Borussia Dortmund Player Ratings vs Real Madrid: Kobel, Hummels shine in UCL Cup final loss

Borussia Dortmund played a near-perfect game but were unable to overcome the inevitable Real Madrid in the Champions League final, falling to a 2-0 defeat courtesy of goals from Dani Carvajal and Vinícius Jr.

The Black and Yellows started the game as underdogs, but dominated proceedings for the opening 70 minutes with their high pressing and aggressive approach paying dividends. Niclas Füllkrug hit the post, and Karim Adeyemi and Marcel Sabitzer also came close for Borussia Dortmund in the first-half.

But a lapse in concentration was all Real Madrid needed to turn the screws in their favour. Dani Carvajal opened the scoring from a corner, and the Spaniards never looked back. Vinícius Jr. then took advantage of Ian Maatsen’s error and made it 2-0 soon after to take away any hopes of a BVB comeback.

Borussia Dortmund player ratings:

Gregor Kobel 8

Took a clattering from Vinicius Jr in the first half but was able to continue. Some super saves in the second half, but they weren’t enough.

Julian Ryerson (6/10)
Ryerson put in a dogged defensive performance and his aggressive approach certainly made Vinícius Jr. uncomfortable. Although his decision making going forward left a lot to be desired, and he often failed to find the right touch or pass in the final third.

Mats Hummels (7/10)
Hummels came up with decisive recoveries and blocks on a number of occasions, capping off his excellent season in the Champions League with another strong performance. He was dominant in his duels and helped keep Vinícius Jr. quiet for the majority of the game.

Nico Schlotterbeck (7/10)
Schlotterbeck made some vital blocks as well, and helped keep things tight defensively. The defeat was certainly not down to him.

Ian Maatsen (4/10)
Maatsen started the game well and ventured forward to great effect in the first-half. All his hard work was undone in the 83rd minute when he clumsily gave the ball away and allowed Real Madrid to put the game to bed. An error like that in a Champions League final is simply unacceptable.

Emre Can (6/10)
Can did a solid job of marshalling the Borussia Dortmund defence and slotted in between the two centre-backs at times to allow the forward players to make things happen. He did not do much wrong but also failed to stamp his authority on the game.

Marcel Sabitzer (6/10)
Sabitzer looked very lively in the first-half and was involved in a lot of Borussia Dortmund’s attacking moves. His impact was limited after the break, as he was asked to do a lot more defending. But he still stuck to his task and had a decent game overall.

Julian Brandt (7/10)
Brandt set up his teammates with a number of good chances in the first-half. The playmaker is a joy to watch in transition, and that was the case against Real Madrid as well as he started a number of dangerous BVB counter-attacks.

Jadon Sancho (6/10)

For long spells he was out of the game, like Bellingham for Real, but on occasion he found the ball at his feet and showed his ability by driving forward.

Karim Adeyemi (6/10)
Adeyemi was a handful for Dani Carvajal in the first-half, and nearly gave Borussia Dortmund the lead on a couple of occasions. But he wasn’t able to make the most of his chances after finding his way into the box. His impact was limited after the break, and Edin Terzic then decided to take him off for Marco Reus.

Niclas Füllkrug (6/10)
Füllkrug was a handful for the Real Madrid defenders with his physicality and hold-up play. The Germany international also hit the post and forced a good save, but then failed to keep up with Carvajal for the opening goal. That poor piece of defending soured an otherwise strong performance.

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