Julian Weigl gets a perfect 10 as Dortmund beat Sporting Lisbon
Borussia Dortmund made a huge step forward to finishing in the top half of Group F by beating Sporting 2-1 at the Estadio Jose Alvalade. In the end they saw out a hectic match that ended after seven minutes of injury time.
Taking BVB's injury malaise into consideration and the fact that the Black and Yellows had to make all three substitutions due to injury, they can more be happy with the three points. For their Champions League campaign it was a crucial result.
The Ruhr side might have won the battle, but at the price of more casualties. They will hope that Marc Barta, Felix Passlack and Matthias Ginter didn't pick up serious injuries.
Manager rating out of 10
Thomas Tuchel, 8 -- The Dortmund coach faced a tough decision as he had to pick a makeshift left-back. Later in the match, he also had to bring on right-back Lukasz Piszczek as a makeshift centre-back.
Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)
GK Roman Burki, 8 -- The Swiss goalkeeper had to make use of every inch of his body to deny Sporting several times throughout the match.
DF Matthias Ginter, 7 -- With Piszczek unable to start, Ginter started in the right-back position and put in an extremely solid performance. With Bartra going off, Ginter switched to the centre-back position, but only lasted a few minutes as he had to be substituted with what looked like a slight concussion.
DF Marc Bartra, 7 -- After missing four matches due to injury, the Spanish centre-back returned to the starting XI. He was one of the best in Black in Yellow until he poked a ball back to Roman Burki in the box, which resulted in an indirect free kick for the hosts and a goal when Bruno Cesar drilled the ball into the net. The 25-year-old had to off injured minutes later.
DF Sokratis Papastathopoulos, 7 -- The Greek centre-back was passed fit in time for this crucial tie to captain the match in the absence of Marcel Schmelzer. It was vital for Dortmund to have Sokratis back, who was rock solid in defence.
DF Felix Passlack, 7 -- With Schmelzer and Raphael Guerreiro out injured and Joo-Ho Park omitted from the Champions League squad, Dortmund lacked a natural left-back. Thomas Tuchel trusted 18-year-old Passlack with the job, who struggled at times to mirror the maturity beyond his years on the right-back position.
MF Julian Weigl, 10 -- Weigl could have hardly imagined his first career goal to be more elegant than the one he scored in the 43rd minute. He beat Elias in midfield with one body feint and scooped the ball into the corner from just outside the box with a beautiful strike.
MF Christian Pulisic, 7 -- The United States international made his second start. As so often, he ran at his opposition at pace and had a shot which clipped the bar in the 78th minute. The 18-year-old showed that he is happy at Champions League level.
MF Mario Gotze, 8 -- The 24-year-old faced slight criticism after his performance against Hertha Berlin. But he silenced his critics, releasing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with a fine ball to set up BVB's first goal of the night.
MF Shinji Kagawa, 6 -- Kagawa is yet to fully convince in 90 minutes. The Japanese was fielded next to Gotze in central midfield, but was too often let down by his own decision making. He can do much, much better.
MF Ousmane Dembele, 7 -- The 19-year-old didn't take the limelight, but he was still effective to put the pressure on Sporting's defence. Defensively, he has taken big strides since arriving in Dortmund.
FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 7 -- Sporting defender Ruben Semedo bit Aubameyang's dust as the striker ran past him in the eighth minute. The striker calmly finished with his trademark lob to bring his team in front and had another two excellent chances to double his tally in the second half.
DF Lukasz Piszczek, 7 -- The right-back came on for Bartra after 68 minutes, but had to replace the injured Ginter in central defence minutes later. For a makeshift CB, he did his job fairly well.
DF Sebastian Rode, 6 -- He replaced Ginter to play as a makeshift right-back. He didn't look too comfortable in that position, but one cannot fault him too much after coming on in the most hectic phase of the match.
DF Dzenis Burnic, NR -- The 18-year-old made his debut for Dortmund in stoppage time to replace Passlack at left-back. He made a vital clear just before the referee blew the final whistle after seven minutes of added time.
Stefan Buczko covers Borussia Dortmund for ESPN FC. Twitter: @StefanBuczko.