2. Bundesliga continued to deliver during a series of tough and hard-fought midweek matches that left fans and players on edge to the bitter end. But who was ready to show their worth when it mattered? Here is our 2. Bundesliga Team of the Week for Matchday 7.
GK: Markus Schubert (Dynamo Dresden)
After coming into the side for a period last season, Markus Schubert has been entrusted with the number one shirt since the start of this campaign. While Tim Boss’ injury may have made that decision a little easier at the beginning, a goalkeeping masterclass against VfL Bochum put any doubts to bed.
CB: Marco Hartmann (Dynamo Dresden)
A change of formation and position for Marco Hartmann has helped him regain his old form. He wasn’t necessarily off the pace in midfield, yet a move to centre-half has helped him set the pace from the get-go and his experience is a huge plus for Dynamo. He did a great job of marshalling the back three in Bochum.
CB: Tim Kister (SV Sandhausen)
It’s been a big couple of weeks for Sandhausen and while they might have lost against Köln last time, out, three of four games unbeaten represents a turning point. That was capped off with a fine 0:2 win in Aue, where Tim Kister came back from the dead after catching a Mario Kvesic shot flush in the face. He is their defensive rock.
CB: David Bates (Hamburger SV)
The Scot has not got the credit he deserves since joining HSV, but the truth is clear. With David Bates on the pitch, Christian Titz’s men have conceded just once in 416 minutes. They’ve conceded nine times in the 214 without him. Bates put in another fine performance against Fürth to shut out Daniel Keita-Ruel and the Shamrocks.
RM: Rurik Gislason (SV Sandhausen)
It’s been a whirlwind summer for Rurik Gislason, who has got straight back to the hard work with Sandhausen following his World Cup journey. He has been performing very well out on the right wing for Kenan Kocak since his return, notably during their first win of the season. The right wing-back role could be what suits him best.
CM: Sebastian Ernst (SpVgg Greuther Fürth)
Since he’s been moved to central midfield, Sebastian Ernst has proven to be nothing short of a revelation. Dynamic and a driving force in the middle, Ernst has given Fürth impetus when they needed it. That was especially clear in the latter stages against HSV, where he continued to march on despite making his presence felt for 90 minutes.
CM: Sebastian Maier (VfL Bochum)
Despite the fact they lost on Tuesday, Sebastian Maier was a man possessed in midfield. Had it not been for Markus Schubert between the sticks, then Maier may well have been celebrating a hat-trick. He has shown his ability to link the play, and now it just remains to see him find the back of the net for the first time. That surely isn’t far away.
LM: Florian Hartherz (Arminia Bielefeld)
When others would have wilted under the pressure, the same could not be said of Florian Hartherz. After a fine game on the left with Andy Lucoqui, the experienced defender managed to keep his cool to slot past Daniel Heuer Fernandes and cap off a fantastic performance with a late, late winner.
CF: Joan Simun Edmundsson (Arminia Bielefeld)
The man who supplied that pass with the Faroese sensation, Joan Simun Edmundsson. He also teed up Robert Massimo for the equaliser, and his influence on this Arminia side knows no bounds. In an unfamiliar position, at least in terms of while with Arminia, he put in a solid showing that was rewarded with his late double-assist-salvo.
CF: Sebastian Polter (1. FC Union Berlin)
After months out with injury, a bicycle kick in the final minute against Holstein Kiel is a pretty decent way to announce your return. That’s just what Sebastian Polter came up with on Tuesday. With Union now in second and with Sebastian Andersson pushing him all the way, the capital club have an embarrassment of riches in attack.
CF: Simon Terodde (1. FC Köln)
Yes, he’s back again. A brace against Ingolstadt put Simon Terodde onto 10 goals for the season and gave him his 99th 2. Bundesliga goal. He could hit 100 against Arminia this week but in terms of getting the key goals, he most certainly did just that in what was a tough defensive display from the Schanzer.
2. Bundesliga Team of the Week
(3-4-3) Schubert; Hartmann, Kister, Bates; Gislason, Ernst, Maier, Hartherz; Terodde, Polter, Edmundsson.
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