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Dortmund's Christian Pulisic comes off bench to net a 9/10 in Ingolstadt draw

Christian Pulisic scored late to give Dortmund a draw at Ingolstadt.
Christian Pulisic arrived to change the game.

When Dortmund look back at their season and wonder where they dropped unnecessary points that ruled them out of the title race, the 3-3 draw away to Ingolstadt will spring to mind.

Positives

With Bayer Leverkusen losing 3-0 at home to Hoffenheim, another contender for the Champions League spots dropped points as well. Dortmund can at least thank their fighting spirit for battling their way back into the match after being down 2-0, and, of course, they can thank Christian Pulisic for the late equaliser.

Negatives

The focus has to go on Dortmund's calamitous set-piece defending. The Black and Yellows once again dug their own grave by conceding identical set-piece goals in the first half. However, Dortmund have to think long and hard about their focus going into a match against a team that lost six matches in a row and needed to win. They were completely outplayed by the last-place team in the first 30 minutes.

A draw means that Dortmund have only won four out of eight league matches this season, seeing them lose ground. If there is a Bundesliga title race this season, BVB don't look to be part of it.

Manager rating out of 10

Thomas Tuchel, 3 -- Set-piece defending is one of the basics in football. Although Tuchel has to constantly rotate his defence, there seems to be a big blind spot here.

Player ratings (1-10; 10 = best. Players introduced after 70 minutes get no rating)

GK Roman Weidenfeller, 7 -- With Roman Burki on the bench due to a cold, Weidenfeller got a rare start. The veteran goalkeeper was mostly busy picking the ball out of his own net, but he managed to prevent Ingolstadt from killing off the match early in the second half.

DF Lukasz Piszczek, 5 -- The right-back was maybe the best of Dortmund's horrendous back line, which wasn't hard to achieve on Saturday.

DF Matthias Ginter, 4 -- Like his teammates, Ginter often was too passive to deny Ingolstadt from gaining offensive momentum. The Bartra-Ginter centre-back partnership probably won't last long at this rate.

DF Marc Bartra, 3 -- The centre-back failed to mark the smallest player on the field, as Almog Cohen headed home a set-piece goal for Ingolstadt after six minutes. Bartra was also second best against Dario Lezcano in the 24th minute from a similar set-piece situation. He was often criticised at Barcelona for a lack of physical defending. Here he showed why.

DF Joo-Ho Park, 2 -- The Korean left-back looked rusty on his first start since January. A row of overhit passes coupled with lacklustre tackling marked his first half, which is why he was replaced after 45 minutes.

MF Julian Weigl, 4 -- After scoring top marks against Sporting, Weigl unveiled his defensive flaws in this game. As Lezcano scored Ingolstadt's third goal just seconds after Dortmund got on the scoreboard, Weigl slipped in the box to give his opponent a free shot on target.

MF Shinji Kagawa, 5 -- The Japanese midfielder tried to pick out passes, but every time he looked up, he failed to spot his teammates. Currently he is not a player the Ruhr side can rely on when things get tough.

MF Ousmane Dembele, 6 -- In the first half, Dembele looked far too casual against a team that fought tooth and nail for their first win of the season. In the second half he found Aubameyang for Dortmund's first goal and pre-assisted Pulisic for the second goal.

FW Adrian Ramos, 7 -- The Colombian striker returned from injury and picked up only his third appearance of the season. He put his name on the score sheet in the 69th minute thanks to a deflection on his shot to make it 3-2.

FW Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 7 -- Aubameyang walked on the pitch wearing the captain's armband for the first time. In the 59th minute, his header had Orjan Nyland beaten, but he didn't do much else.

Substitutes

MF Christian Pulisic, 9 -- The United States international replaced the hapless Park at half-time and saved the day for Dortmund by scoring the stoppage time equaliser and assisting Dortmund's second goal.

MF Mario Gotze, 7 -- The Germany midfielder replaced Castro around the hour mark and brought a few more ideas into Dortmund's midfield than Castro, who mostly tried to score from distance.

MF Felix Passlack, 7 -- The 18-year-old effectively played on the left of midfield after coming on for Kagawa after 70 minutes. His shot from distance in the 79th minute forced Nyland into his first spectacular save of the day.

Stefan Buczko covers Borussia Dortmund for ESPN FC. Twitter: @StefanBuczko.

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