Summary

  • Six goals shared by three prolific forwards.
  • Plenty of goals from midfield.
  • Defensive scorers make it into TOTW.

There were goals coming from all quarters in bundesliga.com's Matchday 9 Team of the Week.

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Goalkeeper

Lukas Hradecky (Eintracht Frankfurt) – Eintracht Frankfurt certainly had their goalkeeper to thank for a precious clean sheet at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday night. He notably made a fine reflex save from Oscar Wendt in the 72nd minute, turning the ball instinctively onto the crossbar to secure his side a point.

Hradecky kept a valuable clean sheet with some fine saves against Gladbach.

Defenders

Tin Jedvaj (Bayer 04 Leverkusen) – Called into the team at the last minute due to an injury to Jonathan Tah, the Croatian full-back not only slotted into a new role at the heart of the Leverkusen defence, but he also scored his first goal since September 2014 to secure Die Werkself's victory.

Niklas Süle (TSG 1899 Hoffenheim) – Denied a goal early on, Süle did not let that stop him as he headed in Hoffenheim's winner against Hertha Berlin to make it five wins in a row for Julian Nagelsmann's men. Süle then proceeded to keep things tight at the back as Hertha never had a look-in, before earning a standing ovation when substituted late on.

Sead Kolasinac (FC Schalke 04) – The superlatives to describe Kolasinac's Revierderby display were certainly not lacking, not least for his match-saving tackle on Christian Pulisic late on in the game. The Bosnian defender trampled every blade of grass in the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK, embodying the determination his team needed to grab a point which extends their unbeaten run to four games.

Niklas Süle and Hoffenheim celebrate their 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin © imago / Thomas Frey

Midfielders

Yunus Malli (1. FSV Mainz 05) – That Mainz have scored 12 of their last 12 penalties has a lot to do with Malli's spot-kick precision. However, the 05ers midfielder is much more than just a penalty taker, as he showed on Matchday 9. His goal took the 24-year-old up to fifth in the Bundesliga scoring charts, and he is now just one short of becoming the club's joint all-time top-scorer in the Bundesliga (currently Mohamed Zidan with 29).

Marcel Sabitzer (RB Leipzig) – Until Sabitzer took to the field on Saturday, Leipzig's attack had looked blunt. Seven shots on goal had caused no problems to Darmstadt custodian Michael Esser, until Sabitzer came on and gave his team the lead. The trigger-happy forward continued to pepper Esser's goal until he got his and Leipzig's second, extending their unbeaten start to the season to nine.

Vincenzo Grifo (SC Freiburg) – Showed strength of nerve to slot home Freiburg's penalty in their 3-1 win at SV Werder Bremen which helped open up a 12-point cushion over the relegation zone. After scoring his first Bundesliga goal recently, Grifo is now oozing confidence, and Freiburg are feeling the full benefit.

Arjen Robben (FC Bayern München) – Two assists and one goal: Robben was back to his very best on Matchday 9. The Dutchman formed a formidable partnership with Robert Lewandowski – dubbed Robbendowski – as Bayern beat FC Augsburg 3-1 with an impeccable attacking display.

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Forwards

Maximilian Philipp (SC Freiburg) – Another goal in the 3-1 win at Bremen ensured Philipp was the talk of the Bundesliga at the weekend. He dribbled his way through the massed ranks of Bremen defenders before providing a fine finish, even as he appeared to be falling. "It was a top quality goal," said his coach Christian Streich. Philipp admitted even he is surprised by how many goals he is scoring, but added that he doesn't let himself "get knocked off the ball so easily", as he proved on Matchday 9.

Anthony Modeste (1. FC Köln) – There is no player in any of Europe's top leagues with more goals than Modeste after his Matchday 9 hat-trick took him onto 11 for the season in nine games. It was the first hat-trick from a Köln player since Tino Polster in 1997 – who also netted three against Hamburg. The French forward is now four goals clear at the top of the scoring charts, and his team are up to fourth in the Bundesliga.

Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern München) – 480 minutes without scoring is a long time for any forward, but when you are Lewandowski, that is an eternity. It was high time he ended that drought, then, and he did it in the way only he knows how: with a brace. For the 32nd time, the Pole scored more than one goal in a game, with only eight players in the history of the Bundesliga netting more than once in a game more frequently. Lewandowski is back, and the Bundesliga is trembling.

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