Summary

  • Eight Bundesliga clubs represented.
  • A pair from three different clubs make the team.
  • Two defenders get on the scoresheet.

1. FC Köln, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and Borussia Dortmund all dominate with multiple players in Matchday 19's Team of the Week.

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Goalkeeper

Thomas Kessler (1. FC Köln)

Having conceded only two goals in his last four appearances for the Billy Goats, Thomas Kessler has been a strong replacement for the injured Timo Horn. Despite persistent pressure from VfL Wolfsburg, Kessler kept a third clean sheet in his ninth appearance for Köln this season to secure the Billy Goats three points as it finished a narrow 1-0 at full-time.

Kessler averages the third-most saves per game in the league this season. © imago

Defenders

Konstantin Rausch (1. FC Köln)

Not only integral in maintaining Köln's clean sheet 12 tackles, Rausch was also a threat up front for the Billy Goats. Hitting the crossbar from a corner kick, the 26-year-old was a constant outlet for his side and had with an impressive 74 touches, which was the most on the pitch as Köln constantly threatened the Wolfsburg goal.

Naldo (FC Schalke 04)

With his first goal since December 2015, Naldo's fierce free-kick from distance cancelled out FC Bayern München's early lead within just a couple of minutes. The Brazilian followed this up with some strong defending as the Royal Blues held the Bavarians and walked away from the Allianz Arena with a well-earned point.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos (Hamburger SV)

Technically still a Bayer 04 Leverkusen player, Papadopoulos scored the only goal in Hamburg's victory. With the game heading to a goalless draw, a winning header from the Greece international condemned his parent club to their ninth loss of the season and moved his current side out of the automatic relegation places.

Papadopoulos' goal was his first since April 2015, when he last scored for Leverkusen.
Papadopoulos' goal was his first since April 2015, when he last scored for Leverkusen.

Midfielders

Genki Haraguchi (Hertha Berlin)

It took Haraguchi only 61 seconds to score Hertha Berlin's match winning goal to down FC Ingolstadt 04 on Matchday 19, their fastest goal in 14 years. The Japan international was a persistent threat and had the most shots of any Hertha player as the capital club took a valuable three points in the race for European football.

Mahmoud Dahoud (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

In Borussia Mönchegladbach's 3-0 win against SC Freiburg, Dahoud's play-making from the midfield was vital in breathing life into Gladbach's attack. Covering a match-high 12.78km and making 12 tackles, his liveliness across the field reflected in the Foals' result.

Kerem Demirbay (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)

Despite not being on the scoreboard in Hoffenheim's 4-0 win over 1. FSV Mainz 05, Demirbay helped his club in other ways. Covering an impressive 12.17km, the 23-year-old won 17 challenges tp snuff out any chance of a Mainz comeback.

Ousmane Dembele (Borussia Dortmund)

Assisting Aubameyang for the only goal of the match against RB Leipzig, Dembele was a thorn in the oppositon's side with a number of chances before he combined with his the Bundesliga's top scorer for the winner. Leaving both Marvin Compper and Willi Orban in his wake, Demebele's pin-point cross landed perfectly for Aubameyang to give the hosts the lead and Dembele his eighth assist of the season.

Watch: Haraguchi praises his team following winning Matchday 19:

Forwards

Adam Szalai (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim)

Despite Hoffenheim's two-goal lead, that was not enough for Szalai. A brace from the Hungary international in the final five minutes of play doubled Hoffenheim's lead and ensured that Julian Nagelsmann's side bounced back from their first defeat of the season against Leipzig at the first attempt.

Raul Bobadilla(FC Augsburg)

An assist and a match-winning goal made for a good day at the office for Augsburg's Bobadilla. The Paraguay international set up Jonathan Schmid to bring the match level at 1-1 before sending the home fans wild with a 94th minute winner against SV Werder Bremen.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund)

It's 17 in 17 for the Bundesliga's leading goalscorer as he reacted to earlier goals from Torjägerkanone rivals Robert Lewandowski and Anthony Modeste. Timing his run perfectly with a Dembele cross, Aubameyang's match-winning goal lifted Dortmund to third in the table and only eight points off the promoted side.

Watch: Dortmund's Tuchel thought his side deserved the three points:

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