Borrusia Dortmund threw away a 2-0 half-time lead to draw 3-3 against RB Leipzig in a thrilling encounter at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday evening.
Péter Gulácsi allowed Julian Weigl’s weak effort to beat him at his near post midway through the first half before Julian Brandt doubled the host’s lead 10 minutes later in a first half they dominated.
RB Leipzig had forced two excellent saves from Roman Bürki at the end of the first half before the goalkeeper gifted Timo Werner his first goal inside the opening 90 seconds of the second half. The goalkeeper raced outside his penalty area before pulling off a tame header into the striker’s path.
Five minutes later and Werner was gifted a one-on-one, this time by Julian Brandt. The prolific hitman then rounded the onrushing Dortmund goalkeeper to roll the ball into an empty net.
Borrusia Dortmund retook the lead just two minutes later with a composed finish from Jadon Sancho. The England star would limp off 15 minutes later.
Raphael Guerreiro was caught out by a ball over the top that forced a save from his goalkeeper, only for the ball to bounce kindly for Patrik Schick to volley home his third goal in as many weeks.
Here are our player ratings:
Roman Bürki 6 – Made two excellent saves at the end of the first half to help Borussia Dortmund go into the break at 2-0. Made another top save at the very start of the second half but then gifted the visitors their first goal less than 90 seconds after the restart with a header into the path of Timo Werner. Had little chance with the second as he was rounded by the prolific striker.
Manuel Akanji 6 – It was not a night for defenders this evening but Manuel Akanji largely made good use of possession in picking out a teammate. Marcel Halstenberg threatened to cause problems down Dortmund’s right, but most of the opposition attacks were either down the middle or the opposite flank.
Mats Hummels 7 – The captain wasn’t at fault for either of the visitors’ goals as two came from errors and the third was a chip over the top down the left. Mats Hummels was otherwise solid in the middle of a back three, making a number of headers, tackles and clearances.
Dan-Axel Zagadou 6 – Borussia Dortmund’s defence has been exposed on numerous occasions this season and they looked nervous again despite leading 2-0 at half-time. Dan-Axel Zagadou did make
Achraf Hakimi 7 – Got on the ball a lot as the right wingback and forced one save out of Péter Gulácsi as Borussia Dortmund used both wings to attack. Achraf Hakimi wasn’t at fault defensively for either goal conceded.
Julian Weigl 8 – Scored only his fourth goal in what is Julian Weigl’s fourth season with Borussia Dortmund. The midfielder’s effort should have been comfortable for Péter Gulácsi at his near post but the Hungarian managed to fumble it in. The midfielder picked off a couple of opposition passes in his own half to win back the ball for his side in an end to end game.
Julian Brandt 8 – Produced a fine finish to double the host’s lead on 34 minutes but played a very short backpass into the path of Timo Werner to assist the RB Leipzig in their equaliser shortly after half-time. Otherwise, Julian Brandt won the ball back on numerous occasions in the middle of the park and brought it forward to start attacks.
Raphael Guerreiro 6 – Caught out by a diagonal ball over the top in the build up to RB Leipzig’s third goal. Provided the pass to Weigl for the game’s opening goal, so technically the Portuguese international registered another assist in this game.
Thorgan Hazard 6 – Created the odd half chance for teammates but Thorgan Hazard was quiet in this game given the amount of attacking and goals there were in this game.
Marcos Reus 7 – Linked up well with his fellow attackers but Marco Reus never threatened to score himself in this game despite playing the number nine role.
Jadon Sancho 9 – Another excellent display from the Englishman. Jadon Sancho setup Julian Brandt for Dortmund’s second before he showed good composure in front of goal to restore their lead before the hour after conceding two quick goals after half-time. The youngster was a constant threat to the RB Leipzig defence with his dribbling and passing. Limped off with 20 minutes to go.
Łukasz Piszczek (20 mins) N/A – Replaced the injured Jadon Sancho but did nothing of note.
Nico Schulez (8 mins) N/A – Saw an effort deflect behind for a corner in the final minute.
Péter Gulácsi 5 – A howler to gift Borussia Dortmund the lead in the first half. Péter Gulácsi had little chance with the next two goals. Made a good save from a corner in the opening 15 minutes at 0-0.
Nordi Mukiele 6 – Pushed forward from the right-back role to support the attack, but Nordi Mukiele’s passing in the opposition half didn’t find a teammate too often.
Lukas Klostermann 6 – Although they kept Reus quiet, Jadon Sancho’s goal came from in front of goal and the England international danced around the defence in the opening 15 minutes to produce a fine save from Gulácsi.
Dayot Upamecano 7 – Denied Achraf Hakini a one-on-one with a fine last man tackle midway through the second half. The centre-back was fairly solid in what was a tough night for the RB Leipzig defence.
Marcel Halstenberg 6 – Had an early second half goal correctly ruled out for narrowly being offside. Made an excellent tackle in the box to deny Marco Reus a one-on-one. Had a tough time dealing with Achraf Hakimi bombing forward.
Marcel Sabitzer 5 – A number of players were sloppy in possession this evening, perhaps none more so than Marcel Sabitzer. The Austrian midfielder was taken off with 20 minutes to go.
Diego Demme 5 – Broke up a few attacks but ultimately Borussia Dortmund saw more of the ball in RB Leipzig’s half and created the more chances in open play.
Konrad Laimer 5 – Did a good job in breaking up possession around the centre circle, but was careless when in possession himself.
Emil Forsberg 5 – Struggled to get into the game in the first half and was substituted before the start of the second.
Yussuf Poulsen 5 – Didn’t see much of the ball but did force a fine save out of Roman Bürki with a cheeky header just before half-time. His replacement, Patrik Schick got on the scoresheet.
Timo Werner 9 – Took both opportunities that were gifted to him and forced two more saves out of the opposition goalkeeper as Timo Werner continues to produce the goods up top for RB Leipzig.
Christopher Nkunku (45 mins) 5 – Brought on for Emil Forsberg at half-time. Nothing special in possession but generally looked after the ball.
Patrik Schick (30 mins) 6 – Had been on the field for about quarter of an hour before he produced a fine half volley for RB Leipzig’s final equaliser to rescue a point. The Czech international saw little of the ball before or after that.
Matheus Cunha (22 mins) N/A – The Brazilian barely got a touch of the ball after replacing Marcel Sabitzer.