Cologne - The bundesliga.com users have voted and, with just 0.52 per cent separating the top two, it was Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Raffael who clinched the Matchday 33 Player of the Week by the slimmest of margins.
The Brazilian moved onto double digits in the goalscoring charts for the current campaign with a brace against SV Werder Bremen that guaranteed Gladbach a place in the UEFA Champions League group stages next season. The Foals, who have the best record of all 18 top-flight sides in the second half of the season, now have 66 points to their name, a tally they last boasted with one game left in the 1983/84 campaign.
Splitting hairs between the two-goal heroes
It was a tight run race for top spot in the poll, but in the end the 30-year-old (35.97 per cent) did just enough to edge out future team-mate Lars Stindl (35.45 per cent). The Gladbach-bound midfielder has been providing the heroics for a Hannover outfit struggling near the foot of the table of late and, in scoring both goals in the Reds 2-1 win over FC Augsburg, ensured they picked up their first win of 2015. Stindl has scored in his last three outings, but Matchday 33’s encounter was the first in which the 26-year-old had scored that the Hannover had gone on to win.
Bringing up the rear in the voting was SC Freiburg’s Admir Mehmedi, who appears to have found his goalscoring boots at the right moment for Christian Streich’s side. The Swiss international grabbed Freiburg’s all-important equaliser, his second goal in as many games, in a 2-1 home win over league leaders FC Bayern München. His performance saw his rake in 29 per cent of the poll.