from the left, he was alone at the penalty spot, but did not get enough on the ball and his volley, crushed, went wide. After the break, he grew in strength and caused the Dortmund defense a number of problems with his dribbling skills. However, he was lacking technically in the final touch.

De Jong (5)

Still as precious in his play as a pivot, the PSV striker was able to make several good passes to his partners, like the one at the start of the game for Tillman who did not take advantage of it as his shot flew wide of the target. At the start of the second half, he converted his penalty perfectly, with power and low into the corner of Meyer’s goal, who had gone the right way.

Lozano (4.5)

Very active in the first half, the Mexican winger made a number of high-intensity efforts on his left wing, leading to the creation of several good attacking phases for his team.

Dortmund : 4-2-3-1

Meyer (5.5)

Meyer, the surprise starter due to Kobel’s injury in the warm-up, had a quiet first half, only coming out to claim a cross from a set-piece. In the second half, he dived the right way on a controversial penalty, but De Jong was able to beat him by placing the ball in the side netting. Ten minutes from time, he made a good save at his near post from a Dest shot.

Ryerson (5.5)

A good game for the Norwegian full-back, who despite facing a tough opponent, was solid defensively and resisted well.

Hummels (6)

A frustrating game for the experienced German defender, who was impeccable defensively, making a number of quality interceptions to end many PSV attacks. Just before the hour mark, he tried to tackle Bakayoko and was convinced he had won the ball, but the referee pointed to the spot, allowing De Jong to equalize.

Schlotterbeck (5.5)

After a poor start to the game, losing De Jong for the first chance of the match, the Dortmund defender recovered well. However, he was booked late in the first half, meaning he will be suspended for the return leg.

Maatsen (5)

A mixed performance, with several important turnovers and a second half where he struggled against Bakayoko.

Sabitzer (5)

He was involved in his team’s attacking play in the first half, providing the assist for Malen’s opener with a pass to the right side of the box. In the second half, he was dominated by PSV’s midfield control.

Can (5.5)

A good game from him, being valuable in winning the ball back and accurate technically in his passing.

Malen (6.5)

A symbolic performance. The former PSV player returned to his homeland in a BVB shirt and played a bad trick on Eindhoven. In the 25th minute, he was played in on the right side of the box and scored with a powerful shot into the near post to open the scoring. He continued to be his team’s main attacking threat with his dribbling skills.

Reus (5)

The BVB playmaker didn’t have many good balls to work with, but he still tried to build several attacking moves for his team.

Sancho (4.5)

A difficult game for the Dortmund winger, who worked hard on both the left and right wings. However, he never managed to get into a good position to threaten the home defense.

Füllkrug (5)

A difficult game for the BVB striker, who was rarely found by his teammates. However, he did make a good backheel pass for Sabitzer in the build-up to Malen’s opener.

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