Ample reason to cheer

Cologne - The sparkling form of Borussia Dortmund’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan didn’t go unnoticed by the users on a dramatic final day in Germany’s top flight last weekend.

The Armenian Footballer of the Year capped an engrossing individual performance with a delightful goal - a wonderfully executed lob over Koen Casteels - in an equally captivating 3-2 win over TSG 1899 Hoffenheim that clinched the Yellow-Blacks’ place in the qualifying rounds of the UEFA Europa League.

Mkhitaryan took 64 per cent of the weekly poll, beating FC Bayern München’s Bastian Schweinsteiger into second place (23 per cent). The midfield general, making his 500th competitive appearance for the club, netted his fifth goal of the season and completed 85.3 per cent of his attempted passes on a day which also saw the 24-time Bundesliga champions presented with the famous Meisterschale.

There were celebrations of a different kind at the Benteler Arena, meanwhile, after VfB Stuttgart striker Daniel Ginczek stuck away the match-winning goal that secured the Swabians’ place in the Bundesliga and sent hosts SC Paderborn 07 back down to the second tier. The 24-year-old garnered 13 per cent of the final ballot.