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Eighth Wonder: Borussia Dortmund Player Ratings In Their Record-Breaking Win Over Legia

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Anas Molla
An ageing teenager who apparently still likes Twenty One Pilots and HIMYM. Also fascinated by Greek and Egyptian mythology and history. Still waiting for my man Milos Raonic to win a Grand Slam.

Borussia Dortmund and Legia Warsaw created a record after a game full of drama and goal blitz. Thomas Tuchel’s side secured a stunning victory against the underdogs Legia, with an astonishing 8:4 scoreline! Here are the player ratings of the BVB player in their record-breaking goal blitz show against the Polish Champions.

Roman Weidenfeller (6/10): The 36-year old veteran goalkeeper featured in place of injured Roman Bürki. Weidenfeller did make couple of good saves but conceded four goals in what was a disastrous evening from Weidenfeller’s point of view.

Sebastian Rode (6.5/10): Rode was deployed as a right back by Tuchel. The former Bayern man showed his versatility with a fairly good performance on the right-hand side but struggled to mark Legia attackers as he was so keen to get forward

Matthias Ginter (6/10): Matthias Ginter was one of the worst players on the night. The young defender failed to cope with Legia runners on counter attacks and gave away very cheap goals.

Marc Bartra (6.5/10): After a great performance against Bayern, Bartra was another culprit behind Dortmund conceding so many goals against the Champions of Poland. Even though he was calm and composed on the ball, he was caught out of position quite often.

Felix Passlack (7.5/10): Passlack was great throughout the game, composed on the ball and good passing, the Dortmund graduate marked off a good all-around performance with a headed goal late on.

Nuri Sahin (7.5/10): Was solid after coming back into the lineup. Sahin was composed on the ball, and his passing was sharp as well. Teed up an excellent ball for Reus who assisted Ousmane Dembele before, goalkeeper’s punch hit his body and went into the back of net.

Gonzalo Castro (7/10): Was decent, a quick change of pace helped him in his sudden drives but largely spent his time, ferrying possession around.

DORTMUND, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 22: Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund celebrates scoring his third and his teams eighth during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Borussia Dortmund and Legia Warszawa at Signal Iduna Park on November 22, 2016 in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Christian Pulisic (7.5/10): Pulisic was very active throughout the game, full of running, dribbling and neat flicks. The American provided the cross from which his youth team partner Felix Passlack scored but was overall unlucky not to score himself.

Shinji Kagawa (8/10): I’m not quite sure if Legia are that bad or did Kagawa really perform well? Excuse the doubts, the Japanese International was amazing throughout the match, bagging two goals in a minute in the first half before providing an assist to Reus goal after the break.

Ousmane Dembele (8/10): Dembele was equally awesome on the night. The Frenchman provided as many as three assists and scored his first Champions League goal, thanks to a neat and composed finish.

Marco Reus (9.5/10): Easily the best player on the night. Marco Reus marked his comeback after six months through injury with a hat-trick and also provided an assist to Ousmane Dembele. The 27-year old is looked fired up which is a great thing for Thomas Tuchel.


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