2. Bundesliga continues to throw up drama in a big way. This week was no different. With 18 goals in four incredible Sunday games, as well as plenty of entertainment on Friday and Saturday, there were plenty of standout players. But who made the cut for our Team of the Week?
GK: Philipp Pentke (Jahn Regensburg)
Philipp Pentke didn’t have too much to do against HSV, in fact the hosts looked largely toothless in what was a performance to forget. However, Pentke was calm and confident throughout. He also played his part in a possible turning point, with the experienced stopper saving Aaron Hunt’s penalty just before the break.
RB: Fabian Kalig (Erzgebirge Aue)
In an Erzgebirge Aue side that regularly doesn’t get the appreciation that they deserve, Fabian Kalig is more than worthy of a mention this week. The centre-back, who is able to play at right-back, put in another excellent showing against Duisburg. Many were surprised that Aue had been able to hang onto him in the summer, and this week highlighted why.
CB: Lasse Sobiech (1. FC Köln)
Another defender who needs no introduction is Lasse Sobiech. Given FC’s defensive woes in recent weeks, Sobiech’s performance in Sandhausen eased nerves somewhat. The disorganisation that led to a 3:5 loss against Paderborn was largely gone, and a no-nonsense approach from the former FCSP man was a big part of that.
CB: Marvin Friedrich (1. FC Union Berlin)
It might have taken a move to 2. Bundesliga for Marvin Friedrich to show his true potential. However, with Union, he has become an integral part of their defence. Beside the experienced head of Florian Hübner, he seems to only be getting better and looks set to lead the Berliners backline for years to come.
LB: Philip Heise (Dynamo Dresden)
He was meant to leave Dynamo during the summer, if reports were to be believed, but Philip Heise continues to be an important part of their side. The left-back only emphasised that against Darmstadt, grabbing a goal and an assist to help SGD to their first home win under Maik Walpurgis. Heise is looking like his old self once more.
DM: Marvin Knoll (FC St. Pauli)
When Marvin Knoll plays in defensive midfield, Sankt Pauli play a lot better. They might have lost their game against Aue last week with Knoll there, but with Christopher Avevor returned there was more freedom for the summer signing to get back to his best. It was another excellent, destructive showing in the heart of midfield.
CM: Andreas Geipl (Jahn Regensburg)
Often one of the most overlooked players in the league, Andreas Geipl rarely puts a foot wrong at the heart of the Jahn midfield. He’s not known for his attacking edge but two assists against HSV showed another side to his game that isn’t often illustrated. Aside from his efforts going forward, Geipl put in an all-round solid showing.
CM: Louis Schaub (1. FC Köln)
Louis Schaub is much too good for 2. Bundesliga, plain and simple. The Austrian set up Simon Terodde’s header, but not before some ridiculous control brought about a goal of the season contender. His bicycle kick on half-time broke the Sandhausen resistance, and was the highlight in a fine individual performance.
CF: Sargis Adamyan (Jahn Regensburg)
If there is a player who stole the show on Matchday 6, it’s Sargis Adamyan. He hadn’t scored before this game and made amends in stunning style. His hat-trick secured a historic win for Jahn and one which nobody saw coming. Now the challenge is to continue this form into a tough and testing English week.
CF: Robert Glatzel (1. FC Heidenheim)
He didn’t get the start in this game, yet Robert Glatzel turned on the style in the second-half to show why he should have been given the nod. A powerful header and a superb finish proved the difference between Heidenheim and an unbeaten Greuther Fürth on Sunday.
CF: Moussa Koné (Dynamo Dresden)
Moussa Koné also had a brace to his name this weekend, in what was an important day for Dynamo and the player himself. Koné has struggled for form this season but this could be a turning point, with a confident penalty for his first followed by a very well-taken second late in the game.
2. Bundesliga Team of the Week
(4-3-3) Pentke; Kalig, Sobiech, Friedrich, Heise; Geipl, Knoll, Schaub; Adamyan, Glatzel, Koné.
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