Matchday 17: Team of the Week

FC Bayern München, RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Bayer 04 Leverkusen all dominate the Matchday 17 Team of the Week following key victories.


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Michael Esser (SV Darmstadt 98) - Darmstadt needed something special to snap an eight-game losing streak and Esser delivered it. The Bundesliga's bottom club were under pressure early on against Borussia Mönchengladbach but after 10 minutes the home goalkeeper produced a game-changing and potentially season-altering save. Raffael looked certain to score from six yards out, only for Esser to make a breathtaking reaction stop. It helped the 29-year-old earn his second clean sheet of the season.

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Andre Schürrle (Borussia Dortmund) - Schürrle took his chance in the absence of leading scorer Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, getting his first league goal for Dortmund by calmly rounding Werder keeper Jaroslav Drobny after only five minutes.

Guido Burgstaller (FC Schalke 04) - Schalke desperately needed three points against second bottom FC Ingolstadt 04 and Burgstaller's dream debut helped the Royal Blues snatch a 1-0 victory. The former 1. FC Nürnberg striker was introduced at half-time and was in the right place to sweep home in the 92nd minute.

Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) - Lewandowski got Bayern level against Freiburg, before scoring a stunning winner in injury time. It was the fifth time the Polish striker had netted twice in a Bundesliga game this season and he has now scored 135 Bundesliga goals – making him the second most prolific foreign scorer in Bundesliga history.

Watch: Lewandowski on his relief at a hard-earned three points to open 2017.

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