PLAYER RATINGS | Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Bochum – Youssoufa Moukoko shines as he breaks another record

Borussia Dortmund move to within three points of leaders Bayern Munich, who beat Hertha Berlin, after a dominating attacking performance against Bochum in the Revierderby. Youssoufa Moukoko became the youngest goalscorer in Bundesliga history to score 10 goals with his brace, scoring either side of a Gio Reyna penalty.

Moukoko opened the scoring in the 8th minute, cutting inside from the right, onto his favoured left foot, before bending the ball past Manuel Riemann from 25-yards. Leading the line, BVB are much more fluid in their transitions when the young German forward is starting in comparison to Anthony Modeste. With six goals and four assists in 12 Bundesliga games this season, Moukoko is certainly a candidate for Hansi Flick’s German squad for the World Cup.

On his return to the starting XI, Gio Reyna netted from the spot. Walking up to the ball before placing in beyond Riemann. Moukoko’s second of the afternoon came seconds before the break. On the counter, Reyna headed the ball on for Moukoko, who composed himself before lobbing the ball over Riemann from 35 yards.

Bochum were poor and could find themselves back at the bottom of the Bundesliga dependent on Schalke’s result against Werder Bremen on Saturday evening. Union Berlin can also reclaim top spot from Bayern with a win at Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday afternoon. Should Union win that, BVB will be four points off top.

Borussia Dortmund vs Bochum Player Ratings

Borussia Dortmund – 3 (Moukoko (2), Reyna).

Gregor Kobel, 5

Niklas Sule, 5

Mats Hummels, 6

Nico Schlotterbeck, 6

Raphael Guerreiro, 5

Salih Ozcan, 7 – For €5m, Ozcan is looking quite the steal and just the player Borussia Dortmund have been missing in defensive-midfield over the past years. A combative midfielder, he’s a step above Emre Can, and previously Axel Witsel. Has slotted into this BVB side with ease and creating an excellent understanding alongside Bellingham.

Jude Bellingham, 6 – One of the Englishman’s quieter games in a Borussia Dortmund top. Rested midweek against Copenhagen in the Champions League but still looked a little leggy due to the sheer amount of games he’s played. Still, completed the simpler tasks and rarely lost possession.

Julian Brandt, 7 

Gio Reyna, 7 

Donyell Malen, 7 – The Dutchman has struggled at times for Borussia Dortmund this season but against Bochum, Malen had one of his better games. Always looked to drive forward with the ball. Won the penalty that Reyna expertly dispatched. Low on confidence, today’s game will have certainly gave the 23-year-old a boost.

Youssoufa Moukoko, 8 – At 17-years and 350 days, Moukoko is the youngest player in Bundesliga history to scored 10 goals ahead of Florian Wirtz. His 10th Bundesliga goal was superbly taken, cutting inside from the right before bending the ball past Manuel Riemann, and in off the crossbar. His 11th league goal showcased his composure. Riemann was caught in no man’s land and Moukoko found the net from 35 yards. At such a young age, Moukoko is already showcasing his talent. An option for Hansi Flick at the World Cup following Timo Werner’s injury?

Others: Karim Adeyemi (5), Marco Reus (5), Felix Passlack (5), Thorgan Hazard (-), Anthony Modeste (-)

Bochum – 0 

Manuel Riemann, 5

Christian Gamboa, 4

Konstantinos Lampropoulos, 3

Ivan Ordets, 2

Danilo Soares, 3

Kostas Stafylidis, 4

Anthony Losilla, 5

Jordi Osei-Tutu, 6 – Alongside Hofmann, the Englishman was Bochum’s best player. Carried out his defensive duties in tracking back but also looked to pose a threat with his pace. Hit the post in the second-half.

Kevin Stoger, 4

Simon Zoller, 5

Philipp Hofmann, 6 – Gave the travelling Bochum fans some hope at 2-0 down but his goal was ruled out for offside. Has struggled in the Bundesliga after making the move up from Karlsruher. Domininent in the air and VfL’s best attacker, but struggled against Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck.

Others: Gerrit Holtmann (4), Silvère Ganvoula (5), Christopher Antwi-Adjei (5), Patrick Osterhage (-)

GGFN | Daniel Pinder


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