Summary

  • Klassiker heroes Götze and Aubameyang feature.
  • Modeste one of three Köln players in the side.
  • Two from Mainz and two from Leipzig.

Two of the finest sharpshooters in the land lead the line in the Bundesliga Matchday 11 Team of the Week, but they are not the only ones who set pulses racing this past weekend.

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Goalkeeper

Thomas Kessler (1. FC Köln) - Making only his eighth Bundesliga appearance in a Köln shirt, Kessler excelled in the absence of injured first-choice goalkeeper Timo Horn in the Rhine derby. The 30-year-old made three saves of the highest order to deny Borussia Mönchengladbach trio Thorgan Hazard, Oscar Wendt and Fabian Johnson as Köln come from behind to seal a last-gasp 2-1 win at the BORUSSIA-PARK.

1. FC Köln goalkeeper Thomas Kessler will not forget his Rhine derby debut in a hurry. © imago / mika

Defenders

Niko Bungert (1. FSV Mainz 05) - A first Bundesliga goal since March 2015 from an unlikely source set the 05ers on the road to a 4-2 win over SC Freiburg. Bungert leapt like a salmon to power in Yunus Malli's 15th-minute corner at the OPEL Arena and won 12 challenges - the second-highest number of all players in a Mainz shirt.

Willi Orban (RB Leipzig) - Despite conceding twice against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Leipzig still managed to come out on top and make history as the first newly promoted side to go the first 11 matches of a season unbeaten. The match-winner at the BayArena? Orban, with the first Bundesliga goal of his career.

Sead Kolasinac (FC Schalke 04) - The Bosnia-Herzegovina international has really come into his own in recent weeks and put in another electric all-round display at wing-back against VfL Wolfsburg. As well as doing a fine job defensively, Kolasinac's driving run and cross teed up Leon Goretzka for the only goal of the game.

Sead Kolasinac (c.) is thriving at FC Schalke 04 under Markus Weinzierl. © imago

Midfielders

Marcel Risse (1. FC Köln) - After putting in more crosses than any player on the pitch against Gladbach, the Cologne native lashed in a postage-stamp free-kick that not even ten goalkeepers would have kept out, in the dying moments of an enthralling Rhine derby.

Yunus Malli (1. FSV Mainz 05) - With a goal and two assists - a well-struck penalty and a pair of inch-perfect corners respectively - the Turkey international orchestrated Mainz's third home win of the season and illustrated why he is quite possibly the best set-piece taker in the business.

Mario Götze (Borussia Dortmund) - Assuming tormentor-in-chief duties at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK, the Germany international put in a stellar shift at the office as BVB enjoyed a 1-0 win over defending champions FC Bayern München in Der Klassiker. Götze's trickery bamboozled former teammate Mats Hummels and his assist for the match-winning goal was measured to perfection.

Emil Forsberg (RB Leipzig) - After scoring the equaliser - his fifth of the season - with his only shot on goal of the game to bring the scores to 2-2 against Leverkusen, the Sweden international provided the assist for Orban's game-clinching effort nine minutes from normal time.

Watch: Leipzig's Emil Forsberg on goalkeeper Peter Gulasci's heroics in Leverkusen:

Forwards

Anthony Modeste (1. FC Köln) - There was a touch of good fortune about Köln's equaliser in Gladbach as Jannik Vestergaard's attempted clearance cannoned into the back of the net off Modeste, but the physical Frenchman deserves credit for being in the right place at the right time. He has now scored two thirds of the Billy Goats' Bundesliga goals this season - 12 in total.

Moritz Hartmann (FC Ingolstadt 04) - It was always going to take something special for Ingolstadt to break the winless cycle, and that is exactly what Hartmann provided on Matchday 11. The 30-year-old showed great technique to send a stunning 18-yard volley beyond the reach of SV Darmstadt 98 goalkeeper Michael Esser as Die Schanzer picked up their first win of the season on new head coach Maik Walpurgis' debut.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) - Modeste is in good company at the top of the Bundesliga and European scoring charts after Aubameyang's instinctive finish against Bayern brought up the Gabon international's 12th Bundesliga goal of the campaign and fifth in his last two outings. The 27-year-old ran the defending champions ragged at times and would have had a second but for a fine Manuel Neuer save in the second half.

Watch: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reflects on Dortmund's Klassiker triumph:

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