Bundesliga

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.

Goalkeeper

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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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Forwards

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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