Cologne - has been voted Matchday 14 Player of the Week by bundesliga.com's users after helping Borussia Dortmund secure a much-needed win over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

The Germany World Cup winner received 65 per cent of the poll for an heroic defensive display that culminated in only BVB's second clean sheet of the current league campaign.

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was a long way off in second (24 per cent), despite registering the first hat-trick of his professional career in FC Schalke 04's thumping 4-0 victory away to Huub Stevens' VfB Stuttgart. The win moved Roberto Di Matteo's improving charges level on points with fourth-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

completes the three-man ballot (11 per cent). The Croatian international was instrumental in VfL Wolfsburg's Lower Saxony derby win at Hannover 96, providing the assist for all three of the Wolves' goals to keep the 2008/09 Bundesliga champions firmly in with a shout at domestic honours, seven points behind leaders FC Bayern München.