Borussia Dortmund 1-3 Ajax: Player rating


Ajax maintained their 100% winning record in this season’s group game in the Champions League and ensured that they went on to the knockout phase with a 3-1 victory over 10-man Borussia Dortmund.

In a match full of controversy, Mats Hummels was sent off in the first half, but that did not stop Borussia Dortmund from going up 1-0 before the break. After holding on in the early stages of the second period, Ajax eventually broke the resistance and made three unanswered to win.

After an even start, the match was turned upside down when Hummels received a straight red card for what referee Michael Oliver considered to be a slippery tackle out of control.

The dismissal was confirmed after a VAR review and Oliver ran over to the big screen again shortly after, after his decision to award Dortmund a penalty. Jude Bellingham was brought down inside the area, an easy decision for the referee there.

After a poor response, Ajax finally came back in the competition with Dusan Tadic nodding home on the back post with 72 minutes on the clock.

The visitors continued to press and Sebastien Haller soon reduced the gap on Robert Lewandowski at the top of the goal list by nodding Antony’s post past Gregor Kobel. Davy Klaassen then put the match beyond all doubt in the second half’s overtime.

The result means that Ajax have a maximum of 12 points after four matches, leaving Dortmund and Sporting CP – both on six points – in a battle for second place in Group C. Lowly Besiktas, meanwhile, supports the table after losing all their matches.

Here are your BVB players’ ratings …

We do not think Hummels agreed with the decision, what do you guys think? / Soccrates Images / GettyImages

Gregor Kobel (GK) – 5/10 – If we are tough, he may have done better with all three goals.

Thomas Meunier (RB) – 4/10 – The weak link of the Armed Forces. Very wasteful.

Mats Hummels (CB) – 2/10 – It’s a difficult one. Should he have been expelled? Maybe not. Should he have given the judge a decision to make? Absolutely not. Bad from an experienced player.

Manuel Akanji (CB) – 6/10 – It could have done better to deny Haller another goal, but he was pretty exhausted at the time from all the defense he needed to do.

Marius Wolf (LB) – 7/10 – Got an injury just before the hour. Solid as ever.

Bellingham could not have done much more / Alex Grimm / GettyImages

Julian Brandt (CM) – 6/10 – His delivery and passes from open play were Dortmund’s main source of chances.

Axel Witsel (CM) – 7/10 – Insert a monumental shift that ended with five tackles and three clearances.

Jude Bellingham (CM) – 8/10 – Missed a great chance in the early stages. His energy and creativity were so important when the team went down to ten and he won the penalty. Won 11 of his 17 ground duels as well.

Reus converted its spot kick / BSR Agency / GettyImages

Thorgan Hazard (RW) – 6/10 – Started okay but sacrificed when Hummels got his marching orders.

Steffen Tigges (ST) – 4/10 – A bit of a stink really. Lost possession a lot. The earlier Erling Haaland returns, the better.

Marco Reus (LW) – 7/10 – Big shift defensively and made no mistake from the spot. The skipper set a good example.

Pongracic played most of the game / ANP Sport / GettyImages

Marin Pongracic (CB) – 5/10 – Fluffed his approval which allowed Tadic to score. After that, the locks were opened.

Felix Passlack (LB) – 5/10

Donyell Malen (ST) – N / A

Ansgar Knauff (LW) – N / A

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