- Chicharito leads the attack after brace at Augsburg.
- Bremen's Wiedwald keeps goal.
- Dortmund's Piszczek in after a goal and two assists.
A second straight win for Bayer 04 Leverkusen helped them contribute three players to the Bundesliga Team of the Week for Matchday 21.
Werder won for the first time in 2017 with a battling 2-0 victory at 1. FSV Mainz 05, thanks in no small part to their man between the posts. Wiedwald pulled off several crucial saves to help earn a win that closes the gap on Hamburger SV above them in the fight to avoid relegation to just one point. It was only Werder’s second clean sheet of the season to date.
Hertha must have thought they were home and dry against champions FC Bayern München, thanks partly to the Plattenhardt free-kick that Vedad Ibisevic flicked in. The 25-year-old defender’s performance typified a spirited effort from Hertha that was denied three points so dramatically by Robert Lewandowski in the 96th minute.
Bayern gradually asserted themselves in the Olympiastadion, with Hummels in particular roving further upfield as the league leaders sought to claw their way back into the game. The latest-ever goal in Bundesliga history saw Bayern claim a point, but Hummels’ efforts at the back meant they were never totally out of touch in the capital.
Dortmund are renowned for their vibrancy and youth, but 31-year-old Piszczek is showing the youngsters exactly how it should be done. He scored with an opportunistic header and had a hand in the other two goals in Saturday's 3-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg. It was the Pole’s fifth goal of the season, making him the most prolific defender in the Bundesliga to date this term.
Watch: Piszczek praised the team performance in beating Wolfsburg.
The Swedish star has been in outstanding form all season, and with a goal and an assist in Leipzig’s 2-1 win away to Borussia Mönchengladbach, he kept that rich vein of form going. He boasts a league-high nine assists and his efforts are helping to keep the Bundesliga’s surprise package in touch with Bayern.
Werder’s recent arrival, who joined from FC Kobenhavn in January, broke his Bundesliga scoring duck in fine style, lifting a brilliant free kick up and over the wall for the second goal in the Green-Whites’ victory at Mainz.
The talented 17-year-old played his part in the 50,000th goal in Bundesliga history, crossing for Karim Bellarabi to convert, and it was his pass that bisected the FC Augsburg defence to lay on Javier Chicharito’s clincher in the 3-1 victory for Leverkusen. Havertz ran 11.68km and also topped Die Werkself’s lists for tackles (14) and touches (74).
Karim Bellarabi (Bayer Leverkusen)
The Germany winger wrote his name into the history books with that 50,000th Bundesliga goal, but he also stretched Augsburg’s defence all night, with five attempts on goal, 41 sprints and 86 fast runs.
Watch: Bellarabi dedicated scoring the 50,000th Bundesliga goal to suspended team-mate Hakan Calhanoglu:
Look up the phrase ‘impact substitute’ and you may see the Croatian’s name following his 40-minute appearance off the bench against SV Darmstadt 98. Having replaced Karim Demirbay early in the second half, Kramaric raced on to Marco Terrazzino’s pass to grab his first, before converting from the penalty spot in stoppage time to seal a 2-0 win that put the Sinsheim club back into the UEFA Champions League places.
Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez (Bayer Leverkusen)
The Mexican striker is back to his irrepressible best, with his brace against Augsburg taking him to ten for the season. He has found the net five times in his last three outings and he will be eyeing Saturday’s visit of Mainz hungrily.
Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
Latching on to yet another assist from Forsberg, Werner doubled the lead for Leipzig against Gladbach, having already teed his Swedish team-mate up for the first goal before half-time. Werner has now reached 12 for the campaign and remains the leading German goal scorer in the Bundesliga this season.
Watch: Leipzig's Werner says he no longer panics in front of goal: