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

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Zenit St. Petersburg vs. Borussia Dortmund: Live Player Ratings
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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
Player Position H/T Rating F/T Rating
Yuri Lodygin GK 6 6
Aleksandar Anyukov RB 5 5
Nicolas Lombaerts CB 5 5
Neto CB 5 5
Domenico Criscito LB 3 3
Axel Witsel CM 7 6
Oleg Shatov CM 6 6
Viktor Fayzulin CM 5 5
Andrey Arshavin LW 5 5
Hulk RW 6 6
Salomon Rondon ST 6 6
Subs
Anatoliy Tymoshchuk DM 6 3
Igor Smolnikov RB N/A N/A
Alexander Kerzhakov ST N/A N/A

B/R UK

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.

 

BVB XI

Borussia Dortmund XI
Player Position H/T Rating F/T Rating
Roman Weidenfeller GK 7 7
Lukasz Piszczek RB 7 8
Manuel Friedrich CB 7 7
Sokratis CB 7 6
Marcel Schmelzer LB 8 8
Sebastian Kehl DM 7 7
Nuri Sahin DM 7 7
Kevin Grosskreutz LW 7 8
Henrikh Mkhitaryan AMC 7 6
Marco Reus RW 8 9
Robert Lewandowski ST 8 9
Subs
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang MID N/A 6
Jonas Hofmann MID N/A N/A
Eric Durm MID N/A N/A

B/R UK

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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