German Bundesliga Team of the Week

Defending champions Borussia Dortmund bounced back from a disappointing two weeks in stunning fashion as they demolished Borussia Monchengladbach 5-0

And that's Dortmund's 4th goal of the match
Noah Tan

By Noah Tan

Jurgen Klopp side's stuttering start to the campaign has seen them fall behind by seven points to current table toppers Bayern Munich, who this week made it six win out of six with a 2-0 victory over Werder Bremen, but Die Borussen have certainly sent a message to the Bavarians with their dominating performance that they were not quite ready to relinquish their title without a fight.

Newly promoted Eintracht Frankfurt's unbeaten run in this season's Bundesliga continued with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Freiburg, while Wolfsburg's horrible form sees no sign of abating as they slumped to a 2-0 loss to FC Mainz.

Elsewhere, Schalke were the first team to breach the Fortuna Dusseldorf defence this season but they had to settle for a 2-2 draw after Fortuna launched an amazing second half comeback to earn them a point. 

Here, ESPNSTAR.com takes a look at the best players from the Bundesliga this week. The formation chosen is 3-1-3-1-2.

GK: Rene Adler (Hamburg)

Adler earns himself a spot in the Bundesliga team of the week for the second week in a row as his outstanding early season form continued with an incredible display of goalkeeping to keep out Hannover and ensure his Hamburg side would be able to grind out a 1-0 victory.

His catlike agility and reflexes were needed to clear a goalbound header from Karim Haggui off the line early in the game and he was soon called into action once again to deny Didier Ya Konan's header minutes later. The 27-year-old then made probably the most impressive save of the night late in the game with a superb reflex dive to deny Ya Konan's effort from creeping into the back of the net.

CB: Neven Subotic (Borussia Dortmund)

The 23-year-old centre-back is usually known for denying goals rather than scoring them but the former Mainz player showed just what a goal threat he could be at the other end of the pitch. He gave a sign of things to come in the 12th minute, rattling the crossbar after rising highest to meet a Marco Reus cross. He was not to be denied a goal however, as he doubled Dortmund's lead with a determined header from a Jakub Blaszczykowski corner to put the ball past the despairing dive of Marc Andre ter Stegen.

Subotic was also defensively sound and Borussia Monchengladbach were just unable to find a way past the imposing defender, whose aerial ability ensured that many of the opposition crosses into the box would not find its target.

CB: Sebastian Langkamp (Augsburg)

The 0-0 draw between Hoffenheim and Augsburg was a sombre affair under the backdrop of Boris Vukcevic tragic accident which left him in a coma in hospital. In a dull game where chances were far and few between, Langkamp stood out as the standout performer for Augsburg as his domineering presence in defence for the Fuggerstädter ensured that his side would be able leave the Rhein-Neckar Arena with at least a point.

Epitomising calm and composure at the back, the 24-year-old's most telling contribution in the game was to deny Hoffenheim's Joselu from scoring with a remarkable block on the line.

CB: Junior Diaz (Mainz)

Diaz's first goal for Mainz could not have come at a better time as he opened the scoring for his side against Wolfsburg, making an extraordinary leap off the ground to beat Naldo in the air and head home Andreas Ivanschitz's cross.

Defensively, Diaz was a stable presence at the back and his uncompromising tackles kept the Wolfsburg forwards on their toes. The 29-year-old defender showed great maturity in leading his backline and used his excellent reading of the game to help ensure that Mainz would be able to keep a clean sheet.

DM: Luiz Gustavo (Bayern Munich)

The Bayern Munich defensive midfielder once again showed manager Jupp Heynckes that he was not about to give up his spot in the team to new high-profile signing Javi Martinez without a fight. In an evenly contested game, Gustavo was the unlikely source of inspiration for the Bavarians as he opened the scoring with a fantastic goal. The Brazilian opened the scoring and set his team on the way to a victory in the 81st minute when he received the ball from 20 yards out and surprised everyone when he fired off dipping shot which sailed over the head of Werder Bremen custodian Sebastian Mielitz.

The 25-year-old was also an energetic presence in the middle of the pitch for Heynckes' men and got himself stuck in on numerous occasions to deny the Bremen midfield any time and space to do any damage to his side.

CM: Andreas Ivanschitz (Mainz)

Ivanschitz was the main creative outlet for Mainz in their 2-0 victory over Wolfsburg as the metronomic figure's slick passing helped the Die Nullfünfer stretch Felx Magath's men time and again. The 28-year-old's accurate crosses were a thorn in the Wolfsburg side throughout the game and it was unsurprising that both of Mainz's goals came through the feet of Ivanschitz.

The former Panathinaikos player's cross for Diaz in the 27th minute was inch-perfect and the defender just needed a touch to divert the cross into the back of the net. Ivanschitz then set up Adam Szalai 10 minutes later when his deceptive cross caused havoc in the Wolfsburg defence before falling to the feet of Szalai who volleyed home.

CM: Sidney Sam (Bayer Leverkusen)

Sam, a substitute in Bayer Leverkusen's 2-0 win over cellar dwellers Greuther Furth made a case for his inclusion in Sami Hypia's future starting line-ups with an enterprising display in midfield which resulted in the former German Under-21 player scoring both goals for his side.

The former Hamburg player's excellent off-the-ball movement allowed him to find space in the penalty box in the 50th minute to control Andre Schurrle pass before swivelling and firing an accurate shot into the bottom corner of the net. His second was a much simpler effort, with Sam showing great predatory instincts to be at the right place at the right time to tap the ball into the net from 10 yards out following Daniel Carvajal low cross into the box.

CM: Alexander Meier (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Newly promoted Frankfurt's incredible start to the season continued with a 2-1 victory over Freiburg at the Waldstadion which saw the home side impress throughout the game. And no one impressed more than Meier, who ran the show for Armin Veh's men and created numerous opportunities for himself with his uncanny knack of finding space in tight spaces in the penalty box.

The versatile midfielder rescued his side from what would surely be an undeserved defeat with two extremely well taken goals; his first in the 68th minute showcased how nimble he is on his feet when he received Bastian Oczipka's cross in the box, turned sharply and volleyed the ball into the top left-hand corner of the goal. Meier's second came when he out-jumped everyone in the box to meet an Oczipka (a serious contender for inclusion into this week's team) corner and plant his header accurately past Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann.

AM: Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)

The first name on the list for this week's Bundesliga Team of the Week was Reus after the 23-year-old gave his former club Borussia Monchengladbach a night to forget with a masterful performance to lead his side to a 5-0 rout at the Westfalenstadion.

A goalless half hour which saw Dortmund dominate the game but fail to put away any of their chances had the home crowd on edge after Die Borussen's poor showing in recent times but Reus calmed the nerves when he broke the deadlock in the 35th minute with a fine individual goal; he shimmied past two players, showed great strength to hold off Gladbach's Alvaro Dominguez before slotting the ball into the corner of the net.

Reus second goal came midway through the second half when he spotted a gap in the far corner of former teammate Marc Andre ter Stegen's goal and curled the ball beautifully past the hapless Gladbach goalkeeper. The German international then turned provider when he charged down the left and crossed it into the box for Ilkay Gundogan to smash the ball home for Dortmund's fourth goal of the night.

ST: Dani Schahin (Fortuna Dusseldorf)

Fortuna had not conceded a goal yet this season prior to their game against Schalke but they were stunned with two well taken goals by the Royal Blues in the first half. Instead of letting their heads go down, the recently promoted side showed great spirit to launch a fight back in the second half, a spirit epitomised by their talismanic striker Schahin, who got both his side's goals to earn his side a point.

Schahin's aerial ability was causing the Schalke defence all manners of problems throughout the game and it was through his head that Fortuna managed to pull one back for his side in the 47th minute after he headed a corner accurately into the roof of the net. Fortuna's comeback was complete when the 23-year-old managed to get his head onto Tobias Level's cross and divert the ball into the goal past the reach of Schalke custodian Lars Unnerstall.

ST: Vedad Ibisevic (Stuttgart)

The quickest goal of this season's Bundesliga campaign currently belongs to Ibisevic after the Stuttgart striker reacted quickest to intercept a horrendous back pass by Nuremberg defender Marcos Antonio before calmly slotting the ball into the back of the net just 24 seconds into the game.

The 28-year-old was physical upfront and held the ball up well for his team, unselfishly creating several good opportunities for his teammates. The former Bosnian footballer of the year then capped off his match winning performance with an assist, cleverly setting up Martin Harnik to score in the 75th minute and confirm his side's victory.



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