Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Man of the Match Poll: Borussia Dortmund Hold Off Union Berlin Comeback to Win 4-2

Borussia Dortmund survived a late comeback from Union Berlin to win 4-2, and keep up with the leading pack in the Bundesliga. The first half was far more comfortable than you’d expect against Union Berlin, with BVB taking a 2-0 lead from a Guerreiro boomer and a Haaland header , and the second half started in the same fashion, with BVB’s third coming from an own goal. But Dortmund like to keep things interesting. Witsel gave up a penalty which Max Kruse converted, before BVB conceded their usual sad piece goal, making it 3-2 with about ten minutes left. Things started to look a little nervy, until popped up for his second goal of the game, an absolutely ludicrous lob that no player has any business pulling off.

Union looked a little tired, having played European football for the first time in the week, but they’re a tough team to beat regardless. Those three points puts Dortmund in second place, just a point behind Bayern Munich, though that could change in a little over an hour’s time, with Wolfsburg about to play Frankfurt. Sure there have been a few hiccups, but four wins from five games is a solid start!

Here are my nominations for man of the match.

His brilliant goal earned him a nomination, but I also thought he played really well throughout the game, contributing tons in ball progression and producing more in the final third than he has in recent games. He has looked a little off so far this season, hopefully this is him returning to his best.

Meunier has looked so much better this season, and it’s great to see. That’s his third assist in as many games, and it was a peach of a cross. I also thought he was really solid in defense as well. Good job!

Two vital goals, one of which was phenomenal. He was a little quiet at times, but he delivered when he needed to.

Akanji has barely put a foot wrong so far this season, and today was much the same. He contributed on both ends of the ball, and he has become a composed anchor in this BVB side. You love to see it!
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