FC Augsburg newcomer Dong-Won Ji won the Player of the Week award for Matchday 18
FC Augsburg newcomer Dong-Won Ji won the Player of the Week award for Matchday 18

Ji wins Player of the Week

Munich - The Bundesliga returned with a bang this weekend, with goals and drama in abundance across the division.


Probably the biggest story of the weekend, however, came at Signal Iduna Park, where new FC Augsburg signing rescued a point for his current team against his future employers Borussia Dortmund. A sizeable 57 per cent of bundesliga.com users felt that Ji's display in the 2-2 draw draw merited our Player of the Week award.

After entering the fray in the 70th minute of Saturday's match against die Schwarz-Gelben, the mid-season signing from Sunderland AFC certainly didn't take long to make an impact on the game, rising above Sven Bender in the 72nd minute to head home Andre Hahn's cross with his very first touch.

In second place, with 16 per cent of the vote, was FC Bayern München's Thomas Müller. The attacking midfielder assisted Mario Götze's opening goal and converted from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute of Bayern's 2-0 win at Borussia Mönchengladbach, helping the Bavarians to become the first team to leave Borussia Park with maximum points this season.

Bittencourt at the double

Twenty-year-old Dortmund loanee Leonardo Bittencourt was instrumental in Hannover 96's 3-1 victory over VfL Wolfsburg at the Volkswagen Arena. The youngster's brace in Tayfun Korkut's first game in charge of the Lower Saxony club earned his team a much-needed three points, and himself 14 per cent of the post-matchday vote.

FC Schalke 04's Peru international Jefferson Farfan received nine per cent of the poll for his display in the Royal Blues' 3-0 win at Hamburger SV on Sunday. Farfan scored one and made the other two in the victory at the Imtech Arena, which closed the gap between Jens Keller's team and third-placed Dortmund to just two points.

Last, but not least...

In joint-fifth place, with two per cent of the vote, were SC Freiburg's Jonathan Schmid and 1. FC Nürnberg's Josip Drmic. The former's free-kick against Bayer 04 Leverkusen put the Black Forest club back on level terms for the second time at the Mage Solar Stadion, and he then set up Felix Klaus to give Freiburg a 3-2 win that lifts them out of the Bundesliga relegation zone.

Swiss international Drmic scored twice in Nürnberg's emphatic 4-0 victory victory over 1899 Hoffenheim - the Franconians' first league victory of the season - which closes the gap on 16th-placed Hamburg to just two points.

Recap exactly why Ji was the standout winner below, courtesy of the official YouTube channel.