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Bundesliga Top Five, Round 14: Reus and Sancho lead Dortmund rout
Bundesliga

Bundesliga Top Five, Round 14: Reus and Sancho lead Dortmund rout

BVB were superb as they put five past Dusseldorf

 
9:00pm on Sunday 8th December 2019
By
Martin Macdonald
Marco Reus
AM, F (C) - Dortmund - 30 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
73'
10
Dec 7, 2019
2Goals
1Assists
6Total shots
41Final third passes
11Touches in box
3Dribbles
6Duels won
76Touches

Dortmund were in scintillating form on Saturday as they comfortably defeated Dusseldorf 5-0, with Reus scoring two and setting up another. He was deployed in the centre-forward position, and even though he drifted out to the wing every so often, it would be from the centre that he would twice find the back of the net. His first was a well-taken finish with his left foot, and the second was squeezed under the goalkeeper from close range. He assisted Jadon Sancho's goal with a pass inside from the line after some lovely interplay between the pair The BVB captain sent 41 passes into the final third and had 11 touches inside the opposition box.

Sebastian Andersson
ST (C) - Union Berlin - 28 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
10
Dec 8, 2019
2Goals
7Total shots
5Shots on target
7Touches in box
23Duels won
18Aerials won
9Ball recovered
4Fouled

An awesome leading-the-line performance from Andersson; not only did he contribute two invaluable goals in Union's easy win over a poor Koln side, but it was in his relentless physical battles with Koln's back line that made all the difference. Andersson won 23 duels and 18 aerials, easily the highest of the round in both categories, and, to coin a phrase, they just couldn't handle him in any capacity.

Jadon Sancho
AM (RL) - Dortmund - 19 yrs
90'
10
Dec 7, 2019
2Goals
1Assists
4Total shots
2Crosses
2Dribbles
91Passes
83Passes completed
112Touches

Like Reus, Sancho also scored a double and set up another goal in Dortmund's win. The Englishman twice benefited from superb work from his team-mates for his two goals, which were both expertly converted with a composed pass into the corner after balls in from the wing. His assist came for Thorgan Hazard, as he slid a pass down the left channel for the Belgian to run through and score. He sent more passes into the final third than anyone else in the Bundesliga on Saturday with 52, while he had the fourth-most touches of anyone with 112.

Thorgan Hazard
W (R), AM (L) - Dortmund - 26 yrs
90'
9.3
Dec 7, 2019
1Goals
1Assists
2Total shots
4Crosses
33Final third passes
13Touches in box
4Dribbles
81Touches

A third Dortmund player in a row now in the form of Hazard, which displays just how excellent the hosts were at the Westfalenstadion. It was the Belgian who scored their second of the night with a perfect finish curled into the bottom right corner after running into the area. He returned the favour to Sancho, who assisted, him, with an assist of his own from the right wing as he sent a low cross in for his team-mate to slot home. He sent four crosses into the box during his time in the game, as well as completed four dribbles.

Lucas Alario
S (C) - Leverkusen - 27 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.2
Dec 7, 2019
2Goals
4Total shots
3Shots on target
7Touches in box
9Duels won
5Aerials won
1Big chances
88Successfull passes %

Leverkusen's form has taken a bit of a bounce recently - five wins in six now - and Alario's virtuoso display in attack clinched victory over Schalke. Two well-taken goals from the Argentine settled a tight contest and Alario led the line well, winning nine duels and five aerials duels as Schalke's defence couldn't handle him. Alario hasn't always been a starter this season but this display is likely to lock him in position for the next few weeks.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Julian Brandt (9.1) the fourth member of Dortmund's explosive attack, just missed out on the top five, showing the depth of their dominance.

ROUND TO FORGET

Hoffenheim's Stefan Posch (4.9) had a torrid time against Timo Werner and RB Leipzig's awesome attack.

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