Summary

  • Stindl in after his brace at Leverkusen.
  • Frankfurt's Lindner keeps goal thanks to clean sheet at Schalke.
  • Three Leipzig players make the grade.

RB Leipzig dominate the Matchday 18 Team of the Week, with three players making up the XI.

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Goalkeeper

Heinz Lindner (Eintracht Frankfurt)

In the absence of the suspended Lukas Hradecky, Lindner was as solid as a rock for Frankfurt away at FC Schalke 04 on Friday. He pulled off a number of saves to shut out the Royal Blues and help the Eagles climb to third in the table courtesy of a 1-0 win.

Heinz Lindner excelled for Frankfurt at Schalke on Matchday 18.
Heinz Lindner excelled for Frankfurt at Schalke on Matchday 18.

Defenders

David Alaba (FC Bayern München)

Alaba shone both in attack and defence on Matchday 18. The Austria international was at the heart of a determined defensive rearguard that held off SV Werder Bremen to earn a 2-1 win, while he also scored a stunning first-half free-kick. Four of Alaba's last five goals have been from dead balls, while all 13 of his career Bundesliga goals have come with his left foot.

David Abraham (Eintracht Frankfurt)

Abraham has been integral to Frankfurt's defensive solidity this term, playing in all 18 matches in the Bundesliga. After victory at Schalke, Frankfurt have now conceded just 15 goals and kept eight clean sheets.

Pawel Olkowski (1. FC Köln)

Poland international Olkowski was an important outlet for Köln in their handsome 6-1 win at SV Darmstadt 98. He created the own goal scored by the home side's Aytac Sulu and performed both his attacking and defensive duties diligently.

David Alaba's brilliant free-kick proved ro be the difference for Bayern against Bremen.
David Alaba's brilliant free-kick proved ro be the difference for Bayern against Bremen.

Midfielders

Pascal Groß FC Ingolstadt 04

Groß led from the front as Ingolstadt claimed three priceless points in the relegation fight by beating Hamburger SV. His typically energetic display was capped with a spectacular half-volley that flew into the top corner from an acute angle, his first league goal since October 2015.

Naby Keita (RB Leipzig)

Keita proved once again he is the glue that holds the Leipzig side together. His powerful run into the box allowed Tobias Werner to equalise and his stamina helped his team make the most of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim's numerical disadvantage late on.

Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig)

Once again, Sabitzer proved a thorn in the Hoffenheim side on Matchday 18. He netted a injury-time leveller in the return game back on Matchday 1 and scored the winner this time around, ensuring Leipzig's seventh home league win in a row.

Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München)

That Bayern led 2-0 at the break in Bremen was in large part down to Dutch wing wizard Robben. He scored the opener - a vicious, rasping strike that left the goalkeeper stranded - and won the free-kick from which Alaba made it 2-0.

Watch: Robben reflects on the champions' win at Werder:

Forwards

Lars Stindl (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

Stindl got the Dieter Hecking era at Borussia off and running on Matchday 18. The Gladbach captain scored his first league brace for the club in the win at Bayer 04 Leverkusen and his five goals make him the club's leading marksman this term.

Yuya Osako (1. FC Köln)

Osako was at the heart of all of Köln's good attacking work at the Jonathan-Heimes-Stadion am Böllenfalltor. He scored twice - his first ever brace in the Bundesliga - and proved the perfect foil for Köln's leading scorer Anthony Modeste, who also helped himself to a goal.

Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)

Werner’s goal against Hoffenheim was his 11th of the season, making him the top-scoring German in the Bundesliga outright, one goal ahead of TSG's Sandro Wagner. The 20-year-old is in the form of his life.

Watch: Werner gives his thoughts on Leipzig's victory:

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