Borussia Dortmund are out of the Europa League after drawing 2-2 with Rangers on the night but losing 6-4 on aggregate. How did the players fare?
Gregor Kobel, 7 – Dived the wrong way for James Tavernier’s penalty but made two good saves to deny Scott Arfield in the first half and Alfredo Morelos from an acute angle in the second when the score was 2-2, an important save. Calm on the ball and other than those two, wasn’t really tested.
Thomas Meunier, 5 – The Belgian was replaced at half-time after picking up an injury. Considering this was Meunier’s first game back from injury after completing just one full training session, the right-back was decent. Strong in the tackle and stood his ground against a physical side.
Emre Can, 6 – With Manuel Akanji and Dan-Axel Zagadou out, Emre Can’s first game back from injury was in central defence. A nervy start, the German settled into the game and brought the ball out of defence rather well. Caught dwelling on the ball which Morelos and Ryan Kent capitalised on to give Rangers a 3-2 lead but after consulting VAR, it was deemed a foul on Can.
Mats Hummels, 3 – Struggled with the physicality of Alfredo Morelos. His missed header presented the Colombian with a chance to make it 2-2, Kobel denying Morelos. Hummels was then at fault for Rangers’ equaliser. His missed interception resulted in the ball finding its way to Tavernier, who made no mistake in scoring.
Nico Schulz, 5 – In the starting XI after Raphael Guerreiro complained of a muscular injury before the game. Not the best in possession of the ball but did his job defensively, despite being rarely tested. Showed great pace in a recovery run to deny Kent who was through on goal with 15 minutes remaining.
Mahmoud Dahoud, 6 – Struggled alongside Jude Bellingham when playing as the deepest midfielder. Showed physical strength but too many wayward passes and lost possession of the ball on several occasions.
Jude Bellingham, 8 – Borussia Dortmund’s best player on the evening. The one who showed the most fight. Hit the post after four minutes and scored the equaliser before assisting Donyell Malen with a beautiful flick. Always demanded the ball.
Julian Brandt, 4 – Lapse in concentration and an idiotic tackle on Kent in the penalty area, which resulted in Tavernier scoring from the spot to give Rangers the lead. Successive corners that just weren’t up to standard. Error-prone and didn’t offer anything creative.
Marco Reus, 6 – Was often the first player to initiate the pressing trap but struggled to create in the final third. Could have had a penalty but stayed on his feet. Went off with an injury.
Thorgan Hazard, 5 – Played through the middle alongside Donyell Malen when Reus dropped deep as the No. 10. Also tried his luck on both flanks but to no avail.
Donyell Malen, 7 – Impressive first half display. Showcased speed and dribbling, scored the goal that gave Borussia Dortmund a 2-1 lead heading into the break and then tested Alan McGregor three minutes later after cutting in from the left flank. Game fizzled out towards the end.
Others: Marius Wolf (6), Youssoufa Moukoko, Reinier, Steffen Tigges, Axel Witsel (-)