At the top of the table, Ingolstadt lost their unbeaten start to the season as Rene Weiler got off to the perfect start as manager of Nurnburg. On Monday evening, 2nd placed Fortuna Dusseldorf played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Greuther Furth while in contrast, 3rd placed Darmstadt played out a dour 0-0 with Kaiserslautern, on Friday night.
Elsewhere, Heidenheim, RB Leipzig and Karlsruher remain hot on the heels of the top 3 and Braunschweig’s fine run continued as their 3-0 win at FSV Frankfurt saw them make it 4 league wins in a row.
Bochum finally won their first home game of the season with a 4-0 win over lowly Aalen while 1860 Munich put more pressure on Norbert Duwel as they won 4-1 at Union Berlin.
This week’s team of the week was very hard to pick. There were a number of fine, individual performances, especially from the goalkeepers and strikers and there are number of players that can consider themselves very unlucky to have missed on the XI.
Let’s take a look at the team of the week for matchday 14.
Patrick Rakovsky – Rakovsky has recently established himself as the number 1 goalkeeper, ahead of the veteran Raphael Schafer and the Nurnburg goalkeeper gave a 5 star performance as his side ended Ingolstadt’s unbeaten start to the season. Rakovsky made a number of excellent stops and even managed to grab a rare assist as he claimed an Ingolstadt cross before quickly releasing the ball for Jakub Sylvestr, who double his side’s lead.
Georg Teigl – Teigl’s last appearance in the team of the week came in an attacking role but this week’s appearance comes in his usual right back position. The RB Leipzig man put in a fine performance in both defence and attack against St Pauli, on Sunday. The young defender’s pace and power caused havoc for the Pauli defence as Red Bull ran riot over the struggling Hamburg outfit.
Aytaç Sulu – While Dominik Stroh-Engel has received most of the attention and praise this season, it is Sulu that has arguably been Darmstadt’s best and most consistent player. The Darmstadt captain has led by example this season, with his side conceding just 12 goals in the opening 14 games. The centre back led Darmstadt to their 7th clean sheet of the season as the Bundesliga 2 new boys successfully frustrated a Kaiserslautern side that is full of attacking talent.
Jonathan Tah – Despite his side conceding 3 goals to Furth, on Monday night, the on-loan defender again makes the team of the week. The 18 year old again showed maturity beyond his years as he put in another assured defensive performance. Tah was strong both on and off the ball and he has already established himself as arguably the best defender in Bundesliga 2. This boy really is a star in the making.
Valdet Rama – In what has been a difficult season for 1860 Munich, Rama has been one of the better players, having scored 2 and assisted 3 in his opening 9 games for the club. On Saturday, the Albanian winger gave his strongest performance of the season as he inspired 1860 Munich to a surprisingly emphatic win over Union Berlin. In the space of just 10 minutes, Rama grabbed 2 assists (both for Rubin Okotie) before grabbing a goal of his own, after good work from Daniel Adlung.
Yusuke Tasaka – After 2 frustrating seasons, the Japanese midfielder has finally started to show the Bochum fans his best work. Tasaka has had a fine season for his club and after a previously quiet month, he returned to form with a bang on Friday evening. In the hour that he was on the pitch, everything good that Bochum did came through Tasaka and he managed to grab an assist (his 5th of the season) as Aalen struggled to contain the his movement and passing.
Charlison Benschop – The F95 man has a fine record against Greuther Furth and one was to expect that he would play a prominent role when the 2 sides met on Monday night. The Dutchman continues to thrive in his new attacking midfield role and he took his record against Furth to 4 goals in 3 games as he scored 2 more in this game. Benschop’s excellent season continued as he opened the scoring after seizing on a mistake from Wolfgang Hesl and he then got his 2nd when he scored an excellent penalty that he himself had won.
Robert Leipertz – The former Schalke player has found himself having a frustrating season as he struggles to establish himself in this Heidenheim side. Leipertz has yet to start more 2 games in succession after a series of hit and miss performances. However, Leipertz did his chances of a 3rd consecutive start no harm after a great performance against Sandhasuen, on Friday evening. The winger was involved in all 3 of his side’s goals as he grabbed the assists for both Schnatterer and Neiderlechner’s goals and he also scored a goal of his own to cap his finest performance yet for his new club.
Rubin Okotie – The Austrian striker continues to fill his boots in the Bundesliga 2 and Union Berlin were the latest side to fall victim to his excellent attacking instincts. Okotie took his league tally for the season to 10 goals as 1860 picked up a rare victory in what has been a disappointing season. Okotie’s first goal saw the striker show great movement and composure as he lost his marker before finishing beyond Daniel Haas and the striker again beat Haas with smart lobbed finish just 7 minutes later.
Robert Zulj – The Austrian U-21 International has really struggled to get going at his new club, Greuther Furth. Zulj has found it hard to establish himself in the first XI and he had gone 3 months without a goal, having not found the net since the 2nd game of the season. However, Zulj finally made his mark at his new club as he scored 2 goals in Monday’s 3-3 draw with Fortuna Dusseldorf. Zulj’s first saw him lose his man to head in Furth’s 2nd goal and he then grabbed a late equaliser with a fine first-time finish as he beat Lars Unnerstall at his near post.
Terrence Boyd – Boyd continues the Austrian theme as all 3 attackers in this matchday’s team of the week have recently spent time in the Austrian Bundesliga. The American striker, who recently joined Red Bull Leipzig from Rapid Vienna has recently returned from a 2 month injury absence and he is already showing why Leipzig were willing to part with £1,800,000 to obtain his services. Boyd scored his first 2 league goals for his new club and while his first goal may not have the prettiest he’s ever scored, his 2nd goal was a fine demonstration of control and power as he side-stepped 2 defenders before hammering beyond Tschauner.
Honourable Mentions: Andreas Luthe (Bochum), Stefan Ortega (1860 Munich), Martin Mannel (Erzgebirge Aue), Timo Perthel (Bochum), Marcel Correia (Braunschweig), Manuel Torres (Karlsruher), Dimitrij Nazarov (Karlsruher), Marc Schnatterer (Heidenheim), Rani Khedira (RB Leipzig), Daniel Adlung (1860 Munich), Daniel Frahn (RB Leipzig), Florian Niederlechner (Heidenheim), Jakub Sylvestr (Nurnburg), Kacper Przybylko (Greuther Furth) and Havard Nielsen (Braunschweig).
Player of the week
Goal of the week
From one end to the other in less than 10 seconds. Patrick Rakovsky’s long pass was superbly controlled by Jakub Sylvestr before the Nurnburg striker dribbled away from the defence, rounded the goalkeeper and finished.
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