Borussia Dortmund ruthless in front of goal as they produce a masterclass performance ahead of their clash against leaders Bayern Munich next weekend. Erling Haaland scored a brace, ending his run of five games without a goal.
Borussia Dortmund – 6 (Rothe, Witsel, Akanji, Can, Haaland x2)
Gregor Kobel, 8 – Made an incredible save to deny Lukas Nmecha inside three minutes and another in the early stages of the second-half to deny Jonas Wind. Looks every bit the €15m that BVB spent on the Swiss goalkeeper last summer.
Emre Can, 7 – Scored his fourth Bundesliga goal of the season. Hardly tested defensively.
Manuel Akanji, 6 – Gave Borussia Dortmund a 3-0 lead, getting on the end of Marco Reus’ free-kick.
Dan-Axel Zagadou, 6.5 – One of Dan-Axel Zagadou’s better performances of the season but should have done better to block Ridle Baku’s shot. Playing for a contract extension. Good understanding with Tom Rothe considering they hadn’t played together before today’s game.
Tom Rothe, 8 – Admirable performance on his Bundesliga debut. Looked shaky in the opening stages but settled well at left-wing-back. Opened the scoring with a glancing header at the near post. The 17-year-old has immense potential.
Axel Witsel, 7 – An unlikely scorer, Witsel capped off an excellent Borussia Dortmund counter-attack, slotting the ball under Koen Casteels.
Jude Bellingham, 6 – Certainly a quiet game by Jude Bellingham’s standards. Will perhaps be disappointed with his personal performance but made the most passes of any BVB midfielder.
Julian Brandt, 7 – Had an excellent opportunity to open the scoring for Borussia Dortmund after 20 minutes. His assist for Erling Haaland’s second goal was superb. First time pass and incredible precision to thread the ball between two Wolfsburg defenders.
Marius Wolf, 6 – Perhaps a quiet game from Wolf but didn’t stop running, as per.
Marco Reus, 7 – Two assists for Marco Reus, taking his tally to 14 in the Bundesliga.
Erling Haaland, 9 – Not yet 100% fit but a brace ends his run of five games without a goal. His second showcased superb movement inside the penalty area, firing his shot beyond Koen Casteels with incredible power and precision. Assisted Axel Witsel.
Others: Marin Pongracic (5), Youssoufa Moukoko (6), Reinier (-), Jamie Bynoe-Gittens (-), Lion Semic (-)
Wolfsburg – 1 (Baku)
Koen Casteels, 2 – An afternoon to forget for the Belgian stopper. Arguably at fault for two of Borussia Dortmund’s goals. A consistent performer in the Bundesliga over the years, this is one of his worst performances.
Maxence Lacroix, 3
Sebastiaan Bornauw, 4
John Brooks, 3
Ridle Baku, 5
Xaver Schlager, 5
Max Arnold, 6
Yannick Gerhardt, 4
Jonas Wind, 5
Max Kruse, 3 – Not a typical Max Kruse performance. Anonymous and substituted at the break.
Lukas Nmecha, 4 – Had a chance to open the scoring inside three minutes but was denied by Gregor Kobel.
Others: Kevin Mbabu (6), Jérôme Roussillon (5), Aster Vranckx (-), Felix Nmecha (-)