• Frankfurt's goalscoring defenders form core of the back line.
  • Modeste's reward for brace is place in the attack.
  • Three from Dortmund and three from Frankfurt.

The first round of midweek matches in the Bundesliga saw an extra dose of drama, and no shortage of goals either – particularly from some more unexpected outlets. presents its Team of the Week for Matchday 4...


Roman Bürki (Borussia Dortmund) – Dortmund's 5-1 win over VfL Wolfsburg does not tell the whole tale of the match. Emphatic as it was, it could so easily have been a crushing defeat for Dortmund had it not been for their Swiss custodian's heroics.

Bürki performed heroics to keep Wolfsburg down to just one goal in midweek. © imago / Hübner


Bastian Oczipka (Eintracht Frankfurt) – His goal was a sweet strike that any Bundesliga striker would have been proud of, but he did not neglect his defensive duties either, helping the Eagles keep a clean sheet in Ingolstadt.

David Abraham (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Alongside Oczipka both in a defensive and attacking sense, with the first of his side's two goals in Ingolstadt, unlocking the game on the stroke of half-time.

Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund) – Another defender among the scoring, but the Pole added to that with numerous dangerous crosses from his darting runs forward in support of his forwards.

Bastian Oczipka (l.) showed he is more than just a defender as Frankfurt beat Ingolstadt. © gettyimages / Adam Pretty


Franck Ribery (FC Bayern München) – The Frenchman mesmerised the Hertha defenders as he jinked his way to Bayern's opening goal in the top-of-the-table clash, showing signs of being back to his very best.

Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund) – The UEFA EURO 2016 winner grabbed his first Bundesliga goal and was a constant threat going forward for Thomas Tuchel's attack-minded crew.

Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Delivered the corner for Abraham's opener, and much more besides in a performance which confirms the Mexican is now more than just finding his feet in the Bundesliga - he's letting them do some talking too.

Thiago Alcantara (FC Bayern München) – A cheeky glance to check the offside flag was down was a fun way to celebrate, since the Spaniard knew full well he had timed his run to punctual perfection.

Thiago crowned Bayern's 3-0 win over Hertha with a goal after pulling the strings in midfield all game. © gettyimages / Adam Pretty


Timo Werner (RB Leipzig) – The Bundesliga newcomers are drawing on the wealth of experience Werner has to bring to the table from his VfB Stuttgart days, and he showed how his eye for goal has sharpened this season to help them extend their unbeaten start to the season.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund) – Two more goals from a man who is taking his threat to beat Robert Lewandowski to the top-scorer's prize this season seriously.

Anthony Modeste (1. FC Köln) – Not only has Modeste been making waves with his goals this season, but his celebration has become something of a show-stopper – and the Billy Goats' fans got to see it twice on Matchday 4.

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And here it is once again, the Matchday 4 Team of the Week: