“Should you play like that and nonetheless win, that is big!” Sokratis Papastathopoulos instructed reporters after a drained Borussia Dortmund grinded out a 2-1 win in opposition to feisty Augsburg. “Lately, we might have drawn or misplaced these sorts of video games,” the centre-back added. It was the seventh match inside 21 days for the Black and Yellows and, aside from a number of sparks of brilliance, the 90 minutes had been a far cry from their normal dominance within the Bundesliga. Augsburg, in the meantime, confirmed why that they had been unbeaten at dwelling to date this season, placing the company in plenty of discomfort with sturdy play.
Sokratis makes a sound level. Dortmund picked up solely 5 street wins within the final marketing campaign, precisely as a result of they could not maintain onto leads in matches the place they may not dominate their opposition with calm possession play. It wasn’t fairly however the Westphalians journey dwelling with all three factors within the bag, sustaining their lead within the desk via the worldwide break whereas placing strain on the remainder of the league.
Additionally, the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) proved to be useful for the Black and Yellows, belatedly awarding a penalty kick after Lukasz Piszczek was pulled down within the field. BVB, nonetheless, could not put the sport to mattress within the 79th minute.
After Andriy Yarmolenko’s cheeky back-heel discovered the again of the online within the fourth minute, it appeared as if Dortmund had been on straightforward avenue as soon as once more. That assumption, nonetheless, proved to be unsuitable as Peter Bosz’s aspect misplaced the plot after 60 minutes, not with the ability to retain the ball in midfield and thus making it an open contest.
Supervisor ranking out of 10
6 — Introduced in Christian Pulisic, Mahmoud Dahoud, Julian Weigl, Shinji Kagawa and Marc Bartra with the intention to have some recent legs after the Three-1 defeat in opposition to Actual Madrid on Tuesday. Bringing in centre-back Omer Toprak for the final 10 minutes was the best name to take care of Augsburg’s ahead lumps.
Participant rankings (1-10; 10 = finest. Gamers launched after 70 minutes get no ranking)
GK Roman Burki, eight — The Swiss goalkeeper needed to work for his cash on Saturday, retaining his group within the lead with some beautiful reflexes within the second half.
DF Lukasz Piszczek, 6 — His athleticism was very important in a match the place Piszczek was caught up in defence greater than normal.
DF Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 7 — If issues get gritty, Sokratis is at all times within the thick of it. The Greek defender bullied again, throwing himself into each sort out.
DF Marc Bartra, 6 — The Spaniard didn’t mark Caiuby within the 11th minute, who nodded the ball in for Augsburg’s short-term equaliser. He ought to have had an help for an audacious cross to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
DF Jeremy Toljan, 5 — Struggled rather a lot within the first half, giving the ball away needlessly far too usually. He shored up within the second.
MF Mahmoud Dahoud, 6 — Within the first half, Dahoud appeared calm and composed. Within the second half, there was little left of that — which is why Bosz subbed him off earlier than the hour mark.
MF Julian Weigl, 6 — A 76 % cross completion price is way off Weigl’s normal normal. The midfielder will want some extra weeks earlier than hitting full type.
MF Shinji Kagawa, 7 — His coach will not be blissful that he failed to shut down Philipp Max, leaving the Augsburg left-back on a regular basis on this planet to search out Caiuby’s head within the 11th minute for the equaliser. The Japanese, nonetheless, did make up for it with an beautiful chip that utterly bamboozled Marwin Hitz.
FW Andriy Yarmolenko, eight — Had the presence of thoughts to place the ball at the back of the online with a nifty back-heel because the ball scrambled within the field after a nook.
FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, four — In his 200th match for the Black and Yellows, Aubameyang had an actual stinker after lacking Wednesday’s coaching resulting from sickness. Having missed solely 5 minutes of Dortmund’s season up to now, his tiredness confirmed in Augsburg. All Hitz needed to do to disclaim Aubameyang was to face tall. Be it within the one-on-one scenario the place the ahead fluffed his shot after two step-overs or the tried Panenka that landed proper in Hitz’s gloves.
FW Christian Pulisic, 6 — Augsburg coach Manuel Baum made positive certainly one of his defenders stored Pulisic in examine. The 19-year-old had some glimpses of brilliance within the second half after switching to the best aspect.
MF Gonzalo Castro, 6 — Got here on for Dahoud. Did not assist to wrestle again management in midfield however stepped on the ball a few instances late within the match to take some seconds off the clock.
FW Maximilian Philipp, 5 — Changed Yarmolenko within the 64th minute. Largely concerned in defensive performs after his substitution, although.
DF Omer Toprak, NR — BVB closed the sport out with three centre-backs, limiting the hosts to half-chances within the closing 15 minutes.
Stefan Buczko covers Borussia Dortmund for ESPN FC. Twitter: @StefanBuczko.