Bundesliga

Bundesliga Top Five, Round 20: Pentke the Hoffenheim hero

Plus two Bayern players make the cut after the comfortable victory away at Mainz

 
9:15am on Monday 3rd February 2020
By
Martin Macdonald
Philipp Pentke
GK - Hoffenheim - 34 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.1
Feb 1, 2020

Hoffenheim moved to within a point of Leverkusen in the Bundesliga table after a narrow 2-1 win, with Philipp Pentke ensuring they only conceded one goal after pulling off a magnificent nine saves to continually deny the visitors.

The goalkeeper could do nothing to prevent the opening goal which was superbly scored by Moussa Diaby, and thereafter remained solid between the sticks as the hosts came back from a goal down.

As Leverkusen continued to press to add to their goal tally, he helped to take the pressure off his defence with 15 ball recoveries which was the third-most of any player in the Bundesliga this weekend.

Jadon Sancho
AM (RL) - Dortmund - 19 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
9.0
Feb 1, 2020

Dortmund were in superb form this matchday, beating Union Berlin 5-0, with Jadon Sancho the star of the show with a goal and assist. It was his strike which opened the scoring 13 minutes in, and although he was given a helping hand with a deflection, his twisting and turning dribble into the box earned him the slice of luck.

He would then turn provider for the fourth, once again via a composed run from the left wing, where he would slide a pass into the box for Axel Witsel to convert into the roof of the net.

The former Man City youngster sent 18 passes into the final third, and also completed the second-most dribbles in this round of fixtures with six.

Thiago Alcântara
DM, M (C) - Bayern - 28 yrs
MAN OF THE MATCH
90'
8.9
Feb 1, 2020

Bayern made it three wins out of three in 2020 after putting three past Mainz, with Thiago in supreme form for the Bavarians.

As usual, his passing was excellent, as he completed 80 balls to team-mates, while enjoying the second-most touches in the Bundesliga with 116. It was an all-round superb outing in midfield, as he won 14/19 duels which was the most in the league.

To cap off his performance, he scored the goal of the game, displaying incredible composure to dance his way into the penalty area, evading challenge after challenge before rifling a left-footed strike into the corner.

Moussa Diaby
W (R), AM (L) - Leverkusen - 20 yrs
90'
8.8
Feb 1, 2020

Diaby was unlucky to be on the losing side for Leverkusen after Hoffenheim came back to win 2-1, as it was his superb goal which actually opened the scoring for the visitors.

Utilising his immense speed, he knocked the ball past the defender and sped past to catch it before lashing a cracking finish into the corner.

He completed six dribbles which was only inferior to Thiago of Bayern, and sent five successful crosses into the box.

Benjamin Pavard
D (RC) - Bayern - 23 yrs
90'
8.5
Feb 1, 2020

Benjamin Pavard was outstanding down the right for Bayern in the win over Mainz, earning one of the best assists of the day with a fabulous, curled cross into the centre of the box for Robert Lewandowski to bullet a header home.

That was one of four successful crosses he sent, while he also guided 19 passes into the final third.

Defensively, he won 8/13 duels, 6/9 aerial duels, and 100% of his tackles, as well as making three ball recoveries, four interceptions, and two clearances.

HONOURABLE MENTION

In the final game of the round, Wolfsburg beat Paderborn 4-2 to end their awful run of form. Daniel Ginczek (8.4) was the difference as he scored two of the four to claim all three points for his side.

ROUND TO FORGET

Union Berlin goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz (4.1) was unable to stop the Dortmund wave of goals, conceding five while also making just two saves.

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