Cologne - SV Werder Bremen's remarkable rise up the table continued last weekend thanks to a 1-0 victory away to SC Freiburg, and match-winner has been duly rewarded for his delicious strike by winning the Matchday 24 Goal of the Week crown.

With the encounter poised at 0-0 in the 35th minute, the Argentinian striker controlled a right-wing cross inside the penalty area, turned towards goal and netted an outrageous curling effort into the top corner from the left-hand edge of the box.

Way out in front

It was the 25-year-old's 12th goal of the season, lifting him up to fourth in the Bundesliga scoring chart this term and earning him a whopping 61 per cent of the vote from bundesliga.com users. That was almost three times as much as his closest challenger , who took 23 per cent of the ballot after scoring a lovely free-kick to level the score at 1-1 for FC Bayern München away to Hannover 96.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen forward earned the bronze medal for his first goal in the Werkself's 3-0 win over Paderborn last Sunday, taking nine per cent of the overall tally, while FC Schalke 04 defender earned fourth spot for his superbly controlled half-volley to open the scoring against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. Bringing up the rear in fifth was 1. FSV Mainz 05's set-piece expert , who instigated his side's fightback against Gladbach with a spectacular long-range free-kick.