Munich - FC Bayern München may have one eye on their upcoming UEFA Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid CF, but it was still going to take something very special to beat the champions at the Allianz Arena.
‘A massive lift’
Borussia Dortmund’s resounding 3-0 victory in Munich was in no small part down to another imperious display from Marco Reus. The midfielder set up Henrikh Mkhitaryan to open the scoring against Pep Guardiola’s side, before netting his seventh goal in four matches just after half time to double BVB’s lead. Jonas Hoffmann completed the scoring, but it was Reus’ all-round display that earned him bundesliga.com’s Player of the Week award for the second time in three weeks.
Reus, who received 45 per cent of the post-matchday poll, was full of praise for his team-mates after the final whistle. “We matched them man for man and were clinical in front of goal,” he told reporters. “We knew before the game that Bayern would have plenty of possession. That’s why it was important to get at them high up the pitch. Quick players like [Pierre-Emerick] Aubemeyang and Mkhitaryan help in that respect. Both wins this week have given us a massive lift for the DFB Cup semi-final [against VfL Wolfsburg]."
Second with 37 per cent was 1899 Hoffenheim keeper Jens Grahl. The 25-year-old stopper pulled off a string of outstanding saves to deny FC Augsburg at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar-Arena and help the Sinsheim club secure a 2-0 victory over Markus Weinzierl’s team. The win was also Grahl’s first top-flight clean sheet in his career. “I feel great after today’s game,” he said afterwards. “We took our foot off the gas a little in the second half, but we finally kept a clean sheet and deservedly won.”
In third place…
1. FSV Mainz 05 striker Yunus Malli came third with seven per cent of the vote. The midfielder grabbed der Karnivalverein’s third against a lacklustre SV Werder Bremen on Saturday, and the 22-year-old could easily have added to his personal tally for the afternoon. Unluckily for him, he was twice denied by the woodwork and had one goal ruled out for offside.
Lars Stindl had an incredible ten attempts at goal in Hannover 96’s 2-1 win against Hamburger SV. Stindl, who received six per cent of the vote, opened the scoring for Tayfun Korkut’s team, and Didier Ya Konan sealed a priceless win after Hakan Calhanoglu had equalised for HSV just after half time. FC Schalke 04’s Julian Draxler came fifth with three per cent after helping the Royal Blues beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1, while Kevin De Bruyne’s two assists in Wolfsburg’s 4-1 victory against 1. FC Nürnberg earned him two per cent of the vote.
See more of Reus' heroics here, courtesy of the Bundesliga's official Youtube channel: