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Dortmund 2-2 Sevilla Player Ratings: Haaland makes history despite VAR farce

The Norwegian superstar has become the fastest player to reach 20 Champions League goals following his outing

 
11:05pm on Tuesday 9th March 2021
By
Martin Macdonald

Borussia Dortmund secured qualification to the last eight of the Champions League on Tuesday after drawing with Sevilla in the second leg of the last 16, with Erling Haaland once again proving the difference for BVB.

The game finished 2-2 on the night and 5-4 on aggregate, with Haaland scoring two of the goals in the second leg in Germany.

Unfortunately for the big Norwegian, the game will also be remembered for a truly farcical situation surrounding VAR.

In the second period, Haaland scored a goal that was disallowed. When checking for that goal, the referee brought play back for a penalty, which Haaland missed.

Then, the referee ordered the penalty to be taken again as Yassine Bounou was off his line. The Dortmund striker then scored at the second attempt.

For the players on the pitch, who impressed on the night?

Dortmund 2-2 Sevilla: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

✔️ Youssef En-Nesyri: 7.6

Youssef En-Nesyri was actually so quiet in the first half that he would certainly have been in danger of being replaced for Luuk de Jong until he clawed a goal back for Sevilla in the 68th minute.

He would ensure a very nervous end for the home side, too, as it was his bullet header in the 96th minute which took the tie to 5-4.

The striker remarkably only completed 10 passes on the night, though.

❌ Emre Can: 5.3

Can was actually okay during the opening 20 minutes of the game as he helped Dortmund keep Sevilla at bay, but thereafter he was partly at fault as the German side became predictably ragged at the back.

He only won 3/7 duels on the night, and lost possession eight times.

Despite being in the middle of the action at the back, he made just one interception the entire game.

Erling Haaland: 8.3

Haaland was by far the best player over both legs and deservedly earns his status as the FootballCritic Man of the Match.

Despite not featuring too much within the first quarter of the game, he burst into life, as did Dortmund as a whole, 10 minutes before the break when he scored from a few yards out after a cutback from Marco Reus.

It was a finish to a move that saw Dortmund press Sevilla high up the pitch for the first time.

He was extremely unlucky to see a terrific goal disallowed for allegedly shoving Diego Carlos to the ground, but he was simply much stronger than the Sevilla defender.

Moments later he would gain his second of the game with a penalty, though - even if he was allowed a second attempt from the spot.

He won the majority of his duels on the night, and enjoyed 40 touches of the ball overall.

Like the first leg, his general presence was menacing to the Sevilla backline.

Dortmund 2-2 Sevilla: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

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