PLAYER RATINGS | FC Köln 1-1 Borussia Dortmund – Salih Özcan impresses against a poor BVB

Borussia Dortmund failed to close the gap to leaders Bayern Munich after putting in a mundane performance against a fighting FC Köln side. Sebastian Andersson equalised after Marius Wolf had put the visitors in the lead as 50,000 returned to the RheinEnergieStadion on Sunday evening.

Borussia Dortmund – 1 (Marius Wolf)

Gregor Kobel, 4

Felix Passlack, 3

Emre Can, 3

Manuel Akanji, 3

Raphaël Guerreiro, 4

Axel Witsel, 4

Jude Bellingham, 5 – As per, continues to showcase excellent work-rate and is the driving force from midfield, being the linkup between defence and attack. His exquisite, lofted ball found Marius Wolf for Borussia Dortmund’s only goal.

Gio Reyna, 5

Marius Wolf, 5 – Scored the opening goal for Borussia Dortmund, excellent movement behind the Köln defence and excellent two-touch finish. Idiotic booking that put him on thin ice for the remainder of the game. Put in the km’s but not much to show for it.

Thorgan Hazard, 3 – Unconvincing performance by the Belgian. Failed to create anything going forward and was absent throughout. A change in system midway through the second-half saw Hazard play as left wing-back.

Erling Haaland, 5 – Had an excellent opportunity to give Borussia Dortmund the lead 10 minutes into the second-half. Forced Marvin Schwabe into an excellent save and still working his way back to full fitness.

Others: Mats Hummels (5), Julian Brandt (-), Donyell Malen (-)

FC Köln – 1 (Sebastian Andersson)

Marvin Schwabe, 7 – Showcased his shot-stopping skills to deny Raphaël Guerreiro from distance in the first-half, also made an excellent save with his trailing foot to deny Erling Haaland in the second. Composed on the ball, there’s a reason why he’s now Steffen Baumgart’s No. 1.

Benno Schmitz, 2

Timo Hubers, 6

Luca Kilian, 7

Jannes Horn, 6

Salih Özcan, 8 – Arguably one of the Bundesliga’s most improved players. Controlled midfield as the single-pivot, invites pressure and remains composed to dribble his way out of trouble. Played a significant role in Sebastian Andersson’s equaliser.

Ondrej Duda, 6

Louis Schaub, 6

Mark Uth, 7

Sebastian Andersson, 7 – The Swede was in the right place at the right time to score the equaliser. Hasn’t had much luck in front of goal this season, scoring just his third Bundesliga goal of the season. Not as mobile as his strike partner but still caused problems for the BVB defence.

Anthony Modeste, 5 – A quiet game by the Frenchman’s standards. Often found himself drifting wide with Sebastian Andersson playing centrally and wasn’t able to impose himself on the game. Now four consecutive Bundesliga games that Modeste has failed to score in.

Others: Kingsley Ehizibue (6), Jan Thielmann (6), Tomáš Ostrák (-), Mathias Olesen (-)

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