2. Bundesliga Matchday 5 was not short of talking points, controversy and goals – until Monday night that is – in what was an incredible weekend. While there were a glut of goals and strikers stole the show, some defenders stood out as there were surprise results at the top and bottom.
GK: Alexander Brunst (1. FC Magdeburg)
Picking a goalkeeper this week wasn’t easy, that’s for sure. That was until Alexander Brunst made his 2. Bundesliga debut for Magdeburg. The 23-year-old replaced Jasmin Fejzic and was calm and cool throughout. Some communication problems were negated and he made two stellar stops from headers in the second half to hold onto his clean sheet.
CB: Tim Kister (SV Sandhausen)
Sandhausen’s defence has improved markedly in the last few weeks and they were just minutes away from getting a first win on the board this weekend. While that didn’t materialise, Tim Kister put in another solid showing at the heart of the defence. Kister’s experience and leadership has been key as Kenan Kocak’s men try to turn the corner.
CB: Dario Dumic (Dynamo Dresden)
The Bosnian centre-back must have been inspired by his club-mate’s goalscoring exploits during the international break, as he fired home the impressive second goal against Jahn. Aside from that strike, Dumic put in a strong defensive showing against a dangerous attack and will most certainly
LB: Douglas Santos (Hamburger SV)
It’s not often a defender stands out having conceded twice, but this is an exception. Douglas Santos was a constant threat down the left-hand side for HSV and was one of the few players in the team who could lay claim to a consistent performance on Saturday.
RM: Cauly Oliveira Souza (MSV Duisburg)
MSV have had a slow start to the season and, up until the 75th minute against Union, they were set to be the first pointless and goalless side after five matchdays in 2. Bundesliga history. However, Cauly turned that around. He grabbed a messy equaliser before a superb ball played in Richie Sukuta-Pasu to give them the lead. A 2:2 draw was vital improvement.
CM: Philipp Klement (SC Paderborn 07)
While the entire Paderborn squad put in a mammoth showing against Köln at the weekend, Klement was the star of the show. Even though he missed a penalty, Klement had the piece of mind to follow-up on the rebound and his first was also a fine finish. The 26-year-old’s goals were enough for the three points, but a late assist crowned the performance.
CM: Sebastian Ernst (SpVgg Greuther Fürth)
Sebastian Ernst has always been known for his hard work, but this was more than just graft. The 23-year-old has moved into central midfield in recent weeks and taken to that like a duck to water. Not only did he do the dirty work, but Ernst managed to feature heavily in the build-up and was instrumental against a very strong opposition midfield trio.
LM: David Atanga (SpVgg Greuther Fürth)
There were some doubts over David Atanga’s move to Fürth following his failed loan at Heidenheim, but this performance has gone a long way to dispelling those doubts. He set up the final three Fürth goals, including two superbly subtle flicks for the second and fourth. A goal of his own was all that was missing on what was an amazing individual performance.
CF: Lukas Hinterseer (VfL Bochum)
After four games without a goal and Silvere Ganvoula breathing down his neck, the pressure was increasingly on for the Austrian to deliver. Hinterseer did just that, with a hat-trick against his former employers. Two penalties were confidently dispatched, which nicely sandwiched a header from Robbie Kruse’s cross. A super all-round performance.
CF: Pierre-Michel Lasogga (Hamburger SV)
Well, it’s big Pierre. When he came on at half-time, HSV were struggling and things didn’t get any easier when they fell behind. However, within nine minutes of grabbing his first, Lasogga turned the game on its head with a hat-trick. It was nothing to write home about and the first one was somewhat debatable, yet he is just want HSV needed.
CF: Daniel Keita-Ruel (SpVgg Greuther Fürth)
There were some concerns over whether or not Keita-Ruel would be able to adapt to 2. Bundesliga quickly enough, only for that to be confidently answered within five weeks. The former Fortuna Köln forward continued his fine form with a brace against Holstein Kiel, with two fine finishes to get the better of Kenneth Kronholm.
2. Bundesliga Team of the Week
Brunst; Kister, Dumic, Douglas Santos; Cauly, Klement, Ernst, Atanga; Hinterseer, Lasogga, Keita-Ruel.
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