Bundesliga 2 Team of the Week: Matchday 11

Ingolstadt extended their lead at the top of Bundesliga 2 after Kaiserslautern and Fortuna Düsseldorf both canceled each other out. Both Red Bull Leipzig and Karlsruher got their promotion pushes back on track while FSV Frankfurt and Union Berlin both picked up valuable wins that moved them away from the relegation zone. Down at the very bottom, 1860 Munich’s miserable season continues after losing, at home, to Eintracht Braunschweig, who picked up their first league away win in 14 months.
Let’s take a look at the team of the week for matchday 11.

Goalkeeper

Lars Unnerstall – The former Schalke man was given his full debut, for Fortuna Düsseldorf, in their clash, with Kaiserslautern. Unnerstall had a fine debut, with his first big save coming after only 30 seconds of the game as he denied Marcel Gaus, when one on man with the Kaiserslautern winger. The keeper then proceeded to make a number of important stops before he was finally beaten in the dying moments of the game.

Defence

Dennis Kempe – Kempe was in excellent form as Karlsruher ended a 4 game winless run with an emphatic win over St Pauli, on Saturday. Kempe was a constant threat down the left flank and grabbed the assists for the opening 2 goals of the game, putting in his strongest performance of the season in the process.

Benjamin Hübner – Hübner makes the team of the week for the second consecutive week after another impressive display. This time, against high-flying Heidenheim.the Ingolstadt man put in another assured performance as Ingolstadt became only the second team to prevent to prevent the Bundesliga new boys from scoring, this season.

Toni Leistner – The Union Berlin centre back has had a difficult time of it this season and had found himself dropped to the bench for the previous 2 games. However, Leistner was asked to replace Fabian Schoneheim for their relegation battle, with VFR Aalen, on Friday evening and he put in a performance of the highest quality. Leistner was in dominant form and topped his performance off with the equalising goal as Union went on to grab a valuable 3 points.

Danny da Costa – Danny da Costa has been one of the unsung heroes of the Ingolstadt side that currently leads the Bundesliga 2. The 21-year-old right back has put in a series of solid shifts for the league leaders and he put in another strong performance, against Heidenheim, on Sunday. The young German was a constant threat down the right hand side and almost grabbed his first goal for the club.

Midfield

Vincenzo Grifo – Grifo, on loan from Hoffenheim, has been the club’s stand out player this season and he put in a sparkling performance as FSV Frankfurt won 5-2 at a previously unbeaten Greuther Fürth. Grifo scored an excellent hat-trick as FSV moved out of the relegation zone. His first goal saw him show great initiative to find a small gap between the wall and the near post with his free-kick. Grifo then scored with a wonderful volley (see this week’s goal of the week) before he finally got his hat-trick with a late penalty.

Roger – The Brazilian midfielder was in fine form, on Sunday, for the league leaders. While others have taken the plaudits for Ingolstadt’s excellent start to the season, Roger has quietly gone about his work and Sunday was another example of this as the 29-year-old did a great job of protecting his back four.

Axel Bellinghausen – Bellinghausen finally looks to have overcome his injury demons and has been in very good form since he returned to the Fortuna Düsseldorf team two months ago. Bellinghausen wasn’t able to showcase all of his attacking qualities against his former side, Kaisersluatern but it is incredible work rate and selflessness that earns him a place in this matchday’s team of the week. In a game in which Fortuna spent most of the game without the ball, Bellinghausen showed both his defensive and attacking qualities to help his side to a hard-earned point.

Hiroki Yamada – Since joining the club, from his homeland, the Japanese attacking midfielder has had a mixed time of it, at Karlsruher. However, Yamada has been allowed to play in a more central role over the past few weeks and he put in a sterling performance, in Pauli, on Saturday. Yamada showed good composure as he grabbed 2 goals as Karlsruher got their promotion push back on track after having a tough time of it over the previous month.

Striker

Lukas Hinterseer – The Austrian striker has been a resounding success since joining the Ingolstadt from Wacker Innsbruck. The young hitman has 5 goals, this season, including 4 in his last 5 appearances, with his goals being directly responsible for 10 of the club’s 25 points. Hinterseer continued his impressive start with another goal as Ingolstadt edged out Heidenheim to extend their lead at the top of the table.

Zlatko Dedic – Dedic has struggled to displace Edmond Kapllani since he joined FSV Frankfurt. However, the Slovenian was finally given the opportunity to lead the line for Friday’s game, against Greuther Fürth and he did not disappoint. The former Dresden showed great composure to grab his first goal for the club and he could have had more if not for some good goalkeeping.

Honourable Mentions

Andreas Luthe (VfL Bochum), Rene Klingbell (Aue), Marvin Compper (RB Leipzig), Filip Luksik (Aue), Anthony Jung (RB Leipzig), Matthias Wittek (Heidenheim), Selcuk Alibaz (Karlsruher), Raffael Korte (Braunschweig), Rouwen Hennings (Karlsruher), Daniel Frahn (RB Leipzig), Yussuf Poulson (RB Leipzig).

Player of the week

Vincenzo Grifo

Goal of the week

Vincenzo Grifo takes the goal of the week for the 3rd time this season. Grifo’s 2nd goal was the pick of the bunch as the young Italian inspired FSV Frankfurt to win in Fürth.

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