Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Borussia Dortmund: Live Player Ratings

Sam Tighe@@stighefootballWorld Football Tactics Lead WriterFebruary 25, 2014

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The UEFA Champions League resumes on Tuesday as Zenit host Borussia Dortmund.

Both sides have been seriously hit by injuries and will struggle to field full-strength XIs, while the Russians haven't played a competitive game in months.

Can BVB conquer Eastern Europe and come back with a result intact? Check in with us to find out!

We'll be dishing out half-time and full-time grades for both sides.


Zenit XI

Zenit St. Petersburg XI
PlayerPositionH/T RatingF/T Rating
Yuri LodyginGK66
Aleksandar AnyukovRB55
Nicolas LombaertsCB55
Domenico CriscitoLB33
Axel WitselCM76
Oleg ShatovCM66
Viktor FayzulinCM55
Andrey ArshavinLW55
Salomon RondonST66
Anatoliy TymoshchukDM63
Igor SmolnikovRBN/AN/A
Alexander KerzhakovSTN/AN/A

Lodygin: Helpless for the goals goals as Criscito and Co. put him on the spot.

Anyukov: A non-entity going forward but did well enough in the defensive phase.

Lombaerts: Struggled with Robert Lewandowski's presence throughout.

Neto: Also struggled with Lewandowski and the general pace of BVB's attack. Made errors in the passing game.

Criscito: Let Marco Reus slip for the first goal, out of position for the second. A generally poor showing.

Witsel: The one decent performance from a Zenit player; very strong in midfield.

Shatov: Started central but shifted to the left when Andrey Arshavin went off. Ineffectual for the most part, but did score a key goal.

Fayzulin: Did not assert himself in the centre and surrendered control of play too easily.

Arshavin: Barely touched the ball before leaving with a hamstring injury in the 15th minute.

Hulk: Had to drop very deep to find the ball, unable to get into strong positions in possession. Scored a cracking penalty but was generally bottled up.

Rondon: No service had him extremely frustrated, looked lively and battled well.  Hit the post.

(sub): Tymoschuk: Solid and steady initially, but proceeded to gift possession away over and over again. A key reason why they conceded so many.



Borussia Dortmund XI
PlayerPositionH/T RatingF/T Rating
Roman WeidenfellerGK77
Lukasz PiszczekRB78
Manuel FriedrichCB77
Marcel SchmelzerLB88
Sebastian KehlDM77
Nuri SahinDM77
Kevin GrosskreutzLW78
Henrikh MkhitaryanAMC76
Marco ReusRW89
Robert LewandowskiST89
Pierre-Emerick AubameyangMIDN/A6
Jonas HofmannMIDN/AN/A
Eric DurmMIDN/AN/A

Weidenfeller: A quiet evening for the goalkeeper. Sokratis' error caused the first goal, the penalty shouldn't have been given.

Piszczek: An excellent option roaming forward from right-back, grabbed a second-half assist. Tidy on the ball.

Friedrich: Strong and solid in the face of a combative opponent (Rondon).

Sokratis: Excellent when stepping out and dealing with potentially dangerous balls in to the front line. Gave away the ball for Zenit's opener, though.

Schmelzer: Did a good job on Hulk and helped in possession on the left. Cleared a chip off the line.

Kehl: Stepped in for Sven Bender superbly, led the deep midfield line very well.

Sahin: Tidy in possession, but did little in terms of killer impact. Don't read that as a slight on him, though.

Grosskreutz: A little iffy in terms of pass completion, but provided excellent cover for Schmelzer in engaging Hulk.

Mkhitaryan: Scored the opener, but had a quiet game. Disappointing final third passes.

Reus: A sensational run to create the first goal, converted the second brilliantly on the turn. Grabbed an assist for Lewandowski's second. An excellent showing.

Lewandowski: Worked his socks off, created the second goal and scored two himself. A brilliant night's work.



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