Munich - Dortmund's outstanding form is not only helping them stay hot on the heels of FC Bayern München, but also abetting their players in picking up personal accolades, as Polish star Robert Lewandowski ran away with the Matchday 11 Player of the Week vote.
A breathtaking 58 per cent of bundesliga.com readers voted for the striker after his three-goal salvo in die Schwarz-Gelbe's 6-1 win against VfB Stuttgart took him clear at the top of the scorers' chart with an astonishing nine goals.
Lewandowski, known to his team-mates as 'the Body', warmed up a chilly Friday night in the Signal Iduna Park with three unanswered strikes in the space of 18 second-half minutes. His first goal, a thing of beauty, as he collected Marco Reus' backheeled through ball on his left instep before instinctively turning and volleying home with his right foot from six yards. The second strike was, in its own way, equally as good. Lewandowski needed just two touches, the first to control Henrikh Mkhitaryan's long through ball, the second to cooly slot the ball beyond Sven Ulreich.
In completing his hat-trick by displaying his true predatory instincts the Pole reduced a player of the quality of Franck Ribery to a mere 13 per cent of the Matchday 11 vote, despite the Frenchman inspiring his Bayern side to equal Hamburger SV's 30-year unbeaten Bundesliga record with a 2-1 win over 1899 Hoffenheim.
Kruse and Hahn not to be forgotten
Max Kruse was just three per cent off second place, which would surely not have been the case were it not for Lewandowski's stunning solo efforts. Kruse hit a brace as Borussia Mönchengladbach picked up their first win on the road in six months, 2-0 in Hamburg, and his goals demonstrated the very same eye for goal so honed by Lewandowski.
Two goals in a single game just didn't cut it this week as FC Augsburg's Andre Hahn finished fourth. The 23-year-old's first goal he credited to 'an unbelievable pass' from Daniel Baier, but his second was all his own work. Forced away from goal, the midfielder spun round while curling the ball from a tight angle into an empty net to help his side defeat 1. FSV Mainz 05 2-1.
Goalkeepers bring up the rear
Last but certainly not least in the readers' poll were two goalkeepers, each taking five per cent of the vote. Oliver Baumann bounced back from his three mistakes against Hamburger SV on Matchday 10 with a clean sheet, making an unbelievable 12 saves against 1. FC Nürnberg. Timo Hildebrand was in just as inspired form in the FC Schalke 04 goal as they ran out 2-0 winners against Hertha Berlin.
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